Isn’t there something about summer that begs for an icy cold cocktail? Think sunshine, warm deck, lots of friends, you get my drift. What’s interesting to me, is how those of us who seem to care so much about the food we put in our bodies (whole, organic, unprocessed) throw everything out the window when it comes to drinking. It’s bad for you anyway so why worry about it, right?
Luckily I had the opportunity to meet with Cocktail Chef Matthew Biancaniello who showed me a whole new way of thinking about drinking. What seems obvious but somehow never really clicked is that just like with food, when you use whole, real, unprocessed ingredients in your cocktails, they taste much better and you feel much, much better. That means more fun and less headaches. Learn Matthew’s tips along with a great drink recipe in the video below.
South Side of Sicily Drink Recipe
1/4 cup strawberries
1-2 leaves sweet basil
3/4 ounce (a bit less than 2 tablespoons) agave nectar
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) watermelon juice
2 ounces (1/4 cup) tequila or sparkling water
Muddle strawberries and basil together in a cup. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake well to blend. Strain over ice and serve.