Indian Summer Martini

I have a blog friend who tends to be on an eerily similar food wavelength a lot of the time.

Like when I opened up the blog this morning and saw her comment on my peach simple syrup post:

“Oooh. I want a bottle of that in my fridge for some Indian summer mojitos!” – Danguole, 10th Kitchen

I actually laughed out loud. Yes, Danguole. Me too. Except I am not a gin girl. I prefer vodka.

And it’s a done deal.

Here we have a martini.

And I’m going to borrow your name – I like it, and I stink at coming up with cocktail names.

My brain storming had so far only (embarrassingly) led me to “The Skinny & Bubbly”.


Skinny & Bubbly should either be the names of the cats I don’t have, or it should be the description I’d use for a Zumba instructor.

So Indian Summer Martini it will be.

So much more elegant. Thank you Danguole.

It is worth stating though, that prepared as below, it’s a mixed drink for around 115 calories. That’s pretty good for a mixed drink – they usually run a lot more calorie heavy.

I’ll skip my daily cucumber and keep the Triple Sec.

That’s a wise choice, isn’t it?

We can get our greens from the basil.

Indian Summer Martini


  • 2-4 fresh Basil leaves
  • Crushed ice
  • 1 ounce Absolut Citron vodka
  • .5 ounces Triple Sec
  • 2 teaspoons Peach Simple Syrup
  • 5 ounces Club soda


Add basil leaves to tumbler and muddle.

Add crushed ice.

Add vodka, Triple sec, and simple syrup.

Top with club soda.


5 thoughts on “Indian Summer Martini

  1. Sure. Give Dangoule all the credit (I don’t know you Dangoule, but it seems like you’re a girl that can take a little razzing…). Don’t mention the 30-minute conversation where we talked about various ways we could muddle basil into a drink without gin. True, I didn’t provide much helpful input, really–but I was there! 😉

    Nah, that’s ok. This is all your brain-child, baby! 🙂

    • Ahhhh. We talked about RASPBERRIES and basil though. . . . And more about all the inappropriate ways to mix a margarita with vodka instead of tequila. C’mon now. We did NOT talk about PEACH and basil. . . . But you’re right, we DID discuss muddled basil instead of mint, and vodka instead of gin. . . . 😉

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