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Zinc Cocktail

Zinc : A Strawberry, Lime, Basil & Rum Cocktail

When I was 18, my mom and I went to Paris together after I graduated from high school. It was an amazing trip - I bought my first pair of Marc Jacobs flats (which I felt so fancy for ordering my size in a department store in French) and ate delicious foods. But one of the best memories is going to the hotel lounge and ordering a cocktail. Their cocktail menu was full of drinks named after the elemental table, all in French. I took to ordering the 'Zinc', which is kind of unrelated to the element, but a muddled concoction of lime and strawberry and rum. I kept getting them nearly nightly, then returning to the states where kids my age drank cheap beer. See now why I never drank in college? Having my first beverages at a fancy bar in Paris really didn't help there, but I'm quite happy I ended up this way. So here's my first and favorite drink.

Zinc : A Strawberry, Lime, Basil & Rum Cocktail

Zinc : A Strawberry, Lime, Basil & Rum Cocktail 

What You'll Need
Light Rum
2-3 Stems of Basil Leaves
2 Limes
4-6 Strawberries
Club Soda
Ice

Zinc : A Strawberry, Lime, Basil & Rum Cocktail 

First, place 2-3 (depending on how large) washed strawberries, the juice of 1 small lime, and a small handful of basil leaves in the bottom of a glass. With a muddler, mix/mudle well. While it will seem easier to cut the strawberries up then put them in, you lose some of the yummy juices mixing with the lime, so trust me, put them in whole. That's how the French bartender did it.

Zinc : A Strawberry, Lime, Basil & Rum Cocktail

Add 3-4 ice cubes. Pour 1 shot of light rum over the mixture, then fill to the top with club soda.

Zinc : A Strawberry, Lime, Basil & Rum Cocktail 

Stir well and serve with a strawberry as decor!

Zinc : A Strawberry, Lime, Basil & Rum Cocktail

28 comments:

  1. ahhh I remember when you went to Paris! :) And mmm this looks delicious, thanks for sharing - I should really attempt this concoction one weekend!

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  2. This sounds seriously amazing, and i think I am making this my drink of choice for spring/summer. How delicious!
    xJennaD

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  3. this is super pretty! and sounds like a great drink to cool off with :P

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  4. This sounds fantastic, perfect for spring!

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  5. Wow this sounds AMAZING! Having a girls week next weekend, I think this may need to be the drink of choice.

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  6. This sounds yummy!! I love fruity drinks. :)

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  7. I don't really drink rum and I was talking to my local bartender about what it was/how to drink it. THEN THIS. This looks like a perfect spring drink.

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  8. This is such a beautiful cocktail and makes me want the weekend to be here already x
    M

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  9. I just love strawberries in drinks!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  10. awww...so cute that you went to Paris with your mom! =)
    And love that this drink was your first too! My first memory of drinking was not as romantic. haha
    xo,
    nancy

    http://adoretoadorn.blogspot.com

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  11. Whenever I see your cocktail posts, I never really feel like I can comment on them being someone who isn't old enough (or, no offense, doesn't really plan on drinking much in the future lol) but can I just say your pictures of them are always AWESOME? Like, pro status, bro. Get it.

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  12. Talk about a sweet story behind a sweet drink! I love that such a delicious looking recipe has a great memory for you attached. :)

    http://dresseduplikealady.com

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  13. This cocktail looks so fancy! I'm dreaming to be in Paris now.. oh wait wait! I'm going to Paris this summer!! yay!
    Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  14. aww, that looks delicious! xoxo

    www.roxysun.com

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  15. I love Paris! I can't wait to go back one day, and actually be able to afford to go shopping :)

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

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  16. Ugh! Paris! I must get there, and drink cocktails. These look delish! Great shots too!
    xo
    ashley
    www.thephotogramps.blogspot.com

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  17. this looks DELISH and right up my ally! so refreshing!

    xxx
    Lady à la Mode

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  18. This looks amazing, I would love it.

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  19. Thank you for sharing, these sound yummy!

    Adrienne
    What Lola Wants

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  20. Sounds delicious and perfect for summer!

    Bevin
    magnoliareverie.blogspot.com

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  21. lol yep, I go to the University of Alabama... ahh, I just find it strange how much people know about those two universities, haha. It's what this place is known for, I suppose! And yet I've never seen this show you're talking about, but I looked it up and it looks pretty interesting.

    Your college looks rad! So many neat buildings... aah! Ours are pretty traditional, but we're got a weird penis shaped statue in the art quad, so that's awesome and stuff. Haha, I've actually never taken any photos at my college... I usually take them around my house on the weekend! Sorry for the deceit. I'm way too shy to take public pictures yet! But maybe one day I'll be brave and do some in the early morning when many people aren't around. :)



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  22. This looks beyond amazing! The perfect summer drink! I'm going to bookmark this recipe for the weekend :)

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  23. This sounds and looks delicious!

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