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Strawberry Fields Cocktail

Emerils New Orleans Strawberry FieldsSouthern summers are often best known for their 90-degree temperatures and stifling thick air. One of the best ways to deaden the heat and humidity is by cooling off with a drink. This simple fruity cocktail from Emeril’s New Orleans restaurant is perfect for poolside sipping.

1 1/2 oz. strawberry puree
1 oz. Aperol
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. red wine
1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 basil leaves

Muddle 3 basil leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add Aperol, simple syrup, red wine, lemon juice and a scoop of ice. Shake well to combine. Strain into a pilsner glass over fresh ice and garnish with the remaining sprig of basil.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Chef Emeril Lagasse.

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