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Red Bell Pepper Cocktail
MAKES 1 COCKTAIL
Vincenzo Marianella, bar manager of Copa D'Oro in Santa Monica, California, makes drinks using vegetables he buys at his local farmers' market, especially red bell pepper, which he combines with grapes and, to counter the sweetness of the vegetable and fruit, a few leaves of basil.
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
2 basil leaves
5 chopped seedless grapes
1 slice red bell pepper, about 1″ thick
2 oz. vodka
3/4 oz. Crème Yvette
1/4 oz. simple syrup
Muddle together lemon juice, basil leaves, grapes, and bell pepper in a cocktail shaker. Add vodka, Crème Yvette, and simple syrup, stir, and strain into a cold old-fashioned glass over a 2″ x 2″ cube of ice.