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I absolutely love my baking stone (I have a square pizza stone similar to this one because it is more versatile than a round one.) I use it all the time and for pretty much everything I put in the oven. ( Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience .) Which I learned is a mistake. The food I bake on my pizza stone is starting to taste weird. The stone smells and smokes when I put it in a hot oven. Why? Because baking and pizza stones are porous. That’s how they do their job of creating perfectly baked bread and pizza crusts. But the porous stone can also absorb and trap the fats and oils in the food baked on top of it. Over time, the oil heats and releases into the lovely seasoning you created by baking on the stone and makes your pizza or bread taste awful and/or fill your kitchen with eye watering smoke. Bleach! In other words, I should have used a metal baking sheet to make oven baked French fries and not my baking stone. Oops. Save this tutorial to

Blueberry Basil Martini Recipe

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Torani and Joy Jolt, however, all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. #ad #joyjolt #ToraniFlavor #SummerGrilling

One of my summer patio garden must haves is basil. It is easy to grow and versatile, which comes in handy when all of my basil plants decide they need harvesting at the same time. That’s why one my favorite summer cocktails to make is a blueberry basil martini.

The thing is, I don’t make it as often as I like because muddling blueberries is messy and fresh blueberries almost always start to go bad the second I bring them home from the store. Fortunately, there is an easy no mess solution to that – use Torani Blueberry syrup and serve it in a sturdy Joy Jolt martini glass!

Because the other reason I don’t make martinis more often is that I am terrible about accidently breaking the thin stems of my martini glasses, which isn’t an issue with the thick base of my Joy Jolt Carre glasses. See?

easy blueberry basil martini recipe
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You will need these ingredients:

2 Ounces of Vodka

1 1/2 Ounces of Torani Blueberry Syrup (you can get it here)

1/2 an Ounce of Grapefruit Vodka

2 Fresh Basil Leaves

Ice cubes

Blueberries to garnish – I am using frozen blueberries to help keep the martini cold

Step by step how to make this recipe:

1. Pour the vodka, Torani Blueberry syrup, grapefruit vodka, basil leaves, and ice cubes into a cocktail shaker (it looks like this)

2. Shake for five minutes, more or less.

3. Strain into a Joy Jolt Carre Martini Glass (you can get it here), garnish with basil, and enjoy!

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Official Rules and Conditions for the #SummerGrilling Giveaway: Official Rules and Conditions for the #SummerGrilling Giveaway: One grand prize winner will receive a prize package including:
  • iGrill Mini Grilling Thermometer from BBQGuys
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Ang Paris said…
What a yummy cocktail! Pinning :)
Karen said…
So many delicious flavors in the syrups! Your cocktail sounds delicious.
Anne said…
This os a beautiful cocktail, I love those glasses!
Teresa B said…
Looks beautiful. I'm not a huge fan of cocktails, but I love this for the color alone.
Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.
Jinxy and Me said…
I love to grill chicken kebabs!