A Refined British Cocktail Recipe

Strawberries and basil translate to a garden-fresh sensation in this sophisticated cocktail.
The Casanova Cocktail

The Casanova Cocktail

London's Dorchester Hotel features a summer cocktail, The Casanova, centered on an inspired, garden-fresh combination of strawberries and basil.

Photo by: Image courtesy of the Dorchester

Image courtesy of the Dorchester

Travel the world and you'd be hard-pressed to find a destination as elegant and plush as London's Hyde park-facing Dorchester Hotel

Like several luxury London hotels, the Dorchester boasts its own in-house, baby-faced floral designer Phil Hammond, whose sumptuous arrangements perfume the already rarefied air.

The hotel features a quintessential British tea served six times daily and showcasing a selection of custom teas, champagne, delicate sandwiches and a host of scones and exquisite pastries. Lingering over a cup of dozens of possible tea choices with growing notes describing a provenance on a Sri Lanka hillside or in India's Teesta Valley is a unique pleasure. Adding immeasurably to the experience is the prime people watching as you observe the fascinating comings and goings of high-powered businessmen ignoring their tea as they maneuver multiple cell phones and gaggles of giggling, Euro-chic teenagers sporting ropes of gold jewelry and designer bags. 

But if lingering over a cocktail is more your speed, the Dorchester features a selection of seasonal specialties including the Casanova, a summer blend of ripe strawberries and the unexpected, delightfully savory addition of fresh basil.

The Casanova

  •  25 ml.  Aperol
  •  25 ml. Punt e Mes Italian vermouth
  • 10 ml. Crème de peche liqueur
  •  1 or 2 large strawberries
  •  2 basil leaves
  •  Prosecco

Build in a large wine glass over ice cubes.

Cut the  strawberries in quarter and drop in the glass as well as the basil leaves.

Top with the prosecco and give a gentle stir.

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