Napa Refresher at Fleming’s

An Ongoing Tour of Local Cocktails

Napa Refresher

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

11287 Parkside Drive


Square One Organic Basil Vodka

Pineapple Juice


Basil leaves

What makes it special?

Wow—this libation summons a happy face as soon as it hits the bar before you; the aroma of pineapple leaps from the glass and practically slaps you in the face with summery joy. Served in a classic cocktail saucer, the drink is icy and frothy from a good turn in the shaker. Of course, what distinguishes this drink is the unmistakable aroma and flavor of basil. It’s not overly herbal or weedy as basil can sometimes taste when shaken, not stirred. Instead, it’s super-fresh and heady, especially in this pairing with pineapple juice and fresh lime—it’s a kind of the-tropics-meet-the-kitchen-garden moment. The basil flavor is abundant, so don’t bother trying it if you’re not a fan of the herb. The vodka brings an additional basil blast, but the alcohol itself is barely noticeable—so take care, because this refresher is tasty and can go down pretty quickly.

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