Obicà Mozzarella Bar, an Italian eatery with a location in New York’s Flatiron district, hosted an event celebrating 10-year anniversary, and as you could guess, cocktails were a big part of the event. The Opera Prima was a favorite — one attendee commented “It’s so refreshing! It feels like a hot summer day with every sip, and I love the taste of basil and sugar, which are a perfect match, but much more original than a mojito.” This was the first cocktail that beverage director Fabrizio Argiolas put on Obicà’s cocktail menu, and he named it accordingly; opera prima means “first opera” in Italian.
2 ounces lemon-infused Russian Standard Vodka
1 ounce citrus mix
½ ounce cane syrup
10 basil leaves
Mist of Sambuca
For citrus mix: Combine equal parts strained lemon juice, lime juice, and filtered water.
Mist chilled cocktail glass with Sambuca
Muddle the basil gently in a shaker then add the other ingredients, including citrus mix.
Fill with ice, shake.
Pour into glass using double strain.
Garnish with a sprig of basil.