Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria – St. Louis, MO

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria is a popular restaurant in the St. Louis area. I was lucky enough to get a chance to visit for lunch on this day. So, of course, I took the opportunity to try a Margarita. And Katie’s had a very interesting variation that I wanted to taste.

Called the Basil Mash Margarita, I certainly had to see what basil flavor could do in a Margarita. I am a fan of basil, along with many other herbs and spices that are common to Italian and Hispanic foods, so I was excited to try. My main concern, as is true with many flavored Margaritas, was whether the additional flavor complements or distorts the base Margarita taste profile. Luckily, in this case the basil flavor did not get in the way of the core Margarita components. Given the additional basil flavor, the drink was well-balanced with good citrus and tequila flavor coming through. I give the Basil Mash Margarita an 8.