This refreshing summer cocktail was another way to use my beautiful basil and special homegrown cucumbers from a friend. There is still time to enjoy one! 🙂
This recipe was adapted from liquor.com. It is an adaptation of a classic gin gimlet which is composed of gin, lime juice and simple syrup.
Yield: One cocktail
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka or gin
- 2 1/4-inch slices cucumber, peeled
- 2 fresh basil leaves. plus more for garnish
- 1 ounce lemonade
- 1/4 to 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, to taste
- Muddle the basil and cucumber in a shaker.
- Add remaining ingredients and ice and shake.
- Strain into a rocks glass over ice.
- Garnish with a basil leaf. Serve.
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Tags: basil, cocktail, cucumber, drink, gimlet, gin, lemonade, lime juice, summer, vodka
An article in the New York Times sparked this idea- but this was a much simpler take on the refreshing thought of frozen pureed watermelon. My only ice-cube tray has HUGE wells, so I made HUGE lemonade-watermelon ice cubes! We put them in seltzer water and in lemonade. The giant ice cubes took such a long time to melt that they kept the drinks nice and cold. Nice on a hot day. Slushy when melted. 🙂
- 5 cups cubed watermelon
- 1 cup lemonade (simple syrup could also be used)
In a blender, puree the watermelon and lemonade. Freeze until firm. Enjoy in lemonade or seltzer.