Ahhh, Summer. The time when everyone wants to drink but nobody wants to gain weight. So we try to turn down the beers (I know, so hard) and turn to cocktails. Which is awesome for me, because I’m inspired to create more and more of them, with fresh and easy ingredients.
I recently was asked to make cocktails for a housewarming party. The people were awesome and they just wanted something refreshing in this muggy city weather. I went with this basil-cucumber infused gin + tonic, and it did not disappoint.
I made pitchers for the party, so this recipe is according to that, but at the bottom I included the recipe if you were to make just 1-4 single drinks for you and your few friends.
And remember.. Measure Carefully + Drink Responsibly – Your Mother wants you to call her in the morning.
Ingredients (For one large pitcher)
1/2 Bottle of Gin
1/4 – 1/2 Bottle of St. Germain
1/2 Liter of Tonic Water
1/2 Cup of Sugar + 2 Cups of Water (for simple syrup)
First: In a pot of water, boil 1/2 cup of Sugar and 2 Cups of Water. This makes simple syrup (Just like that stuff they squeeze into all of your girly Starbucks drinks).
When that is boiling on low, and the sugar has mostly evaporated, throw in about 6 slices of cucumbers, and a handful of basil leaves. You want more basil than cucumber in this.
Let all of that boil for about 10-12 minutes. Taste accordingly to see if the basil and cucumber are infused enough with the sugar water.
Jar all of that up to use.
Any extra can always be used for refreshing Basil-Cucumber Lemonade! 🙂
In one pitcher, you would pour about 1/4 to 1/2 of the bottle of Gin into it. Do not go crazy on the Gin, because the St. Germain adds more liquor and flavor.
Whatever amount you add of gin, you want to add exactly HALF of that with the St. Germain. This gives it a sweet flavor.
That same amount that you use of St. Germain, you should use of the basil-cucumber simple syrup concoction.
Top it off with as much Tonic Water or Soda Water as you please. This allows the drink to not become so overly sweet, and adds bubbles for refreshment.
Garnish with extra basil leaves, cucumbers, and a lime.
If you were making one drink in one glass:
You would add: 1 oz Gin, 1/2 oz St. Germain, 1/2 oz simple syrup, hefty splash of tonic.
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