Beat the heat with this delicious Watermelon Basil Slushie! Kep on cookin and shakin! Secure the lid and shake for thirty seconds. Make Ahead: Prepare the simple syrup by heating equal parts water and sugar until dissolved, about 3 minutes. Cut the watermelon into 1 1/2 inch chunks to muddle. ha! This keeps well in the refrigerator for a few days. This looks amazing and sooooooo refreshing! Combine the basil and watermelon in a cocktail shaker. Muddle until well smashed and soupy. Strain onto fresh ice in a double old fashioned glass. Sprinkle basil chiffonade over glasses. No, he’s not in the military, but his name is Dan. Our friends and family think it’s odd that we take vacations to seek out a particilar cuisine or chef we’ve read about! Add basil and blend on low until leaves are broken up. Muddle the basil against the sides of the pitcher with a spoon. So very nice to meet you Lieutenant Dan!!!! Fill serving glass with ice and fill halfway with strawberry basil soda, top with the tequila and rum mixture. Taste and add more sugar if desired. What you end up with is a delicious juice that tastes like a summer melon with just a hint of basil. Purée until smooth. You'll need to prep a day ahead to allow time to freeze your favorite rosé wine in ice cube trays, freeze watermelon cubes, and make the basil simple syrup (it's very easy). and he uses my favorite gin? Got a tip, kitchen tour, or other story our readers should see? Many of our family vacations revolve around what restaurants to try or what regional cuisine is in season. I definitely need a glass of this tonight! I love the name Lieutenant Dan! So glad I saw this pinned! I love the combination! The soda takes only minutes to put together. Strain the watermelon through fine-mesh strainer or cheese cloth and discard the pulp. My husband’s favorite movie (ever) is Forrest Gump. I am dying over these pictures – so good! It’s the perfect light summer cocktail, … Strain the margarita into the rimmed cocktail … Keep the fruit concentrate, simple syrup, and seltzer water separately in the fridge, then mix just before serving. Today would have been perfect weather for this, but there’s always tomorrow ;). Take 2-4 Basil leaves, roll leaves and thinly slice into a chiffonade. Pingback: End of Summer Drink Recipes - GRUBBED Blog. I think I actually have everything here to make it! Add the watermelon juice, mezcal and a few ice cubes and shake vigorously to combine. For this refreshing drink I went with watermelon and lemon. So by simple deduction, watermelon and basil served together in a glass of lime and sugar over ice in the middle of July is nothing short of perfection. :), (we are a unit of food and drink lovers as well ;) ). Agua fresca is a Spanish term that translates literally as “fresh water.” Common street-stall beverages throughout South America, they are made by blending fresh fruit with water or ice, lime, salt, and sometimes herbs. Place the watermelon, basil and salt in a cocktail shaker. So pretty! Into a cocktail tin and ice, tequila, Jamaican dark rum, watermelon pucker, strawberry syrup, fresh lemon juice, and citrus bitters. Here in Spain the watermelons are so sweet and delicious I know this would come out great! Part of it will be reserved for making these xoxo, Cute post!! Pour in approximately 1 Tablespoon of the cocktail mix and muddle together. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale. Peel … lol Your cocktail looks so refreshing and so delish! This is a good thing considering I have a recipe developer, chef and blogger queen as my wife. So with that in mind, I have agreed to embark on a once a month post entitled “Cocktails with Lieutenant Dan.” (I know, I know – super cheesy name, but doesn’t hearing Forrest say Lieutenant Dayyan make you smile). It may not officially be summer yet, but it sure feels like it. Common knowledge: watermelon and July go together like sunshine and sunscreen — can’t have one without the other. Make the Basil Simple Syrup: In small saucepot, stir together sugar, water and basil… How about a thick cut ribeye or robust California Cab? Garnish with lime wedges and basil leaves for a lovely presentation. I definitely need to give this a try soon! I will share classics which I learned from my Great Grandmother and grandmother (where I learned to appreciate cocktails – more on that later) as well as some custom concoctions. Do I go with the chocolate cake or a single malt? Pingback: Squeeze Every Last Ounce of Flavor from Summer Produce with These Unique Cocktails – Bainbridge Today, Pingback: World's Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail, Pingback: Confessions of a Mixologist: 4 Epic Bramble Cocktails | Binny's BlogBinny's Blog, Pingback: 20 Recipes: Eat Watermelon All Day Long |. This drink looks right up my alley! In that way the wife and I are different. Perfect for warm weather with this balanced juxtaposition of sweet and savory a unique take on the … Fill with ice, place the lid on the shaker and shake well—30 seconds or so. In a cocktail shaker, muddle 3 basil leaves with a ginger slice, 1 watermelon chunk and simple syrup. Thank you! NEW! "Cocktails with Lieutenant Dan" featuring a real doozy: the. Watermelon and gin are such a wonderful combination… but one I’d never thought to make. Basil has a sweet and almost spicy flavor that is a little reminiscent of anise. I want to hang out with your family!! (The basil garnish is the cherry on top—every sip buries your nose in the fragrant leaves.). The perfect summer/warm weather drink. I have yet to make my own watermelon cocktail – this looks perfect, as I’ve recently become a fan of gin. i can’t wait to see what else you shake up :). Top each glass with a basil leaf and enjoy! Do not copy or publish A Spicy Perspective content without prior consent. Add the gin, lime juice and simple syrup. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Cut the watermelon into 1 1/2-inch chunks. Watermelon Martini. The soda takes only minutes to put together. You make one mean drink! Hi Dan, this sounds like my kind of cocktail, looking forward to seeing more! I love Forrest Gump and the references made me smile this morning. Add additional mint leaves to garnish, as well as watermelon … Apartment Therapy is full of ideas for creating a warm, beautiful, healthy home. Can’t wait to give this a try! Instructions In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice and zest with the syrup, watermelon, and 3 basil leaves. Which brings us to our first cocktail with Lieutenant Dan – the Watermelon Basil Bramble, a watermelon basil gin cocktail. Making this recipe? Iced Watermelon Matcha with Basil (or another herb!) Pinning it now! How much watermelon do you into the chunks??? Dan!! Keep the fruit concentrate, simple syrup, and seltzer water separately in the fridge, then mix just before serving. Perfect for summer and unpredictable. :). We go together like peas and carrots. It pairs really well with fruits like watermelon, peaches, berries, and citrus. Enjoy! Your email address will not be published. Your email will not be published or shared. Is this pretty or what? I absolutely love that your husband is guest posting! i just said “Lt. She also writes here. Your email address will not be published. wth? This is the first of many posts we’ll categorize as “Cocktails with Lieutenant Dan” and we’re starting with a real doozy, a Watermelon Basil Gin Cocktail. Pour into a glass and garnish with extra watermelon and basil. Lt. Dan knows how to make a mean cocktail, that is for sure. Food is a major part of our life. Add ice, GREY GOOSE® Vodka, and lime juice. Double-strain into an ice-filled glass. Strain the basil mixture into the same pitcher as the watermelon juice. Looks so darn refreshing!! The base of the cocktail is watermelon juice muddled with fresh basil. So nice to meet you, Lt. Dan :), This looks fabulous, Lt Dan! I can totally see floating in a pool with one of these drinks in my hand. Green Tea Frappuccino ~ Sandra’s Easy Cooking, Strawberry Wine Punch ~ Miss In The Kitchen. Dan” in my forrest gump voice – great movie! Similarly, on the savory side of things, basil and July go together like blue skies and pool days — together, bliss. I’ve been making cocktails featuring rum all afternoon, but seeing this makes me want to go out and buy some gin. The watermelon was cut up and blended, then fine-strained before we added it to the shaker with the lime juice, basil simple syrup and tequila. If you don’t love basil, you can omit and just make a regular iced watermelon … Now I need a reason to give this one a try. Your wife is such a talent, so it’s so nice to see what a great team you make. He got the nickname Lt. Dan somewhere around July 1994, but I can’t exactly remember why. Garnish with basil … Whisk in tequila and lemon juice. Place the cubed watermelon in a resealable bag or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put in the freezer for at least 5 hours, or until frozen. This looks fabulous and it’s nice to meet you Lt. Dan! What People Want from a Healer in the Midst of a Pandemic, A Middle School Math Teacher Planning Lessons and Lunch, The Columbus, OH-based Forager Who's Become a TikTok Star, A Food Justice Advocate and Mother Talks Breastfeeding and Herb Gardens, Bryant Terry's Sautéed Cabbage and Roasted Potatoes, Vivian Howard's Baked Pimento Cheese and Sausage. :) Love this. Looks so refreshing! Nice to meet you Lt. Dan! You know the answer… Actually I would rather not have to choose in that situation and have both instead! My husband is more the calories from beverages kinda guy as well. This delicious watermelon cocktail is made with fresh (store bought) watermelon juice, mint, basil, and light rum. Scrolling down I caught the Forrest Gump association; what a flash back! I’m more of a margarita girl, but I’d be willing to give this a try. Add the gin, lime juice and simple syrup. Required fields are marked *. Looking forward to seeing your concoctions each month. This looks so delicious. Read on for the full recipe! Anyways, you get the point. Garnish with watermelon slices and/or basil leaves. Boil until sugar dissolves, discard the basil and chill. Then you can garnish each glass with extra watermelon. These cocktails sound delicious and would totally guzzle it down [minus the gin] right now! If an agua fresca is designed to refresh on a hot, busy street, I can’t think of a flavor that accomplishes this better than watermelon-basil. Love that, Sommer! Mine did for a while and got so into it, it was so fun. These cocktails look great – perfect for summertime! Now where do I find one? In a glass pitcher, combine the water, lime juice, and basil leaves. Place the watermelon, sugar, and 2 to 3 ice cubes in a blender. All images, recipes, and original text content are copyright protected. Place cubed watermelon, cucumber, basil, and lemon juice in blender or food processor. By commenting I offer my full consent to the privacy policy of A Spicy Perspective. And I love a good cocktail… can’t wait to see what Lt Dan continues to bring to the table, so to speak! Yeah, that’s definitely Forrest Gump (which came out in ’93 or ’94) :-) Too funny. Garnish with a frozen watermelon spear or wedge. Add rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice; shake until chilled, about 40 seconds. I'm Sommer Collier... Travel Enthusiast, and the Resident Cookery Queen of A Spicy Perspective. Place the watermelon, basil and salt in a cocktail shaker. This post made me smile, and so does this cocktail! To achieve this, you mash up a few pieces of watermelon with a couple basil leaves and then strain it to remove the pulp and seeds. But if I am being completely honest, as much as I love to eat… I really, really love to drink. Survey says – 18 year Dalwhinnie. I’m loving this drink series – thank you Sommer and Lt. Welcome to blogging :). Before developing this recipe, I was little skeptical, but I had extra watermelon and so much basil, so I gave it a try. There’s nothing hotter than a man who washes dishes, makes linguini from scratch, and shakes a mean martini. Michaela is a recipe developer for The Kitchn. Right before serving fill glasses with ice and pour the drink evenly into 8 glasses. Reading this made me think you were creating a bio of my husband and myself. 32 oz water Directions: Combine the watermelon, cucumber, basil… The martini is also a perfect venue for sweet … ½ cup diced cucumber. Fresh watermelon, basil, lime juice, and your favorite vodka or tequila combine to create a cold, delicious drink perfect for summertime. I love the idea of the monthly cocktail and you’ve started it out on a great note. The flavor is in all respects a win: the light sweetness of watermelon, the essence of summer in basil’s scent and flavor, and fresh lime. 6 ounces chilled lemon-lime … In a cocktail shaker combine watermelon and basil; muddle until watermelon is broken up and juiced. Yum! Fortunately, he’s a keeper. 6 fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade. It’s summer, there are tons of fresh fruits and herbs, so why not muddle a few of them together with a bit of grandpas cough medicine! And yes… I’m all over this cocktail. Fill with ice, place the lid on the shaker … Give this Flat-Belly drink a whirl and let us know what you think! In a glass pitcher, combine the water, lime juice, and basil leaves. Oh and thanks for including Strawberry Wine Punch! As it turns out, I’ve been living under a rock: watermelon and basil are already a trusty summer salad, and as an agua fresca, they’re delightful. Pour the watermelon into the pitcher, stir, and serve over ice. Add sugar and mix until dissolved. Pour in 1/2 the watermelon juice; … Wonderful post and how sweet of you to let your hubby post. Pour watermelon/vodka mix over ice. Add the vodka and stir to combine. AHAHAHA! Garnish with a basil leaf and wedge of watermelon or dehydrated lime wheel. Fill 4 old fashioned glasses with ice. Watermelon, cucumber, fresh basil, and lime juice flavor a summer drink that's fancy enough for guests. Have a wonderful weekend! Fabulous cocktail. Place mint leaves in the bottom of a pitcher. Add 1/2 cup cocktail mix to cups, ice, top off with 1/2 cup seltzer, and stir. My Husband needs to hang out with the Lt. so he can learn to make pasta and do dishes! Puree watermelon and sugar in a blender until smooth. The agua fresca will separate if stored in the refrigerator. Perfect for a hot summer night! Chill until cold, at least one hour. Muddle the basil against the sides of the pitcher with a spoon. I'm here to help you make mealtime memorable, and life a little spicy! End of Summer Drink Recipes - GRUBBED Blog, Squeeze Every Last Ounce of Flavor from Summer Produce with These Unique Cocktails – Bainbridge Today, Confessions of a Mixologist: 4 Epic Bramble Cocktails | Binny's BlogBinny's Blog, 20 Recipes: Eat Watermelon All Day Long |. In many ways our lives revolve around food –food for sustenance, entertainment, community and family. We often say she likes to eat her calories and I like to drink them (which is why we both have to work out all the time). My answer – gin or vodka. Lovin this cocktail! Drink look very refreshing, thank you for sharing and also for linking my frap too! I feel convinced THAT Lt. Dan was not sporting mixology magic like this! Watermelon Matcha is actually a popular and very tasty combination and because of the two colours, it makes such a visually appealing drink. Fill two cocktail glasses with ice and pour the cocktail through a strainer into the … Divide the slush evenly between 6 small … Put 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and a small bunch of basil in a small saucepan. Then, when you're ready to serve, pop everything into the blender. Instructions. Nice and refreshing! Delicious! So with that in mind, I give you Lt. Dan…. Watermelon, cucumber, fresh basil, and lime juice flavor a summer drink that's fancy enough for guests. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. But if it is too sweet, why not use Selzer instead of 7UP? All Rights Reserved. Watermelon Basil Lemonade - 4 ingredients, all kinds of awesome. Do I have the exquisite appetizer or martini? I have a watermelon in the garage fridge right now. Deselect All. Simply stir and garnish with fresh lime. Muddle them together until well broken down. Or do I??? So, that’s how this iced watermelon basil matcha drink was born! Serve in ice-filled rocks glasses. This looks stunning! Add the watermelon, ice cubes, coconut milk, syrup and basil to a high-speed blender and purée on high for 2 minutes, until smooth. 1 cup small watermelon cubes. That looks so wonderful. She spent her childhood pulling carrots and hunting wild strawberries on a sustainable farm, actually believes that fresh food is the best medicine, and drinks more tea than is proper. This looks so refreshing, I love the watermelon and basil combo! Yield: 4 servings (8 oz per serving) Ingredients: ½ cup cubed watermelon. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. The kids are out of school, the … Absolutely love the photos and fun to hear from the hubby! OH my gosh, you are so cute. FREE EMAIL SERIES My fav tips to make you a better cook...right now! and he does the dishes? That sounds wonderful! Add the basil leaves and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and muddle gently. ©2010 — 2020 A Spicy Perspective. Pour the watermelon into the pitcher, stir, and serve over ice. Strain into pitcher. Follow us on Instagram and tag @ASpicyPerspective so we can share what you’re cooking! Strain the watermelon through fine-mesh strainer or cheese cloth and discard the pulp. Add the gin … Nice to meet you mr. Lt. Dan. Garnish with lime and basil. Set aside to cool. Juice of ½ lime. Patrón Silver / watermelon / basil / lime Handcrafted from the finest 100% Weber Blue Agave, aged 3 to 5 months in barrels, Patron Reposado is the perfect tequila for a refreshingly herbal and fruity margarita. Watermelon Cucumber Basil “Detox” Drink. 6-8 basil leaves.

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