Summer Harvest Happy Hour: The Four Aces

Just like with food, cocktails are better with fresh ingredients. So I’m always curious as to what’s coming in to season and what might make good ingredients for a tasty drink. For example, this spring, we had a great mint crop and so there were lots of mint juleps and newcomers like the Añejo Smash.

Well, this summer the Beloved has had a bumper basil crop and this past week we got a gorgeous bunch of red grapes in our CSA box. These two items tickled a couple of neurons and I remembered a great summer drink: The Four Aces.

To start, add 6-8 grapes and 6-8 basil leaves to the your shaker. Muddle.

To that add:

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • ½ oz lime juice

Shake vigorously with ice and fine strain into a cocktail glass (this drink is fine on the rocks too, but I like it up). Garnish with a basil leaf.

Four Aces

The grapes and basil come together in a remarkably wonderful way, sweet and earthy all at the same time.

Oh look, mine’s done. Happy Summer!!

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