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.
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!!