Add 1/2 cup cocktail mix to cups, ice, top off with 1/2 cup seltzer, and stir. Cut the watermelon into 1 1/2-inch chunks. Anyways, you get the point. I love Forrest Gump and the references made me smile this morning. It pairs really well with fruits like watermelon, peaches, berries, and citrus. 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 rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice; shake until chilled, about 40 seconds. Fill two cocktail glasses with ice and pour the cocktail through a strainer into the … Add ice, GREY GOOSE® Vodka, and lime juice. Before developing this recipe, I was little skeptical, but I had extra watermelon and so much basil, so I gave it a try. Secure the lid and shake for thirty seconds. Apartment Therapy is full of ideas for creating a warm, beautiful, healthy home. Dan!! This keeps well in the refrigerator for a few days. Serve in ice-filled rocks glasses. Which brings us to our first cocktail with Lieutenant Dan – the Watermelon Basil Bramble, a watermelon basil gin cocktail. Many of our family vacations revolve around what restaurants to try or what regional cuisine is in season. Peel … 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. Perfect for warm weather with this balanced juxtaposition of sweet and savory a unique take on the … Taste and add more sugar if desired. i just said “Lt. Fresh watermelon, basil, lime juice, and your favorite vodka or tequila combine to create a cold, delicious drink perfect for summertime. Add the gin, lime juice and simple syrup. Is this pretty or what? Beat the heat with this delicious Watermelon Basil Slushie! and he does the dishes? Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Kep on cookin and shakin! Enjoy! and he uses my favorite gin? I love the idea of the monthly cocktail and you’ve started it out on a great note. The soda takes only minutes to put together. Sprinkle basil chiffonade over glasses. Common knowledge: watermelon and July go together like sunshine and sunscreen — can’t have one without the other. Watermelon, cucumber, fresh basil, and lime juice flavor a summer drink that's fancy enough for guests. Oh and thanks for including Strawberry Wine Punch! Delicious! In a cocktail shaker combine watermelon and basil; muddle until watermelon is broken up and juiced. How much watermelon do you into the chunks??? Then you can garnish each glass with extra watermelon. 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. This delicious watermelon cocktail is made with fresh (store bought) watermelon juice, mint, basil, and light rum. Part of it will be reserved for making these xoxo, Cute post!! 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. You know the answer… Actually I would rather not have to choose in that situation and have both instead! Muddle the basil against the sides of the pitcher with a spoon. Top each glass with a basil leaf and enjoy! Scrolling down I caught the Forrest Gump association; what a flash back! Instructions In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice and zest with the syrup, watermelon, and 3 basil leaves. Whisk in tequila and lemon juice. wth? Keep the fruit concentrate, simple syrup, and seltzer water separately in the fridge, then mix just before serving. And yes… I’m all over this cocktail. This looks so delicious. So pretty! 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. Garnish with lime wedges and basil leaves for a lovely presentation. Add the gin … (The basil garnish is the cherry on top—every sip buries your nose in the fragrant leaves.). Add additional mint leaves to garnish, as well as watermelon … We go together like peas and carrots. I definitely need a glass of this tonight! Strain the watermelon through fine-mesh strainer or cheese cloth and discard the pulp. Now where do I find one? Strain the watermelon through fine-mesh strainer or cheese cloth and discard the pulp. Right before serving fill glasses with ice and pour the drink evenly into 8 glasses. In a glass pitcher, combine the water, lime juice, and basil leaves. Or do I??? Basil has a sweet and almost spicy flavor that is a little reminiscent of anise. Survey says – 18 year Dalwhinnie. 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). 1 cup small watermelon cubes. The martini is also a perfect venue for sweet … Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Add the vodka and stir to combine. How about a thick cut ribeye or robust California Cab? This is a good thing considering I have a recipe developer, chef and blogger queen as my wife. 6 ounces chilled lemon-lime … Strain into pitcher. But if it is too sweet, why not use Selzer instead of 7UP? Keep the fruit concentrate, simple syrup, and seltzer water separately in the fridge, then mix just before serving. Add the watermelon, ice cubes, coconut milk, syrup and basil to a high-speed blender and purée on high for 2 minutes, until smooth. Watermelon Martini. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Garnish with watermelon slices and/or basil leaves. This looks amazing and sooooooo refreshing! Strain the basil mixture into the same pitcher as the watermelon juice. Add the watermelon juice, mezcal and a few ice cubes and shake vigorously to combine. This looks stunning! What you end up with is a delicious juice that tastes like a summer melon with just a hint of basil. So, that’s how this iced watermelon basil matcha drink was born! Nice and refreshing! Yum! Love that, Sommer! Pour into a glass and garnish with extra watermelon and basil. 6 fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade. 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. By commenting I offer my full consent to the privacy policy of A Spicy Perspective. Welcome to blogging :). She also writes here. Pour the watermelon into the pitcher, stir, and serve over ice. Michaela is a recipe developer for The Kitchn. For this refreshing drink I went with watermelon and lemon. Iced Watermelon Matcha with Basil (or another herb!) :) Love this. Got a tip, kitchen tour, or other story our readers should see? lol Your cocktail looks so refreshing and so delish! This drink looks right up my alley! Simply stir and garnish with fresh lime. Garnish with a basil leaf and wedge of watermelon or dehydrated lime wheel. Make Ahead: Prepare the simple syrup by heating equal parts water and sugar until dissolved, about 3 minutes. Wonderful post and how sweet of you to let your hubby post. 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! If you don’t love basil, you can omit and just make a regular iced watermelon … Muddle the basil against the sides of the pitcher with a spoon. Pour in approximately 1 Tablespoon of the cocktail mix and muddle together. I am dying over these pictures – so good! He got the nickname Lt. Dan somewhere around July 1994, but I can’t exactly remember why. There’s nothing hotter than a man who washes dishes, makes linguini from scratch, and shakes a mean martini. These cocktails look great – perfect for summertime! 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. Do I go with the chocolate cake or a single malt? Perfect for a hot summer night! Place cubed watermelon, cucumber, basil, and lemon juice in blender or food processor. Give this Flat-Belly drink a whirl and let us know what you think! My husband’s favorite movie (ever) is Forrest Gump. ha! Fortunately, he’s a keeper. In a cocktail shaker, muddle 3 basil leaves with a ginger slice, 1 watermelon chunk and simple syrup. I want to hang out with your family!! Reading this made me think you were creating a bio of my husband and myself. No, he’s not in the military, but his name is Dan. 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. I'm here to help you make mealtime memorable, and life a little spicy! My husband is more the calories from beverages kinda guy as well. Dan” in my forrest gump voice – great movie! I absolutely love that your husband is guest posting! Your email address will not be published. Thank you! My Husband needs to hang out with the Lt. so he can learn to make pasta and do dishes! It’s the perfect light summer cocktail, … Making this recipe? Your wife is such a talent, so it’s so nice to see what a great team you make. ½ cup diced cucumber. Your email address will not be published. Into a cocktail tin and ice, tequila, Jamaican dark rum, watermelon pucker, strawberry syrup, fresh lemon juice, and citrus bitters. So nice to meet you, Lt. Dan :), This looks fabulous, Lt Dan! Your email will not be published or shared. This looks fabulous and it’s nice to meet you Lt. Dan! Watermelon and gin are such a wonderful combination… but one I’d never thought to make. But if I am being completely honest, as much as I love to eat… I really, really love to drink. Combine the basil and watermelon in a cocktail shaker. This post made me smile, and so does this cocktail! Mine did for a while and got so into it, it was so fun. Watermelon, cucumber, fresh basil, and lime juice flavor a summer drink that's fancy enough for guests. Lovin this cocktail! Muddle them together until well broken down. The kids are out of school, the … 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. Strain onto fresh ice in a double old fashioned glass. Pour the watermelon into the pitcher, stir, and serve over ice. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. 32 oz water Directions: Combine the watermelon, cucumber, basil… I’m more of a margarita girl, but I’d be willing to give this a try. Fabulous cocktail. I feel convinced THAT Lt. Dan was not sporting mixology magic like this! I think I actually have everything here to make it! Place the watermelon, basil and salt in a cocktail shaker. 6-8 basil leaves. I love the combination! Boil until sugar dissolves, discard the basil and chill. 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 |. Can’t wait to give this a try! ©2010 — 2020 A Spicy Perspective. 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! Have a wonderful weekend! In many ways our lives revolve around food –food for sustenance, entertainment, community and family. You make one mean drink! Take 2-4 Basil leaves, roll leaves and thinly slice into a chiffonade. That sounds wonderful! Garnish with lime and basil. I have a watermelon in the garage fridge right now. :), (we are a unit of food and drink lovers as well ;) ). Add the basil leaves and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and muddle gently. Watermelon Matcha is actually a popular and very tasty combination and because of the two colours, it makes such a visually appealing drink. Hi Dan, this sounds like my kind of cocktail, looking forward to seeing more! So glad I saw this pinned! Chill until cold, at least one hour. Perfect for summer and unpredictable. 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. Make the Basil Simple Syrup: In small saucepot, stir together sugar, water and basil… The soda takes only minutes to put together. Follow us on Instagram and tag @ASpicyPerspective so we can share what you’re cooking! Lt. Dan knows how to make a mean cocktail, that is for sure. Absolutely love the photos and fun to hear from the hubby! That looks so wonderful. I'm Sommer Collier... Travel Enthusiast, and the Resident Cookery Queen of A Spicy Perspective. Today would have been perfect weather for this, but there’s always tomorrow ;). Place the watermelon, sugar, and 2 to 3 ice cubes in a blender. Divide the slush evenly between 6 small … Food is a major part of our life. 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). Looks so refreshing! Pingback: End of Summer Drink Recipes - GRUBBED Blog. Place the watermelon, basil and salt in a cocktail shaker. Instructions. Here in Spain the watermelons are so sweet and delicious I know this would come out great! All Rights Reserved. So very nice to meet you Lieutenant Dan!!!! Add the gin, lime juice and simple syrup. Do I have the exquisite appetizer or martini? 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 |. Garnish with a frozen watermelon spear or wedge. Add sugar and mix until dissolved. Set aside to cool. Nice to meet you Lt. Dan! Watermelon Cucumber Basil “Detox” Drink. Pinning it now! Garnish with basil … In that way the wife and I are different. Required fields are marked *. It may not officially be summer yet, but it sure feels like it. i can’t wait to see what else you shake up :). Fill with ice, place the lid on the shaker … Fill with ice, place the lid on the shaker and shake well—30 seconds or so. Then, when you're ready to serve, pop everything into the blender. Juice of ½ lime. I love the name Lieutenant Dan! Strain the margarita into the rimmed cocktail … :). All images, recipes, and original text content are copyright protected. Put 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and a small bunch of basil in a small saucepan. Looking forward to seeing your concoctions each month. Add basil and blend on low until leaves are broken up. 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 definitely need to give this a try soon! 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. Similarly, on the savory side of things, basil and July go together like blue skies and pool days — together, bliss. AHAHAHA! And I love a good cocktail… can’t wait to see what Lt Dan continues to bring to the table, so to speak! These cocktails sound delicious and would totally guzzle it down [minus the gin] right now! Top with ginger ale. Looks so darn refreshing!! So with that in mind, I give you Lt. Dan…. "Cocktails with Lieutenant Dan" featuring a real doozy: the. Yield: 4 servings (8 oz per serving) Ingredients: ½ cup cubed watermelon. My answer – gin or vodka. NEW! FREE EMAIL SERIES My fav tips to make you a better cook...right now! Watermelon Basil Lemonade - 4 ingredients, all kinds of awesome. Cut the watermelon into 1 1/2 inch chunks to muddle. Fill serving glass with ice and fill halfway with strawberry basil soda, top with the tequila and rum mixture. Read on for the full recipe! Puree watermelon and sugar in a blender until smooth. Fill 4 old fashioned glasses with ice. OH my gosh, you are so cute. The base of the cocktail is watermelon juice muddled with fresh basil. Do not copy or publish A Spicy Perspective content without prior consent. I’ve been making cocktails featuring rum all afternoon, but seeing this makes me want to go out and buy some gin. Pour watermelon/vodka mix over ice. Yeah, that’s definitely Forrest Gump (which came out in ’93 or ’94) :-) Too funny. Now I need a reason to give this one a try. 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). Double-strain into an ice-filled glass. Place mint leaves in the bottom of a pitcher. Drink look very refreshing, thank you for sharing and also for linking my frap too! I’m loving this drink series – thank you Sommer and Lt. Deselect All. 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. In a glass pitcher, combine the water, lime juice, and basil leaves. The agua fresca will separate if stored in the refrigerator. Muddle until well smashed and soupy. Nice to meet you mr. Lt. Dan. Purée until smooth. 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. 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