I am a big fan of summer cocktails - fizzy, fruity, refreshing - what could be better on a hot day? So when I found out this week’s Curious 52 Challenge was to make a fresh fruit cocktail, I could hardly contain my excitement! Less than five minutes to a perfect summer drink? Sign me up!
Joe used fresh squeezed lemon juice, but Thai brought in a case of oranges from his tree earlier this week, so I decided to put those to good use. I also used fresh basil instead of mint in my rendition. I know, I’m shaking up the recipe so much, it hardly resembles the original, but hey - Joe DID say to mix it up and be creative!
My counter now lined up with ingredients and me now armed with a shot glass, a measuring cup, and my mini-shaker (I’m clearly a very well-equipped bartender), I was ready to assemble. Two parts vodka, one part juice, one part simple syrup, and a few leaves of basil. Shake it up, strain, and it’s time to enjoy!
My friend Rachel happened to be visiting and we both agreed the balance of fresh orange juice with earthy basil balanced perfectly. What a fabulous cocktail recipe for the summer - thanks Joe! Cheers!