With summer basically upon us, has your drink of choice changed?
I was all about the wine during fall and winter but now I want nothing but homemade fruity cocktails! And the occasional strawberry ale when I’m feeling too lazy to mix something up.
I’ve been obsessed with pineapple lately too. It’s so bad that when my store is out of the sliced fresh stuff (I’m lazy, remember?), I’ll buy the canned pineapple and put it on my salads. It’s really weird because I’ve never been a fan of pineapple.
Whatever, we’re going with it.
I made this cocktail over the weekend after a hike and a Target trip with all three kids. You just need a cocktail after that. Even if it’s only 1 pm.
For these guys, you make a syrup with water, sugar, and pineapple juice. And then you steep fresh basil leaves in the syrup. I know, pineapple and basil? But it works! I typically find pineapple juice waaaay too sweet but with the basil and then the gin, it was great. Perfect (kiddie) poolside drink!
For the syrup:
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup packed basil leaves
For the cocktail:
- ¾ cup gin
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 ½ cups sparkling water, chilled
To make the syrup:
- Bring sugar, pineapple juice, and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add basil leaves. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Pour through a wire mesh strainer (into a cup) and use the back of a spoon to press all the liquid out of the basil. Cool completely before proceeding.
To make the cocktail:
- Fill a 2-quart pitcher with ice. Stir in 1 cup of the syrup you just made, the gin, and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Right before serving, stir in the sparkling water.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 0gSugar: 71gProtein: 0g