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 Your email will not be published or shared.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 Your email address will not be published.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