Grapefruit Moscow Mule
- 1.5 oz Vodka (or gin, if you prefer)
- 3 oz Ginger ale
- 1 oz Grapefruit juice
- Grapefruit slice to garnish
Combine Vodka, Ginger ale, and Grapefruit juice over ice. Add the grapefruit juice last because it is acidic. Stir, garnish with grapefruit slice, and serve.
Gin + Bitter Lemon with Basil
- 1.5 oz Gin
- 3-4 oz Bitter lemon (or to taste)
- 1 or 2 Basil leaves
Fill cup with ice, top with gin and bitter lemon. Clap the basil leaves between your hands to release the fragrance, float on top of drink. Stir gently and serve.
This is a fresh and savory take on a classic gin and tonic. Bitter lemon is essentially lemon infused tonic water that can be consumed alone or as a mixer. I used Fever Tree brand, and highly recommend it. The lemon and basil go so well together, which makes for a bright, simple drink.
- 1.5 oz bourbon
- 2 teaspoons simple syrup
- 6-8 mint leaves, plus a stem for garnish
- Crushed ice
Combine mint leaves and simple syrup in the bottom of the cup. Gently muddle the leaves and simple to release the oils of the mint. Fill glass to rim with crushed ice (you can use a blender to make some). Gently pour bourbon over ice. Stir very gently, then add extra crushed ice to fill the cup to the rim. Garnish with the prettiest top of the mint stem you have. When made correctly, there should be a layer of frost covering the cup.
Legend has it this frosty drink was invented by enterprising Southerners to cope with the heat and humidity in the warmer months in the South. Historically, it was prescribed medicinally. Sitting outside to sip this classic concoction is a pleasurable way to cool off during cocktail hour.