Summer weekends are definately the time for cocktails. This is one of my favorites that I have lightened up a little. It is the perfect, refreshing summer beverage. The original recipe is from a wonderful book, The Art of the Bar which I highly recommend. Freshly squeezed juices make a massive difference in the quality of this drink, but if you must use store-bought I recommend the “Simply” brand (Simply Orange, Simply Grapefruit). And don’t even consider using dried basil, it won’t work at all here. Cheers!
- juice of one lime
- 1/2 packet of splenda (optional)
- 4 large fresh basil leaves
- 1 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 oz gin (I prefer Tanqueray Rangpur here)
- club soda
In a wide mouthed glass muddle the lime, splenda, and basil leaves into a paste. Add the other juices and gin. Mix well and strain into a large glass filled with ice, top with club soda and stir. The necessity for added sweetener depends on how sweet your other juices are or how tart you like your drinks. I like mine quite tart (such that the muscle in my jaw tightens a little) so I generally leave out the sweetener. 1 cocktail = 2 points.