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