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 Your email address will not be published.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