Sweet, tart and uncompromisingly refreshing, the Summer Crush cocktail from Kitchen Konfidence is the perfect way to end a summer’s day. Featuring a medley of delicious summer ingredients; tomato, basil, watermelon, vodka and lime, this cocktail sums up summer in just a few thirst quenching sips. Mixing a combination of sumptuous vegetables and seasonal fruit this cocktail is the perfect (maybe even healthy) option for a weekend tipple.
You will need:
For the sweet basil syrup:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Handful of fresh basil leaves
For the cocktail:
1/2 oz. sweet basil syrup
1 small sprig Thai basil (about 6 or 7 leaves)
1/2 small heirloom tomato (preferably red)
3/4 cup watermelon chunks
2 oz. vodka
Juice of 1/4 lime, plus an additional wedge to garnish
- To make the sweet basil syrup, add sugar, water and regular basil to a small saucepan, and warm over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Take the saucepan off the heat, cover and let infuse/cool for 30 minutes. Pour the syrup through a strainer into a clean container. Store the sweet basil syrup in the refrigerator for up to a month or two.
- To make the Summer Crush cocktail, add sweet basil syrup to a cocktail shaker with the Thai basil, heirloom tomato and watermelon. Using a muddler (or the back of a wooden spoon), muddle these ingredients together. You want to bruise the basil, and release the juices from the tomato and watermelon.
- Add vodka, lime juice and ice to the cocktail shaker, secure the lid, and shake until the drink is mixed and well-chilled. Taste a little bit of the drink, and add more sweet basil syrup or lime juice to taste. Pour the drink through a fine-mesh basket strainer into a short tumbler filled with ice. Discard solids. Garnish the glass with a wedge of lime.