What happened to spring? we said.
And then we said, is it ever going to be SUMMER?
But this last week, the rain finally stopped, the sun came out, and it got HOT. Suddenly it's time to grill, to have garden parties, and to make the sort of drinks you only make for sitting in the shade on the patio. Here's my recipe for something really different, and amazingly tasty!
DEB'S WATERMELON GIN FIZZ
Fresh basil leaves
1-2 oz gin (my preferred gin for this is Bombay Sapphire)
1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
Proseco, or Cava, or even champagne
Muddle 2 to 3 chunks of watermelon (1 to 2 inches each) in the bottom of a glass with several roughly chopped or torn basil leaves and a teaspoon or so of agave syrup. (You could use simple syrup, or even better, basil simple syrup! But I keep a bottle of agave syrup in the cupboard and it's easy to just add a dash to drinks that need a bit of sweetening.)
Fill the glass with ice, then add an ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice, and an ounce to two ounces gin, depending on how tipsy you like your drink. Top up with Proseco, stir, then garnish with a lime sliver and basil leaves.
I do the muddling part in a broad-bottomed glass, using a wooden spoon, then transfer the watermelon basil mixture to a wine glass. I've found the proportions of the finished cocktail work better in a smaller glass (otherwise it requires too much Proseco.) And it makes a very pretty, festive PINK drink.
This is what I'm having today while I watch the Belmont Stakes this afternoon--no mint juleps required for the Belmont!
What about you, REDS and readers? What drink (tipsy or not) says summer to you?
(As hot as it's been the last few days, I'm thinking old-fashioned homemade lemonade would be just the ticket...)
REDS ALERT! The winner of an Edith Maxwell Local Foods mystery of choice is Mary Kasper!
And the winner of a copy of Martin Edwards' THE GOLD AGE OF MURDER is Joan Emerson!
Please email me your mailing addresses at deb at deborahcrombie dot com
Happy weekend, all!
P.S. Oh, one more thing. When you've finished your drink, EAT the watermelon! It's fabulous!