This week has been weird and my head is elsewhere so I figured I might as well see how a drink post does on a Thursday, hope you don't mind. If all goes well tonight I just may tell you where exactly it's been.
this one from Food & Wine. (Note: If you click to the original recipe, you'll notice that they have it listed as a more challenging cocktail, ignore that, it's easy as pie, and much easier than that pumpkin pie cocktail, which you can find here!) In true fashion I of course altered it slightly to suit my needs, which is highly encouraged! If you don't have an ingredient, improvise! I did not have any prosecco on hand - gasp! - and wasn't about to use the special bottle of champagne taking up residence in my fridge on an experiment, so I substituted for soda water to give it a little fizz and upped the amount of simple syrup.
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 1/2 ounces aperol
3/4 ounce lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
5 basil leaves
In a large glass combine gin, aperol, lemon juice, simple syrup, and basil leaves. Shake with ice to bruise the basil, strain, and top with soda water. Garnish with a basil leaf if so desired.
I very much enjoyed this one. Aside from it's bright orange, almost neon color, which I suppose could be seen as off-putting, it was light and refreshing. I'm a big fan of using basil in cocktails, especially with gin. The two together have a such a lovely, summer profile. And I especially like the name of this drink, garden party. I certainly wouldn't mind sipping one of these at one.