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 Your email address will not be published.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