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