So Hot…

by Talley

in Cocktail,Fruit

Hottest day ever in recorded history in Seattle yesterday. The cats are starting to adopt awkward dying poses as if to say “Whyyy me?? Make it go away. . .”.

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This calls for refreshing cocktails! We had some watermelon and decided to make juice from it. After looking around online, I didn’t find any watermelon drinks that appealed to me at the moment, so we decided to make our own. I was thinking tequila (something about the heat), and first tried a drink using tequila, watermelon juice, cilantro, simple syrup, cream and a touch of lemon juice. I know, it probably doesn’t sound to good. That’s because it’s not. Forget I mentioned it.

The next variant however, was right on. I threw out the lemon juice, finding it destroyed the balance of the other flavors, and substituted basil syrup for the cilantro and simple syrup. This made for a fun refreshing drink with a dominant watermelon flavor, a smooth tequila finish (honestly, it takes a bit of a back seat), basil notes, and a creamy texture that is cooling and refreshing on a hot day. I made it with Cazadores Reposado (a great tequila for the money if you ask me), but if I had it available I would probably use a blanco tequila, like Cazadores Blanco or Patrón Silver. If you have that in your liquor cabinet, give it a try and let me know how it is. To make the basil syrup combine sugar and water in equal parts (about ¾ cup each), add a handful of fresh basil leaves, bring just to a simmer, then remove from heat, cover and let sit for about 10-15 minutes, strain and cool.

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Sweet Relief

1 oz blanco tequila (or reposado)
1 oz watermelon juice (watermelon blended and strained)
½ oz basil syrup
¼ oz heavy cream

Combine all ingredients in shaker. Shake with plenty of ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a couple basil leaves. Repeat.

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MxMo XLII: The Caledonian
October 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm

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Zach July 31, 2009 at 5:48 pm

I love watermelon and I love Cazadores. Please FedEx a thermos-full posthaste.

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Talley July 31, 2009 at 5:50 pm

you might have to add the cream upon arrival . . . things could get ugly.

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Seanna October 24, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Thats such a lolcats moment…

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