Thirsty Thursday: Lemon Basil Gin & Tonic Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 2 oz gin
  • Tonic
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Instructions:

  1. In the bottom of a cocktail glass, muddle together basil leaves and lemon juice. Add gin and stir.
  2. Fill the glass with ice. Top with tonic water.
  3. Give it one final stir before serving with a lemon twist.

Thirsty Thursday: Lemon Jalapeno Blackberry Mojito Recipe

Sweet Roasted Blackberry Mojito with blackberry ice, lemon mint syrup, fresh mint and a spicy jalapeño is refreshing and stunning.

INGREDIENTS

Lemon Mint Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 15 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Sugar Roasted Blackberries:

  • 6 ounces fresh blackberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Baking spray

Blackberry Ice Cubes:

  • Fresh blackberries
  • Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale

Mojito:

  • 8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1½ ounces of lemon mint simple syrup
  • 1 – 2 ounces of rum
  • Juice of half lemon
  • 1½ ounces of Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale
  • Club Soda
  • Sugar Roasted Blackberries
  • Blackberry Ice Cubes
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

Lemon Mint Simple Syrup:

  1. Place a small sauce pan over medium heat, add all ingredients and cook until it bubbles. Turn down the heat to low for 2 minutes, then remove the sauce pan from heat and let sit for 15-20 minutes.

Sugar Roasted Blackberries:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Place the blackberries in a baking dish sprayed with baking spray, toss with the sugar and lemon juice. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature before adding to the cocktail.

Mojito:

  1. Add 1 ounce of lemon mint simple syrup and the mint leaves to the bottom of a tall glass. Muddle with a muddler, add blackberry ice cubes, a few sugar roasted blackberries, pour rum, 1 ½ ounces of lemon mint simple syrup, lemon juice, Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale, Club Soda as needed and a few jalapeño slices. Mix with a long spoon or knife and serve with an additional sprig of mint.
  2. Taste as you go and add more or less lemon mint simple syrup to achieve the desired level of sweetness. For a virgin version, skip the rum.