The new paint smell in the new office has been driving me nuts and work too so I felt that I really needed a drink. Since T bought home an entire orchard after I said, “Buy some fruits” – we landed up with mangoes, nectarines, grapes and goodness know what else, I decided to use A’s grape basil recipe (but drastically cut down the amount of vodka inside it) to mix up a cocktail.
Cocktails are fairly easy to prepare. You just need to experiment a little and add in the proportions according to how you prefer it to be. I tend to like my alcohol sweet – yes, I know that’s highly unhealthy but my poison is mostly mojitos, martinis, pimms, moscatos.. you get where I’m coming from? And keep the liquids cold. I swear having alcohol really chilled makes it taste drastically better.
So here’s the easy recipe for this cocktail (Thanks A, once again – I’ll try the watermelon one the next time around), and you can also omit the alcohol to make it kids friendly and it’s fab for a hot day.
Grape Basil (Makes 2 glasses)
1/2 box of seedless grapes
Handful of fresh basil (best to roughly chop them or bash the leaves to allow the aroma to break through)
Spring of fresh mint
Simple syrup approx 3-4 tbspn in total
1 can of soda water
1/8 cup of water
2 shots of vodka (more if you prefer)
1) Wash the grapes, juice them adding the water.
2) Strain the juice and leave aside.
3) Prepare the simple syrup using 2 parts of sugar to 1 part of water. For a rough gauge, 1/2 cup sugar with 1/4 cup of water will provide sufficient simple syrup for use. Simple add sugar and water in a saucepan and melt over low heat. Keep stirring so that it doesn’t caramelize.
4) Add the strained grape juice, 2 shots of vodka, 2-3 tbspn of syrup or more/less if you prefer, ice cubes, crushed basil and mint into the shaker and shake vigorously.
5) Pour the cocktail into a glass to 3/4 and top with soda water. The quantity made should serve at least 2-3 glasses.
6) Add a mint leaf to garnish.