The Break is Over, So Here's a Cocktail

It's been a little quiet here at The Green Grape, and that was intentional. Don't get me wrong, my love for drinking and learning about wine is still going strong, but I felt myself getting burned out on everything. Work, blog, everything, so I decided to take a break. I spent evenings reading a novel instead of spending additional hours on the computer writing a post or doing research. I also (mostly) disconnected from the world this past holiday weekend, and it was wonderful! I got to spend quality time with good friends while playing board games, sipping on cocktails, and breathing in fresh, mountain air. It was what I needed.

Highlands Sunset

Now about these cocktails...

I have fallen in love with gin. I never thought I would since I always thought it tasted like Pine Sol, but I have! It combines so well with things that are citrus and bubbly and, as you probably guessed, refreshing! I stumbled across this awesome cocktail on A Cup of Jo, which she calls "The Best Party Cocktail You Will Ever Have" and she was right! So delicious.

  • 1 bottle of Prosecco - I used La Marca
  • 1 cup of gin - I used Conniption which is made in Durham, NC
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup basil simple syrup*

As you can see, I made two adjustments to the recipe. Why? Basil is more summery in my opinion, and I thought a full cup of simple syrup made it a little too sweet. It's still good with her full cup, but I would say start out with 1/2 cup, and you can always add more to make it your own perfect level of sweetness.

*To make the basil simple syrup, boil 1 part water to 1 part sugar until the sugar is dissolved. I added in the basil as soon as I took it off the heat to let it steep while the syrup cooled. To make the recipe as above, it'd be 1/2 cup water to 1/2 cup sugar. Since sugar is cheap, you may want to make a full cup of simple syrup in case you want it sweeter. As long as it's stored in the refrigerator, your simple syrup should last up to one month.

Gin Cocktail

I hope you will give this cocktail a try! I need to workout the recipe for a single serving, and I'll be sure to update this post once I do. But in the meantime, it's perfect for a summer evening with friends!