Simple, Refreshing Gin and Basil Cocktail

Gin and Basil Cocktail

Gin and Summer go hand in hand in my book. This simple and refreshing cocktail is perfect for a hot summer evening. Make it in single servings or mix it up in a batch to serve a crowd. I recently made a batch of this to serve at my husband’s Farm to Table Birthday Party. I also made a batch of Fruity Whiskey Collins. The two drinks went FAST and were perfect for an evening celebrating out in the garden and backyard.

Simple, Refreshing Gin and Basil Cocktail Recipe:

Gin and Basil Cocktail Ingredients

Gin and Basil Cocktail for one

Ingredients:

  •  2 oz of your favorite Gin
  •  1 oz of Lemon Juice (approximately 1 lemon)
  • 1 oz of Basil Simple Syrup
  • 4 oz soda water
  • ice
  • glass (at least 8 oz glass)
  • stirring spoon
  • garnish of Basil

Directions: 

  1. Pour 2 oz of Gin, 1 oz of Lemon Juice, 1 oz of Basil Simple Syrup, and 4 oz of soda water over ice in a tall glass.
  2. Stir
  3. Garnish with Basil leaf
  4. Enjoy!

Gin and Basil Cocktail

Gin and Basil Cocktail for Eight

Ingredients:

  •  16 oz of your favorite Gin
  •  8 oz of Lemon Juice (approximately 8 lemons)
  • 8 oz of Basil Simple Syrup
  • pitcher (at least 32 oz)
  • stirring spoon
  • Soda Water to be used at time of serving)
  • Measuring cup for 4oz (1/2 cup)
  • glassware, ice, stirring spoons, instructions sign and garnish of Basil for guests to make their own.

Directions: 

  1. Pour 16 oz of Gin, 8 oz of Lemon Juice, and 8 oz of Basil Simple Syrup into a pitcher
  2. Stir
  3. Set out with sign, glasses, stirring spoons, ice, measuring cup and soda water so guests can make their own.
  4. Pour 4 oz of the mixture over ice, top with soda water, stir, garnish with Basil and enjoy!

A Fruity Whiskey Collins

A Fruity Version of the Classic Whiskey Collins

I’m kind of in love with whiskey. It makes for wonderful cocktails year round. Don’t believe me? Try this awesome Fruity Whiskey Collins cocktail for the summer. And, then try this Honey, Orange, & Ginger Old Fashioned next Fall or Winter!

I made a batch of these bad boys for my husband’s Farm to Table Birthday Dinner Party. I set out a bottle of premixed ingredients and allowed guests to pour their own and top with soda water. It worked out really well. I had to make two batches because the drink was so popular.

Garnish the drink with a small orange and lemon wedge or top it with a cherry!

Ingredients for a Fruity Version of a Whiskey Collins

A Fruity Whiskey Collins

Recipe for a Single Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz of your favorite whiskey
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice (about 1/4 large orange)
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 3 oz soda water

Directions:

  1. Pour whiskey over ice.
  2. Squeeze lemon & orange over a strainer and into ice. (You can do this without a strainer too. I just like my strainer)
  3. Pour simple syrup over ice
  4. Top with Soda Water
  5. Stir with cocktail stirrer, spoon, whatever!
  6. Garnish with fruit
  7. Enjoy!

Fruity Whiskey Collins Garnish

Batch Fruity Whiskey Collins Recipe:

makes approximately 8 cocktails and will need a 34 oz pitcher or container
Ingredients

  • 16 oz of your favorite whiskey
  • 4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
  • 4 oz freshly squeezed orange juice (about 1/4 large orange)
  • 8 oz simple syrup
  • Fruit for Garnish
  • Soda Water to top cocktails, not to mix in! 3oz/glass

Directions

    1. In a Pitcher Combine the Whiskey, Lemon Juice, Orange Juice, and Simple Syrup
    2. Stir Well
    3. Set a glass with a mark at 4 oz next to pitcher so that guests can measure their own cocktails out. A 1/2 cup measuring cup works perfect.
    4. Set out instructions for guests to pour 4 oz of mixture over ice, top with soda water, stir, and finish off with a garnish of fruit!

Fruity Version of a Whiskey Collins

What is your favorite summer beverage?

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Hi everyone! Thanks to Jenni for having me! I usually blog about fashion and parties so I knew exactly what I would share when Jenni asked me to share with her readers. I am a big fan of the bar cart trend right now! It’s perfect if you don’t have room for a full bar in your house, it’s always party ready! If you’ve looked into buying a bar cart, you probably found a large amount of gorgeous carts that are extremely expensive! I suggest looking into thrift shops. I am lucky beyond words because this was my grandparents bar cart and when my grandma passed my dad made sure this bar cart got back to Oregon {from Florida} for me. I immediately started to fill it. I had most of this stuff already, just waiting for a bar cart. I am obviously a champagne drinker and eventually I’ll get a few more alcohols and bar accessories but until then, this is what I’m working with. I found most of these items thrifting, given to me by family. or at stores like Target/TJ Maxx/West Elm.

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Hello! it’s me Erika from A Tiny Rocket, which is a blog about my adventures of mommyhood and making things.  I wanted to share with you today one of my favorite summer time cocktails.  I love a light refreshing cocktail in the summer. Since I am a new mommy, my husband and I do a lot of date nights at home which means lots of experimenting with fun new cocktails.  We do a version for me and a slight twist for my husband.  It’s seriously delicious :).
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Hello peeps of A Well Crafted Party! My name is Laura, and I blog over at Back-handsprings Through Bridgetown. Jenni is a special kind of individual who can do things from Pinterest successfully, as well as create things that others want to pin. I am not. I suck at crafts and I never DIY (because my stuff will look DIY… in a bad way). That is why I must read blogs like Jenni’s to make myself feel inadequate and envious. But that is like, the point of blogs right?… especially fashion blogs. Haha! No, but seriously, we all need inspiration from people who have different gifting than ourselves.

 

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