Featured Cocktail: Cucumber Basil Lemonade
From The Thoroughbred Club at Belmond Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston comes this super summer sipper. The expression "cool as a cucumber" exists for a reason--it guarantees refreshment, especially on a 100+ degree day like we are having today in the D.C. area. The recipe calls for cucumber vodka, but I think it would be even more delicious with Hendrick's Gin. One ounce of it will keep you fresh, not fuzzy.
Cucumber Basil Lemonade
Courtesy of Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, Charleston, SC
6 basil leaves
6 cucumber slices
2 oz. lemongrass simple syrup (see note)
1 oz. cucumber vodka
1 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
Cucumber wheel and basil leaf, for garnish
Muddle the basil leaves and cucumber in a cocktail shaker. Add the lemongrass syrup, vodka and lemon juice. Add ice, and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled Collins glass over fresh ice, and garnish with a cucumber wheel and a basil leaf.
For the lemongrass syrup:
Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, remove from the heat, and add 2 chopped lemongrass stalks. Allow it to steep for 5 minutes, or until the desired flavor is achieve. Strain out solids, and store the syrup in the refrigerator until ready to use.