28 May 2013
As I review previous summertime posts, I see that the ratio of fruity cocktails to food is tipped heavily in fruity cocktails' favor as the temperature rises. It's simplistic, I know, but here's another one. You can make a whole pitcher of these, or you can use the leftover basil simple syrup in place of simple syrup just about everywhere.
1 oz. sake
1 oz. gin
¼ oz. lemon juice
¼ oz. basil simple syrup*
2 chunks pineapple
Muddle the pineapple in a cocktail shaker. Add all remaining ingredients and shake with plenty of ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with pineapple and/ or a sprig of basil if desired.
* To make basil-flavored simple syrup, combine ½ cup white sugar, ½ cup water, and a generous handful of fresh basil leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to keep it from boiling over. Remove from heat and let stand until cool. Will keep in the refrigerator for several months.