28 May 2013

Pineapple-Sake Refresher

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.

Pineapple-Sake Refresher

Serves 1

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.