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Life’s Flavors ~ Basil Citrus Gin By Allison Libby-Thesing

Life’s Flavors ~  Basil Citrus Gin By Allison Libby-Thesing
  • PublishedJune 6, 2024

Summer is in full swing, and the garden at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, is bursting with colors and flavors that remind us regularly of summer. The tomatoes are slowly turning red, which is amazing considering how much rain we have gotten this Spring and early Summer. The new herbs are coming in great, and I can hardly wait to enjoy all of them in new dishes and cocktails.

This month I really wanted to feature St. Germain as one of the liquors in our cocktail and set out to find just the right mix to bring out the flavor of the Summer. Basil is one of our all time favorite Summer herbs and does not disappoint in this mix. The jalapenos really come out in this drink as well. The longer you let the basil and jalapeno set in the Gin the stronger the flavor will be. You could even go so far as to let it steep overnight if you really want to experience the flavor of those two items.

The grapefruit adds a bit of tart to counteract the slight sting of the jalapeno in each sip. The basil just adds that bit of Summer you are looking for on those warm Texas evenings sitting on the porch or back deck. This drink is simple to make but complex in the flavors. You won’t want to miss this one!

Citrus Basil Gin
2 ounces Gin
3-4 sliced jalapeños 
4-6 basil leaves
2 ounces grapefruit juice
1 ounce St. Germain
Club Soda (Optional)

Add your jalapeno, basil and gin to a shaker cup and muddle the leaves and slices down to release the flavor. Let the mixture sit for at least 15 minutes, depending on how strong you want the basil and jalapeno to be. Add ice to your shaker cup, then add in St. Germain and grapefruit juice. Give it good shake. Pour over iced filled, sugar or salt rimmed glass. Garnish with a sprig of Basil.

St. Germain is one of our favorite liqueurs to use, it is smooth and a little sweet. Since the elderberries are slowly starting to ripen out along the road, I felt it was time to revisit this French creation. Not only do we have some basil which is a personal summer time staple, we also have the use of the elderflower liqueur, St. Germain.

We hope that you will enjoy this refreshing summer cocktail and as always drink responsibly and have a designated driver. Cheers from the Oaks Bed and Breakfast.

By Allison Libby-Thesing 

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