I had one of the best holiday weekends ever, and I hope that you did, too! On Friday, we were lucky enough to take a trip up to Montauk to spend time with Kramer’s side of the family. Simply put, we had a blast. Kramer’s dad rented a beautiful beach house, where we soaked up the sun both on the sand and in the house’s gorgeous pool. Kramer preferred splashing around in the ocean, of course, but I like the pool, if only to avoid having to shake off mountains of sand afterward. Kramer and I even got to do a little grilling, which you all know we’ve missed dearly since moving to the city. Sadly, we were only able to spend one day up in the Hamptons, but we loved every minute of it. Thanks again for the fantastic time, Jay! On Saturday, we were up and on the Long Island Rail Road back into the city to go to the Mets vs. Yankees game at Citi Field for our friend’s birthday celebration. We ate tacos and sausage and peppers, sipped on some beers, and enjoyed the game on yet another beautiful, sunny day. The Yankees won, which I was happy about, but the majority of our party seemed to disagree. I suppose I didn’t live in Queens long enough to develop my devotion to the Mets – my dad likes the Yankees, so I do, too! My good friend Lindsey of Little Seed, Big Apple was there, along with our pal Valerie (who seriously needs to start up a site!), whose boyfriend’s birthday we were there for. Kramer and I hammed it up for the camera a bit, Lindsey and I attempted to interact with children as we goofed around with Valerie and her niece and nephew, and enjoyed some people watching (which is really the most fun thing to do at a sporting event, isn’t it?). On Monday, we attended a barbecue at our neighbor’s apartment that we just so happened to meet through a friend of Lindsey’s – it’s a small world sometimes! It wouldn’t be a Fourth of July without the grill, right?
Kramer and I definitely needed a cocktail to unwind from all of the fun this weekend, and we were fortunate enough to get some fresh basil from one of his friends at work. We put it to good use in this Basil Gimlet. We had picked up some Breuckelen Gin earlier this week, and we have been itching to try it in a fun, summer cocktail. The fresh basil really perks you right up, while the lime is refreshing on a hot day. I’m sure that any fresh herb would be delicious in this drink, but I personally think that basil is the perfect choice.
Muddle your basil.
Squeeze your lime juice.
Add the lime juice, gin, and simple syrup to the shaker and fill with ice.
Shake and pour into chilled glasses.
Garnish with a lime wheel and a sprig of basil.
- 6 ounces gin
- 4 ounces lime juice (about 3 limes)
- 2 ounces simple syrup
- 10 fresh basil leaves
- 2 lime wheels and 2 basil leaves, for garnish
- Muddle your basil in the bottom of a shaker until some juices are released. Add in the lime juice, simply syrup, and gin. Fill to the top with ice and shake for 30 seconds. Strain twice into two chilled glasses, and garnish with a lime wheel and a basil leaf.