Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summer Sips

I have decided to enact a Friday afternoon cocktail for my husband and I this summer.  Hopefully the weather will be nice and we can enjoy it out on the patio tomorrow afternoon.

Here is what we'll be enjoying...

Cucumber, Mint, and Basil Soda - from Bon Appetit
(We'll probably add a dash of vodka to give a little kick)

  • 1 1/2 cups Simple Syrup (click for recipe)
  • 1/2 large cucumber (about 8 oz.), thinly sliced crosswise, plus 12 slices for garnish
  • 24 fresh mint leaves plus 12 sprigs for garnish
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 6 cups soda water, divided
  • Bring 1 1/2 cups simple syrup to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove pan from heat and add cucumber slices (reserving 12 for garnish), 24 mint leaves, and basil. Cover and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain cucumber-herb syrup into a jar, pressing on solids in strainer. Fill a 12-oz. glass with ice cubes. Add 2 Tbsp. syrup and top with soda water (about 1/2 cup). Stir to combine. Garnish with cucumber slice and sprig of mint. Repeat to make 11 more sodas.
    Tomato, Mozzarella & Thai Basil Crostini - from Bon Appetit

    • 12 slices of seven-grain or sesame bread
    • 1/2 garlic clove
    • 2 cups (about 10 ounces) halved cherry or grape tomatoes
    • 1 small shallot, minced
    • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
    • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • Sliced fresh mozzarella
    • Thai basil leaves
    • Grill bread slices and rub with garlic clove.

    • Put sliced fresh mozzarella on toasts. Spoon tomato mixture over mozzarella and garnish with Thai basil leaves. Season with sea salt and pepper.


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