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Holy moly! I don’t know about you but it’s hot here with highs pushing 100º all week. We’ve got the pool set up and sprinklers are ready.

Obviously when it’s this hot I need (and you do too) a delicious cocktail to cool down. I came up with this impromptu summer drink when I realized there was an abundance of Basil and Mint in the garden and a lack of gin drinks in my hand. What I discovered was a pretty delicious and refreshing cocktail and I thought I should probably share it with you.

Scoops’ Refreshing Basil & Mint Gin Cocktail

▼ 2 oz Gin
▼ 1 oz Basil & Mint infused Simple Syrup
▼ 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice Shake with ice.
Pour over fresh ice.
Garnish with Basil and Mint sprigs

Basil & Mint Simple Syrup

▼ 1 cup Water
▼ 1 cup Sugar
▼ Handful of fresh Mint and Basil (from the garden is best!)
In small saucepan bring water, sugar and herbs to a boil. Turn off heat and let steep for 1 hour, then transfer to fridge and let cool for another hour. Use a colander to separate herbs from syrup.

Now that you’ve got your cocktail you can really start to enjoy the day.

P.S. Here’s a few pics from our weekend.


Finn is part fish and won’t get out of the pool.


Gus has some new badass teeth. He’s working with the uppers and lowers now. What a crazy animal.

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  • Caitlin July 2, 2012

    Delicious! I am drinking it right now- although I used Thyme, mint and rosemary (I don’t have any basil yet) topped it up with some water and more syrup. I’m a lightweight :)

    • Scoops July 2, 2012

      Mmmmm, I love rosemary cocktails too. That sounds de-lish. I might have to try that tonight, I mean, it’s still hot out ;)

  • Kathy Latour July 27, 2013

    I love a gin & sage drink. Totally refreshing!

    I think I found it in a magazine because there isn’t a website address on my printed copy which I covet (sheathed in a plastic cover.

    3oz gin
    1oz elderflower liquore (St. Germain )
    1/2 oz lime juice (I always use fresh)
    1/2 oz simple syrup (I use store bought)
    5-6 sage leaves (I use a combo of green & purple)

    Combine in a shaker, add ice, shake until cold. The recipe says to strain into a glass but I just dump the whole thing in. Sometimes, depending on my garden, I will garnish with fresh sage.

  • Christine April 12, 2014

    I know this is an old post, but I adore the glasses! Reminds me of summers in the 1970s. PERFECT for this cocktail! Do you have a source reference?

    • Scoops April 15, 2014

      Hey Christine, They glasses are called “Spaghetti String Glasses” if you search ebay or etsy you should be able to find them right away. My grandparents used to have a set, so I had to have some nostalgia as you!

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