In the summertime, I usually serve my drinks as simple as the laid-back vibe of the season: agave margaritas, tequila mixed with grapefruit juice, or prosecco, straight up. But the party I threw for Mark and Graham a few weeks ago (with lots of my very favorite girls in attendance) was definite cause for stepping up my game, so I came up with the recipe for this Summer Crush that combines some of my favorite ingredients of the season. I received so many “You’re sharing this recipe on your blog, right?!” comments that I figured I’d better. Keep reading for it, and would love to hear any ideas you all have for simple and delicious summer cocktails!
(how gorgeous is this cocktail menu? calligraphy by Mia Carameros.)
- 3 peaches, peeled and sliced (plums or nectarines would be great, too)
- 1 large bunch of basil, stems discarded
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 3/4 cup gin
- 3/4 cup Lillet
- 1/2 cup light agave syrup
- club soda
In a large pitcher, muddle the fruit with the basil and lime juice. Add the gin, Lillet and agave. Stir well, then pour into 4 glasses filled with ice. Top with club soda, and garnish with extra basil leaves.
*photos by Wynn Myers