Grilled Lemon Blueberry Smash

8th September 2016

Ingredients (2 cocktails):

    For the cocktail:

    • 2 lemons
    • 2 oz simple syrup (recipe below)
    • 10 basil leaves, plus additional for garnish
    • 1/2 cup blueberries
    • 3 oz gin
    • ice
    • 6 oz sparkling wine

    To make simple syrup: (makes approximately 1 cup):

    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup sugar

    For the cocktail:

    1. Pre-heat grill to medium-high.
    2. Cut lemons in half and grill for 3-4 minutes, or until you see golden brown grill marks on the lemons.
    3. Combine 2 oz simple syrup, basil leaves, blueberries and 3-4 oz of the grilled lemon juice in a cocktail shaker depending on how tart you like your cocktails (you may have a leftover half lemon). Muddle. Add gin and ice and stir vigorously until mixture is cold.
    4. Strain into cocktail glasses. Top each with 3 oz of sparkling wine and garnish with basil. Enjoy!

    For the simple syrup:

    1. Combine equal amounts of water and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat until sugar dissolves completely. Cool. Store in refrigerator until ready to use (will keep up to a month in the fridge).

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