happy hour: strawberry rickshaw

June 3rd, 2011

One of my favorite drinks from last year was the rickshaw, a mixture of basil, lime and gin. It just tastes like summer to me, so when the temperature rises and air is fresh with the scent of blooming flowers, it’s my go-to drink. Last night I had an idea… what if I muddled some strawberries in it? Awesome. Perfectly awesome.

Cheers! To June, strawberries and tasty cocktails!

strawberry rickshaw
makes 1 cocktail

2 medium strawberries, sliced
1 oz basil syrup*
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
2 oz gin
basil leaf for garnish

Muddle the strawberries and lime juice in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until the berries are completely mashed up and liquified.
Add the basil syrup, gin and fill the shaker up with ice cubes. Shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds in order to mash up any extra bits of strawberry.
Strain the drink through the cocktail shaker—I even gave it another strain through a mesh sieve to remove extra bits of berry, but if you like the chunks you can skip that step.
Garnish with a basil leaf and sip!


basil syrup
makes about 1 1/2 cups

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup loosely packes fresh basil leaves

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and water and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Add the basil leaves and simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat, cover and let stand at room temperature for 8-12 hours.
Strain into a glass jar, cover and refrigerate until needed.

Comments: 4 Total

  1. Jennifer

    June 3, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I have a big bunch of basil on the counter – I will try this tonight….I’ve been looking for a reason to buy a bottle of gin….

    Happy Weekend!

  2. Michelle

    June 3, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I have a huge wad of fresh basil and another of mint. I think I might go on a syrup making bender today! Yeah! Thanks for some inspiration!

  3. sweetsugarbean

    June 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Boozy gorgeousness. Love it!!!

  4. Baerbel

    June 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I completely agree with you. I use the same tool for straining!

    And now I’m going to prepare the strawberry rickshaw… Thank you for sharing!

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