Savor What's Left of Summer With This Caprese Cocktail

Published On 08/11/2016 Published On 08/11/2016

Caprese Cocktail


  • 2 generous handfuls of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • gin
  • fresh lemons
  • club soda or sparkling water
  • ice
  • cherry tomatoes
  • balsamic vinegar glaze
  • ciliegine mozzarella cheese


  • In a sauce pan, bring water and sugar to a boil until sugar is completely dissolved. Put your simple syrup in a heat proof jar and cool completely in the fridge. This is important because syrup that is too hot will brown the basil.
  • In a blender, whiz together the simple syrup and basil leaves until finely chopped. Run the mixture through a strainer. Pour into a container and set aside.
  • Fill a shaker with ice. Pour in 2 ounces of gin, 1 ounce basil infused simple syrup and juice from 1/2 lemon. Pour the contents of the shaker into a collins glass filled with ice. Give it a gentle stir and top with club soda.
  • On a skewer, place two cherry tomatoes and a ciliegine as garnish. Drizzle some balsamic over the top of the drink and garnish and serve.