Shake up your bartending skills and watch the secrets to crafting the perfect patio drinks.
Master the art of creating a Gin Basil Smash, a White Summer Sangria and a Caipirinha just in time for the hot summer weather.
- Equal parts hot water and sugar, cooled
Gin Basil Smash:
- 3/4 oz simple syrup
- 1.5 oz lemon juice
- 1 handful fresh basil leaves, plus 1 or 2 to garnish
- 2 oz gin
White Summer Sangria:
- 1 lime, sliced thin
- 1 lemon, sliced thin
- 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 orange, sliced thin
- 1 peach or mango, cut into wedges
- ½ cup cointreau or triple sec
- 1 bottle dry white wine, such as a pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc
- Prosecco or ginger ale to top, about 2 cups
Serves 4 – 8
- ½ lime, quartered
- 2.5 oz Cachaça (cane sugar liquor)
- 1 tsp white sugar
- Wooden spoon
- Cutting board
- Ice cubes
- Shaker (or secure linden container)
Q&A WITH ALEXANDRA LAI
Alexandra Lai is the Kitchen Coordinator at The District Kitchen.
What other fruits would you recommend for the sangria?
AL: Honestly, whatever you have! I am a fan of making the sangrias with lots of nice colours. Raspberries will be amazing. Peaches! My mom made this beautiful sangria the other night which included peaches, and it was so good.
You can do a couple of things – you can try to match by colours, or you can try to match by season. You’ll know in your heart. You know what you like, and you will be able to figure it out.
What meals would you cook with the sangria?
AL: Honestly, anything in the summer. We are using a white wine today, so just as long as your meal can go well with a white wine. I would bring this to a BBQ! The sangria would go well with grilled shrimps. Just keep in mind that it’s not going to be heavy. It’s not going to balance out a lasagna, but any meal you can image eating outside in the sunshine, this sangria would be perfect.
Is Cachaça a vodka?
AL: No. Cachaça is closer to a rum. Instead of being made with molasses like a traditional rum, Cachaça is made with sugar. Cachaça is a sugarcane liqueur.
What if I don’t have Cachaça at home?
AL: You can use a white rum! Try different things. It all depends on what you have in your kitchen.
Approximately how much basil?
AL: A handful. If I had to guess, it would be 20 leaves, including stems.