Along with the launch of this here blog in March, I started a festive as fuck event series called Crafts + Cocktails. The name pretty much explains it all, but basically, I pick a theme (usually around a holiday) then invite people to come together and get their craft on while they drink cocktails. It’s festive and fun, and while I’m only doing it in Kansas City for now, I do hope to expand to other cities soon.
On Sunday, I hosted the second event at Urban Provisions, a super-cool little shop in Kansas City’s East Bottoms. For this Mother’s Day edition of Crafts + Cocktails we made earrings and sipped on Ginger and Juice, a sweet, tart cocktail I made with Kansas City Canning Company’s Blood Orange Ginger Shrub (if that sounds familiar, maybe it’s because you saw them featured in Bon Appetit recently?), J. Rieger & Co.’s Midwestern Dry Gin, and a homemade basil-infused simple syrup. I promise to post pictures from the event very soon, but for now, I wanted to share the recipe with you. Because it’s good. Really good.
Ginger and Juice
2 ounces gin
3 ounces Kansas City Canning Co. Blood Orange Ginger Shrub
1 ounce basil simple syrup
Fresh basil for garnish (optional)
Add the gin, shrub, and syrup to a Collins glass. Stir and add a handful of ice. Top off with club soda, give it another little stir, and garnish with basil, if using.
Also, I’d originally intended to make this recipe with rosemary simple syrup and a rosemary garnish, then decided that it wasn’t summery enough and that basil is better with ginger than rosemary. So, if you’re here by way of the first round of recipe cards I left at Urban Provisions, just ignore the part about garnishing with rosemary (OOPS!) and garnish the damn thing with basil! Or rosemary if you’re feeling adventurous. Or nothing. I mean, whatever you do, if you’ve made it this far, it’s not gonna be bad.
Basil Simple Syrup
To make the basil simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and 1 cup fairly loosely packed basil leaves (some stems are fine, too) in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil then reduce the heat to low to simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved and your entire house smells like amazing summery basil. Remove the pan from the heat and let it steep for another 15 to 30 minutes. Strain using a fine mesh sieve and discard the basil, then set aside or refrigerate the syrup to cool. This will make about 1 cup and the extra will keep in a sealed jar in the fridge for at least to two weeks.
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