On Tuesday the sun broke out, the birds started singing, and it got up to 61 degrees in Minnesota. It's March 7th. There was only one logical thing to do.
6 oz. Crispin Original or Brut Cider
4 oz. Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
2 oz. Light Rum
3 Large Strawberries, quartered lengthwise
4 Slices Lime
3 Large Basil Leaves, tore into large segments
1/2 tsp Sugar, plus more to rim glasses
carefully roll the outer edge of the glass in the sugar.
2) In a large mixing glass, muddle the strawberries, basil, lime and sugar. You don't need
to pulverize the goods, just give them a good smash so that you release all the juices.
If you don't have a muddler, get crafty, just don't mix metal with glass!
3) Add the rum, cider, and about 6-8 ice cubes (depends on your trays). Give in about two
firm shakes with a shaker, careful though, it's under pressure. Don't have a shaker? Just
pour back and forth a few times from one glass to the other.
4) Pour the mix evenly between the two glasses and top with the ginger ale/beer. Garnish
with a lime slice wrapped around a small piece of basil and strawberry slice.
It was exactly the celebratory drink the day called for, so delicious! It's refreshingly herbal, sweet, and a little tart. Make it for your next party, you can show off your master mixing skills and impress your party people. Have fun, cheers!