My husband gets the credit for this sweet, refreshing, summertime drink. (I think it would make a delightlful ice cream or sorbet, once I work out the details.)
- 1/3 Cup Water
- 1/3 Cup Sugar
- Approx. 1/3 Cup Frozen Cherries, diced or pureed
- 2 Tsp. Loose Green Tea (recommended: Cherry Blossom Green Tea)
- 10-20 Basil Leaves
- 1/2 Cup Gin
In a small saucepan, dissolve the sugar in the water. Add the cherries and bring to a boil, remove from heat and add tea and basil. Allow to steep for 1 hour. Strain into a measuring cup (should have about 1/2 cup).
Fill a shaker with ice, combine cherry-tea syrup and gin, shake until cold. Serve in a Collins glass over ice. Garnish with cherries and basil leaves, if desired.