Inspiration is kind of a tease.
It’s whimsical. It comes and goes at its leisure, and leaves it to you to chase it around. Even when you finally catch it, it only stays for a short while before it’s on the run again.
Inspiration isn’t hard to find though…that is, if you know where to look.
Hint: it hides at the Farmer’s market.
Why? I don’t know.
It could be the presence of local creators and craftsmen. It could be for the bundles of fresh ingredients. It could be for a reason as simple as the fresh guac samples being passed around. Whatever the reason, inspiration likes to hide at the Farmer’s market.
This cocktail is the result of my chase to find it.
A good ol’ farmer’s market visit usually has my head on a swivel, jaw dropped, and trying to stuff every home cooked pastry down my throat (I’m easily overstimulated). Pastries aside, I checked out the farmer’s market out of a need for something creative.
This gin based cocktail incorporates a syrup made with locally sourced lemon-basil, a summery herb with a heavy citrus aroma. The muddled honeydew melon adds a light, subtle sweetness, with a little lemon juice to bring it all together. It’s a simple cocktail, and that’s ok. Simplicity was exactly the inspiration I needed.
- 2 oz gin (I used a terroir gin from St. George Spirits)
- 1/2 oz lemon basil syrup*
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 2 honeydew melon slices
- Garnish: Lemon basil sprig
*LEMON BASIL SYRUP
- Combine 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, and 1/2 cup of washed lemon basil leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a light simmer on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Let the syrup cool completely, then pour through a fine mesh strainer into a jar or resealable container
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the honeydew melon slices, lemon basil simple syrup, lemon juice and gin. Muddle the honeydew melon slice to release the juices/flavor. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, and shake for 10 seconds until the drink is chilled.
- Strain the drink into a cocktail glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of lemon basil.