“If it could only be like this always – always summer…the fruit always ripe and Aloysius in a good temper…” – Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
August may be waning, but this weekend’s cocktail recipe encourages you to ‘muddle’ your way through what remains of the bounty of summer’s harvest. With the abundance of fresh fruits and herbs available at the grocery, farm stand or even your own urban garden, there’s no better time to add this indispensable tool to your home bar and try your hand at a classic cocktail process, muddling.
A muddler is an essential for many of our favorite cocktails including Mojitos, Old-Fashioneds, Cobblers and Smashes. Look for a natural wooden muddler with no paint or stains that could gradually leach into drinks, and do not choose a muddler with ‘teeth’, since you want to muddle, not tear fruit and herbs into flotsam. Muddling gently combines flavors and releases herb and citrus oils. Proper technique is as important as the proper tool; press down with the muddler and give about a half turn each time – herbs take just 2 to 4 turns while fruits can take 6 to 8 turns.
These Days is a seasonal twist on the classic Old-Fashioned, celebrating the freshness of summer peaches and combining them with the sweet yet savory flavor of basil. At The Mansion we walk a few steps to our urban garden to pick sun-warmed fresh sprigs of basil for this cocktail. The dry, easy-sipping profile of Old Overholt Rye proves that brown spirits can easily be summertime spirits, and when combined with citrus-infused Aperol, muddled fruit & fizzy club soda, These Days becomes a swan-song-cocktail for these final, fleeting days of summer.
2 oz. Old Overholt Rye ½ oz. Aperol Aperitif 2 1-inch slices lime 2 1-inch slices fresh peach 2 fresh basil leaves Club soda Fresh basil sprig garnish
Pour a splash of club soda into old-fashioned glass
Add lime slices and muddle
Add peach slices & basil leaves and muddle
Add ice to top of glass
Add Rye & Aperol
Fill to the top with remaining club soda
Garnish with fresh basil sprig
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