Inspired by a Lemon Drop
Earlier this week, we had a girls’ night out at the Melting Pot and while waiting for the first of four courses, a bunch of us ordered their basil lemon drops: cucumber vodka lemon drops garnished with either a basil leaf or slice of lemon. (Apparently, it was a new addition to their menu and the choice of garnish depended on which bartender you got.) Anyway, I’d previously been experimenting with using cucumber slices and lemon wedges to liven up a glass of water, and the lemon drops got me thinking – what if there was a way to combine the two? Since vodka tends to absorb the flavor of its mixer, maybe something like a lemon drop could be made using water or club soda instead. Given the record-breakingly hot summer days we’ve been having, it sounded pretty refreshing.
So I tried it out.
Ingredients (per drink)
- 8 oz unflavored sparkling water
- 2 leaves of fresh basil
- 2 thin slices of lemon
- 2 thin slices of cucumber, peeled
- few drops lemon juice (optional)
- ice (optional)
Rub and slice the basil into thin strips to allow its flavor to release, and add to a glass along with lemon and cucumber slices. Top with sparkling water. Add a few drops of lemon juice and ice if desired.
* Pro tip: Mix the drinks about 30 minutes ahead of time to give the flavors more time to blend.