This weekend has been so beautiful. Sunny and warm, but not too hot. Yesterday I spent the day with my 28 year old nephew sitting out in the sun and puttering around the house. He had a party to go to later that night where there was a cocktail contest. So, we took a trip to the store and got some ingredients to make some invented cocktails. Running into a friend at the liquor store who always makes amazing food and drinks led us to mango and cucumber as an idea.
By 5pm we were feeling pretty good and ended up with something pretty decent. I think this is a great brunch cocktail. Pulpy and refreshing. The basil was the key ingredient, that really pulled it together. This would probably work good with other juices. Strawberry...watermelon...
Power Lunch cocktail
2 cups Mango Lemonade
1/2 cucumber, peeled and shredded
3 shots vodka
2 large basil leaves in blender
Blend all in blender
Tear up one large basil leaf and mix in
Pour over ice or use in shaker with ice
Garnish with basil leaf