Made with heirloom tomato, basil, watermelon, vodka and lime, Summer Crush is the type of cocktail you could easily enjoy after a day spent at the beach. When you’re feeling a bit parched from being in the sun all day. After you’ve casually dropped your beach bag on the floor, but before you jump in the shower to wash away the surf and sand. Sweet, tart, and incredibly refreshing, Summer Crush is a muddled mix of the best summer produce. And vodka of course.
To make this drink, you’ll first need to prepare a sweet basil syrup. I’d recommend getting this done in advance and storing in the refrigerator. With the syrup prepared, this drink comes together in a matter of moments! Next muddle sweet basil syrup, heirloom tomato, Thai basil and watermelon in the base of a cocktail shaker until the fruit releases its gloriously flavored juice and the basil its oils. I use both sweet and Thai basil for this drink to add some depth of flavor; however, you could certainly use all sweet basil if Thai isn’t available. Finally, shake in some vodka and lime juice to balance out the flavors. The finished cocktail is summer incarnate. Continue reading for the recipe.