Tropical Punch Spritzer
A few Fridays ago my main squeeze, Scott took me out for drinks and dinner; Okay I paid for the drinks, he got dinner. 21st century couple here! Anyway, we got drinks at Franklin Mortgage & Investment, a great Rittenhouse area spot. Jumping on the whole prohibition-era bar trend with high end (and high priced) mixology, the drinks are unique, mouthwatering, and they pack a punch! Pun intended, as I ordered the “Well-deserved Punch,” a delicious mix of rum, fresh lime and pineapple juice, bitters, and strawberry & basil syrup. I tried to drink slowly, as to savor my $12 cocktail, and upon first sip decided I had to recreate this elixir at home asap. With plans to visit my family this weekend on Long Island for a barbecue on their new back deck, it was the perfect opportunity. I stuck with the flavors of the Franklin creation, but I decided to serve it over club soda so that everyone could enjoy more than one glass without getting hammered. The result was a delicious and refreshing beverage, perfect for sipping in the sun. Although I can’t promise that one or two of us didn’t end up straying a bit farther away from sober!
Strawberry & Basil Simple Syrup (from The Sauced Chef)
- Small strainer or fine screened tool
- 6 Fresh Strawberries
- 10 Fresh Basil Leaves
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup white sugar
- ½ cup real honey
In a medium sauce pan add all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, and let it simmer for 30 minutes until thickens. Turn off heat and let cool for 1 hour. I added two big basil leaves while it cooled, just to try to amp up the flavor. Once cool, strain into a jar and refrigerate until ready to use.
Tropical Punch Spritzer
- 2 1/2 Cups Light Rum
- 1/4 Cup Dark Rum
- 1 Cup Pineapple Juice, no sugar added
- 1 Cup Fresh-squeezed Lime Juice, about 5 Limes
- 1 Cup Strawberry & Basil Simple Syrup
- Small Handful of Fresh Basil
- 4 Fresh Strawberries, sliced, whole strawberries for garnish.
- Club Soda
In a glass measuring cup, muddle basil leaves with the lime juice. Add to a pitcher and stir in all other ingredients but the soda. Fill tall glasses with ice, and fill halfway with the punch mixture. Top off with club soda. Stir to combine. Garnish rims of the glasses with whole strawberries. Obviously feel free to mix your drink with more or less soda, to your liking! Now grab a straw, find a spot in the sun (wear sunscreen!), and enjoy!