Over the last couple of weeks, San Diego’s weather has made its decisive “no more rain for six months” move into our long summer. And much like the necessary wardrobe alterations, the change of seasons also calls for a switch to more “summery” drinks.

For the long, warm afternoons I was looking for something new and this evening The Beloved mentioned that our basil plant was doing pretty well. That sparked a memory and I found the Lonsdale in my collection of drink recipes and decided to go for it.


  • 1.5 oz gin
  • 0.75 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz apple juice
  • 0.25 oz honey
  • 2 basil leaves, torn

Vigorously shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with a basil leaf.

The apple juice and honey provide a nice mellowing against the bright gin and lemon. The fresh basil evokes a powerful “summer”…

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