I was enjoying the heat on my days off and I know what it takes after 15 years in the desert to prepare for enjoying hot weather. I decided on a tropical theme so I sifted through my music collection until I found my Martin Denny, Dick Dale and Harry Belafonte, stuff like that. I went to the store to get some lime seltzer water and I came across Jackfruit in the specialty produce area, how perfect. I am not one to pass up specialty fruit. Jackfruit is a massive watermelon sized spikey thing that grows in trees and is related to the breadfruit. It tastes like a mix of mango and pineapple.
Jackfruit Lime and Basil
1/4 cup diced jackfruit
1 can lemon or lime seltzer water
1 lime, juiced
2-3 Fresh basil leaves(I tend to use smaller leaves, maybe just most of a whole sized leaf.)
2 oz gin
Add diced jackfruit, lime juice to a tall glass.
Tear basil into smaller pieces, add to glass and muddle slightly.
Add Ice and 2 oz Gin.
Fill remaining glass with seltzer water.
Use lime wedge for decoration.
Sour Cherry Gin
2 oz tart cherry juice
2 oz gin
Juice from 1 lemon
1 can lemon seltzer water
Add the juices, gin and ice to the glass, fill rest of glass with seltzer water. Use lemon wedge for decoration.