Engagement Lemonade

If you’re familiar with “engagement chicken”—the roast chicken recipe that continues to take certain corners of the internet by storm (it’s so good, allegedly, that it guarantees a marriage proposal)—you’ll recognize the flavor profile here, because this is its cocktail counterpart. A quencher to serve up or over rocks for summer’s final few weeks, it’s super easy to make, and also incredibly tasty and impressive. *Someone* will end up on their knee(s).


3 to 4 basil leaves, plus additional for garnish
3/4 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice


In a cocktail shaker, muddle the basil with the simple syrup. Add gin and lemon juice, then fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain through sieve into a coupe or other cocktail glass to serve up, or pour over ice in a Collins glass, and top with club soda. Garnish with a basil leaf.

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