A great combo of citrus and herb, this Tangerine Juice cocktail hits the spot with tangerine and basil!
We recently made a batch of basil infused simple syrup after having a bunch of leftover basil after a night of Italian cooking. We love using herb infused syrups to layer in flavor and sweetness, and when we can we use the fresh herbs from our garden to make really delicious syrups.
By making these syrups, we can keep those fresh flavors of summer all thru the cold months! We had a pair of tangerines that we had planned on using for a cocktail, and with this great herbal basil syrup in hand, we decided to pair the two up with a great rich bourbon to make a very great sipping cocktail.
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What Is the Difference Between Tangerines and Clementines?
Tangerines are typically in season from November through May, clementines are usually through April. Clementines are sweet and easy to peel, where tangerines are a bit more tart and have tougher skin, making them a little harder to peel. That being said, tangerines are usually sweeter than an orange.
We used a higher proof whiskey, which helps to temper the sweetness of the citrus and basil syrup. A high proof whiskey or a rye whiskey really pops with the brightness of the juice in this tangerine drink.
We think this cocktail would do really well with a spicy rye whiskey, too.
The bright citrus of the tangerine juice is sweet and tangy, the acid of the helping to pull out warm notes of chocolate and vanilla from the bourbon. The basil syrup adds a herbal freshness that refreshes your palate.
We recommend garnishing the drink with a peel of tangerine, first expressing the oils from the skin into the glass, then wiping the rim of the glass with the peel. This will perfume the glass and cocktail with tangerine oil.
This makes the Tangerine Basil a full sensory experience. Perfect for sipping on the porch on a warm spring afternoon, we hope you will give this tangerine and basil cocktail a try!
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A citrus juice and bourbon combination that are accompanied by the herbal taste of basil in this tangerine drink!
Basil Simple Syrup
- 1 cup packed whole basil leaves
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
Tangerine Basil Cocktail
- 1 oz basil simple syrup
- 2 oz bourbon
- dash of orange bitters
- 2 oz freshly squeezed tangerine juice
For the Cocktail
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake to combine.
Pour into rocks glass over ice.
Garnish with tangerine peel or basil leaves (or both!)
For the Basil Simple Syrup
Place the sugar and water into a small saucepan.
Bring the water to a boil and ensure all sugar is dissolved.
Take off the heat and steep basil leaves in the water for 15 minutes or until cool.
Strain into a clean glass jar and refrigerate.
If you want to extend the life of the syrup, add a splash of vodka or Everclear to it, to help preserve it.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 217Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 23.4gFiber: 0.4gSugar: 23gProtein: 0.4g
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