- 1.5 ounces Old St. Pete Gin
- 1.5 ounces fresh watermelon juice
- ¾ ounce apple cider shrub*
- 3–4 fresh basil leaves
- Splash of soda water
About this recipe
This recipe that incorporates Old St. Pete Gin is courtesy of Erin Davey, education director at Mandarin Hide – a downtown St. Pete social sanctuary and steward of craft cocktail culture. Erin heads up Test Kitchen Tuesdays with a different liquor theme each week (“Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder” was a recent hit) where four to six expertly crafted cocktails are only $6 each.
*Before refrigeration, a shrub syrup was a way to preserve fruit. Also called a sipping vinegar, it’s a combination of fruit, sugar and vinegar. In this case, it’s two parts simple syrup to one part apple cider vinegar.
The Mandarin Hide
231 Central Avenue
Pour the gin and watermelon juice into a cocktail shaker. Add a few basil leaves and ice, shake, then strain into a Collins glass. Add fresh ice, top with soda water and a basil leaf.