I know this isn't a fashion DIY, but mixology has been taking up a lot of my time lately. I couldn't help but share this, I don't want to brag, but this is pretty damn delicious. Its a mix of Ginger, Seckel Pear, Basil, and Gin. You can play around with the Ginger/Gin to find your perfect balance.
The flavor profile is sweet with a little peppery bite at the end. So pay attention to the type of Gin you're using. I'm using Tanqueray, Known to have a juniper and coriander flavor. Pretty standard for Gin
If you use something like Hendricks, that has Bulgarian rose and cucumber. So the final balance of the drink will be a little different.
GINGER BASIL SIMPLE SYRUP
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Water
1 Bunch of Basil
1 or 2 Large Ginger Root, sliced (I didn't peel mine, I just washed it)
1 Seckel Pear
On the stove add the sugar and water together in a pot, bring to a low boil, and reduce the heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and add in the Ginger, Basil, and Pear to the syrup. I turned off the heat and let the pot sit on the stove for an hour. Strain the syrup into an airtight jar. You can keep the the syrup in the refrigerator up to a month.
GINGER PEAR SMASH
1 Seckel Pear
1/2 Ounce Ginger/Basil/Pear simple syrup
2 Ounces Gin
Slice the sides off the Seckel Pear. Set the middle aside for Garnish. Cube the rest
Combine The Pear and 1/2 Ounce Simple Syrup to a Cocktail Shaker and Muddle
Add 2 Ounces of Gin, fill with ice, and shake
For a clean cocktail you're going to want to double strain this over ice. You have a lot floating around from the muddle.
Top off with Ginger Ale and Garnish with the Pear.