Another winner from the New Amsterdam Facebook posts! Again, I can find no record of it on any of New Amsterdam’s websites, but I did find it here on the Cocktails, 365 blog. I made it on September 13, 2012, and it was so good that we had a second round of them! When trying to convince my sister to have a second (she usually is one-and-done when it comes to liquor), I started chanting “Union Square” and the kids chimed in and the dogs got all excited! So she gave in and we had seconds, and really enjoyed ourselves.
Union Square Cocktail
sprig of basil
2 ounces of gin
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup or agave nectar
Muddle strawberries with basil until fully mashed, then add all other ingredients and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with half a strawberry. (Again, I’m lazy and just made these right in the glasses because we don’t mind mashed fruit in our drinks!)
As in other recipes, I made these right in the glass rather than using a shaker. It’s partly because I’m lazy and don’t want to dirty a shaker that I’d then have to wash, and partly because we don’t mind mashed fruit in our drinks! But whatever you prefer is up to you.