more basil!) and a drink that calls for whole kumquats.Related: Spring and Summer Drinks: Cocktails with Basil (Images: Rye San Francisco)
Each of these make one serving. First off, pictured above, is The Flash - cucumber, kiwi, and gin. Now that's summer in a glass!
The Flash5 slices English cucumber 3 pieces fresh kiwi 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice 2 ounces 209 Gin 1/2 ounce organic simple syrup Method: In a pint glass, muddle fresh cucumber , kiwi and lemon juice. Add ice, simple syrup, and gin. Shake vigorously and strain into stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with sliced wheels of cucumber and kiwi.
Basil Gimlet 5 fresh basil leaves 2 ounces Plymouth Gin 1/2 ounce agave nectar 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice Method: In a pint glass, muddle fresh basil, agave nectar, and lime juice. Add ice and gin. Shake vigorously and strain into stemmed glass. Garnish with fresh basil leaf.
Santiago Sun 3 whole kumquats 2 Matusalem Amber rum 1/2 Velvet Falernum 2 dashes Fee Brothers orange bitters Method: In a pint glass, muddle fresh kumquats, Falernum, and orange bitters. Add ice and rum. Shake vigorously and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with lime zest. • Rye's website (www.ryesf.com) appears to be non-functional right now, but they're located at 688 Geary St. in San Francisco and open nightly.