Mike Treffehn, The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co. – Philadelphia, PA
Inspiration: This drink is inspired by long, hot Philadelphia summer nights. Whether sitting on rooftop decks or in concrete backyards, it’s about enjoying drinks with friends until the sun dips into the dark sky and you sit down to a delicious, hearty meal. The drink is both comforting and familiar, while being unapologetically bold—just like Philly.
Signature Cocktail Recipe: Cruzan® Moment Alone
1 part Cruzan® Aged Light Rum
1 part Cruzan® Aged Dark Rum
3/4 part Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
3/4 part Homemade Basil Syrup
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with Fresh Cracked Pepper.
Homemade Basil Syrup
8 parts Water
8 parts Sugar
8 Fresh Basil Leaves
Combine Water and Sugar and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until Sugar is dissolved. Let cool. Then in another pot, drop Basil Leaves in boiling Water and remove quickly, transferring to ice Water to stop cooking. Combine chilled syrup with Basil in a blender then strain.