You know what we do when the temperatures in Chicago hit near 20 degrees?? We act like it's summer by whipping up a batch of Caipirinhas! Yep- because not dealing with the reality of winter is the only way to deal with it as far as I'm concerned. And one sip of this cucumber basil caipirinha will make you feel like you are sitting poolside at a summer BBQ. (If this cocktail doesn't make you feel just like that then you aren't trying hard enough.) I have had this bottle of Monin Cucumber Syrup forever and had yet to break it open until this Friday's cocktail post. Many flavored syrups are over-powering or sickly sweet, but this cucumber one tastes and smells just like fresh cut cucumbers with just the right amount of sugar to sweeten this cocktail recipe. This syrup would even be great splashed in with glass of sparkling water or fresh lemonade!