Ginger Basil Margarita
Courtesy of Holly Jennings and Christine LeBlond, Asian Cocktails: Creative Drinks Inspired by the East
In this Asian-inspired Margarita from Jujube, spicy-sweet Ginger Syrup and distinctive Thai basil blends perfectly with the assertive flavor of silver tequila. Chocolate basil is a nice substitute for Thai basil in this refreshing drink.
3 to 5 fresh Thai basil leaves, plus 1 sprig for garnish
1 oz (30 ml) silver tequila
1/2 oz (15 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 oz (15 ml) triple sec
1/2 oz (15 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
1 oz (30 ml) Ginger Syrup
Lime wedge, for garnish
Combine the basil leaves with two cubes of ice in a mixing glass, and muddle. Add enough ice to fill a rocks glass and the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Pour into a rocks glass and add additional ice if needed. Garnish with the sprig of Thai basil and/or the wedge of lime.
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