shanghai'd basilisk
My uberlist for 2004 included the line "67. Create at least one cocktail that showcases a Hangar One vodka." Coming in just under the wire, I came up with this orange & basil cocktail to start off our New Year's Feast this year. I've been seeing (and trying) more cocktails with savory herbs in them; I wanted to try my hand at the same. This is definitely a strong cocktail, with clean flavors.

Hangar One makes fantastic vodkas - I highly recommend you try them out.

2 oz Hangar One Mandarin Blossom vodka
5-6 fresh basil leaves
2-3 drops fresh lemon juice
2-3 drops simple syrup
a few brandied cherries for garnish

Combine vodka, basil leaves, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker over lots and lots of ice. Shake really hard - you want this thing really cold, and you want to break up the basil.

Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry. (None of those nasty maraschino cherries here, please.)

Posted by shock on January 07, 2005 | TrackBack

which Hangar One Vodka do u recommend and what's the best way to drink it-straight or add something to it?

Posted by: arlene on January 8, 2005 6:56 AM

I like them all, really.

Try the recipe above with the mandarin orange, or make a lemon drop out of the buddha's hand.

Mostly, make sure it's good and cold.

Posted by: meriko on January 9, 2005 10:51 AM
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