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