Jalapeño Basil Martini

Happy Saturday everyone! It is becoming somewhat of a tradition to post a cocktail recipe on Saturday, and why not?! It’s the weekend! As promised, this is the cocktail Michael created for our dinner party last Saturday. We had a version of this cocktail at a sushi restaurant a few weeks ago. The name just sounded so interesting that we had to try it-and it was delicious! Ever since Michael had been saying he wanted to recreate it and I actually think his version is better than the original!

Before you start fill your martini glass with a couple ice cubes and some cold water. This will chill your glass and really impress your guests :)

Gather your ingredients. Basil, lime, jalapeño, vodka, simple syrup, and ice. The most important step in making this drink is to remove all the seeds and ribs with you are chopping the jalapeño. That’s the stuff that makes them hot, so by removing them you get all the flavor without going crazy on the heat.  

In a shaker place 4-5 basil leaves and 1 tablespoon diced jalapeño (seeds removed!) and muddle together.

Squeeze in the juice of half a lime and add 1 1/2 tablespoons of simple syrup.

Muddle again. Michael says the second muddle is essential because once you add the liquid you can get more flavor out of your basil and jalapeño.  Add 4 oz of vodka. Note* Michael’s cocktails, while delicious, tend to be a little on the strong side :) I love em, but if you like a tamer cocktail feel free to adjust the amount of vodka to your taste. Add ice to fill the shaker about 3/4 full and…

“Shake the hell out of it!”

Make sure to strain your cocktail into your glass-no one wants big chunks of jalapeño in their cocktail!

Right before serving add in a squeeze of lime and garnish with a lime wedge and basil leaf. This is a ridiculously flavorful (not to mention beautiful!) drink. You get just a tiny bit of heat from the jalapeño, lots of freshness from the basil and lime, just the right amount of sweetness from the simple syrup, and a nice kick in the pants from the vodka. It’s practically perfect!!!!

ENJOY!!!

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