Thai One On

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Author Notes: Each year my friends throw a big crawfish boil party in the late spring. I make the desserts and a signature cocktail. This is what I went with for this year's boil. It was inspired by mrslarkin's Tarragon & Grapefruit Aioli. I used a lemongrass-infused vodka (3 large stalks lemongrass, thinly sliced and steeped with 750 milliliters vodka for 1 to 2 weeks), but a citron vodka would work well too. This drink has a lovely balance of sweet, tart, and bitter making it especially refreshing on a hot day. (Thanks to mrslarkin also for the name suggestion -- she's a funny lady!) hardlikearmour

Food52 Review: Hardlikearmour's grapefruit and Thai basil cocktail is so light and refreshing, it's suitable for just about any backyard party. The mild hint of ginger from the Domaine de Canton and anise-flavored basil are exotic accents to this bright, citrusy beverage. Notes: If you can't find Thai basil at your grocery store, feel free to use regular basil. If you don't have time to infuse your vodka with lemongrass, try placing a lemongrass stalk into each glass -- it will impart a subtle flavor and act as a swizzle stick.The Editors

Serves 2

  • 3 Thai basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 ounces lemongrass-infused vodka (see headnote) or citron vodka
  • 1 ounce Domaine de Canton (ginger liqueur)
  • 2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Seltzer
  1. Muddle basil leaves and sugar together until basil leaves are well-mashed. Stir in vodka, liqueur, grapefruit juice, and lemon juice.
  2. Strain into 2 glasses (6 to 8 ounces in size). Add 2 to 3 ice cubes to each glass, then top with seltzer. Serve with a blade of lemongrass and/or a sprig of Thai basil. Enjoy!
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over 3 years ago katylua

This sounds absolutely delightful! This is a good excuse to run to the liquor store (not that I generally need a reason). I can't to give this one a spin.

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks! I hope you enjoy it! I will warn you, the Domaine de Canton is ridiculously good and easy to drink on it's own.

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over 3 years ago wssmom

Not only does it look great, the name is AWESOME hahahaha!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Thanks! mrslarkin helped with the name.

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over 3 years ago lapadia

Thank you, I think I will!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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LOL! You really should.

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over 3 years ago aargersi

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YUM! This sounds awesome! What cake did you make for the party?

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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it was pretty darn tasty. I did a coral reef cake with modeling chocolate fish & gumpaste (and spaghetti coral and creatures. See my profile pic.

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over 3 years ago aargersi

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Holy cow that is one amazing cake! My birthday is coming up - howzabout a trip to Texas and a cake baking and decorating lesson?

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over 3 years ago nannydeb

Love the name!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Mrslarkin does it again!

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Seriously, I'll be in charge of the ibuprofen when we all come to your next party, hardlikearmour! This sounds amazing!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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LOL! Thanks, gingerroot!

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over 3 years ago boulangere

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OMG! Inspirational.

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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LOL... You're one to talk! They do go down reeeal easy.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Hee! Can't wait to Thai One On! Glad I provided some inspiration for your lovely cocktail. :)

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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awww! You're always and inspiration, mrsL!

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over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

i do love the name!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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It's pretty appropriate since someone at the party told me "you're good at making hangovers!"

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over 3 years ago TXExpatInBKK

Hangover, HAHA! Good one HLA!

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over 3 years ago nannydeb

That sounds tasty! I have some grapefruit vodka, would that be too much?

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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I think it would work just fine! It was a pretty big hit at the party.