The Project Gemini (Spicy Basil Margarita with Cointreau)

December 18, 2018

Author Notes: “Houston, we have a fresh take on the margarita.” Inspired by 2018’s First Man, starring Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong, this almost alien-green margarita gets an herbal twist thanks to basil, plus a hint of spice from the muddled jalapeño. The name for the cocktail, Project Gemini, comes from NASA’s second human spaceflight program in the 1960s, in which Armstrong played a pivotal role before landing on the moon as commander of Apollo 11.Food52

Food52 Review: This was developed by our partner Cointreau and is featured in the story, Create Your Own Hollywood-Inspired Cocktail & Win a Trip to Cannes.The Editors

Makes: 1 cocktail
Prep time: 5 min


  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 thin slice jalapeño
  • Basil leaf, for garnish
In This Recipe


  1. Muddle basil, jalapeño, and Cointreau in a shaker. Add remaining ingredients. Shake and strain. Garnish with a basil leaf.

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