The Project Gemini (Spicy Basil Margarita with Cointreau)

December 18, 2018
4 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Makes 1 cocktail
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

Test Kitchen Notes

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

What You'll Need
  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 thin slice jalapeño
  • Basil leaf, for garnish
  1. Muddle basil, jalapeño, and Cointreau in a shaker. Add remaining ingredients. Shake and strain. Garnish with a basil leaf.

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