Blood Orange and Cardamom Mojitos with Basil Recipe

Blood Orange and Cardamom Mojitos with Basil Recipe
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Blood Orange and Cardamom Mojitos with Basil Recipe
Ryan Szulc

I'm not a fan of overly sweet drinks, desserts, or TV hostesses. In fact, I usually drink my vodka straight, because at the end of the day I'm just a simple girl who likes to get kicked out of bars in three-inch heels. But since this is a PJ party and not a Motörhead concert, I figured, why not dress it up a little with a not-too-sweet blood orange mojito?

12
Servings
109
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Adapted from "Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen: Cookin' for Trouble" (Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, 2011).

Ingredients

For the infused vodka

  • green cardamom pods
  • 1  cup  good quality vodka
  • 1  teaspoon  blood orange zest
  • whole vanilla bean

For the maple blood-orange juice

  • 4  cups  blood orange juice, strained of pulp
  • 1/4  cup  maple syrup

For the cocktail

  • 1 1/2  ounce  infused vodka
  • Ice
  • 1  cup  Thai sweet basil leaves
  • 6  cups  sparkling water

Directions

For the infused vodka

Heat a small pan over medium-high heat. Add the whole cardamom pods, and toast them for 30 seconds, until slightly golden and fragrant. Set aside.

Pour the vodka into a medium-sized pitcher and add the toasted cardamom pods, blood orange zest, and vanilla bean. Stir, cover, and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. After the vodka has been infused, strain it and discard the cardamom, zest, and vanilla bean.

For the maple blood-orange juice

In a medium-sized pitcher, whisk the blood orange juice with the maple syrup, and set aside.

For the cocktail

Pour 1 1/2 ounces of infused vodka over some ice cubes in each highball glass. Add 4 Thai basil leaves. Pour in 1/3 cup of maple blood-orange juice, and top with sparkling water. Repeat steps for all 12 cocktails.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
1g
1%
Sugar
14g
16%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
25g
19%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
26µg
4%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
37mg
49%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
19µg
21%
Calcium, Ca
126mg
13%
Choline, total
8mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Fluoride, F
34µg
1%
Folate, total
16µg
4%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
30mg
9%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
68mg
10%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
98mg
7%
Water
177g
7%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Blood Orange Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Blood Orange Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.

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