Spicy Basil Cocktail Recipe

Spicy Basil Cocktail Recipe
Staff Writer
Spicy Basil Cocktail
Maryse Chevriere
Spicy Basil Cocktail

According to 9 Restaurant mixologist Gennarose, this cocktail with a Sriracha kick can be enjoyed year-round: the spice makes it warming for winter, while the champagne adds a refreshing touch for summer. 

Ingredients

  • A few sprigs of basil, plus an unblemished leaf for garnish
  • 3-4 drops of Sriracha (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 1 ounce elderflower liqueur, preferably St-Germain
  • 1 ounce ginger liqueur, preferably Domaine de Canton  
  • Splash of Champagne, to top (nothing too expensive)
  • Ice

Directions

In a rocks glass or cocktail shaker, muddle the basil, Sriracha and the two liqueurs.* Fill the glass with ice and top with champagne. Toss back and forth once or twice in another glass or shaker. Serve in a collins glass with the basil garnish.

*Note: Gennarose recommends using a wooden muddler to avoid breaking the glass.

Spicy Basil Shopping Tip

Look for bright green leaves free of dark spots. The leaves should be dry and are best kept wrapped in a paper towel in a bag when storing in the refrigerator.

Spicy Basil Cooking Tip

When using basil in a hot recipe, add it only at the last minute. Otherwise you will lose the flavor and fragrance of the herb.