Blood Orange and Cardamom Mojitos with Basil Recipe

Blood Orange and Cardamom Mojitos with Basil Recipe
Staff Writer
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
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
12 cocktails

Notes

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

Ingredients

For the infused vodka

  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 1 cup good quality vodka
  • 1 teaspoon blood orange zest
  • 1 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.

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.