Over the weekend, I went to this fabulous restaurant with even more fabulous friends. (Off the subject but related to the word "fabulous" - did anyone see Kristin Wiig do Kim Cattrall on SNL last week? Amazing.) Most of us ordered their signature cocktail, the Tavern on the Green, which was rum, basil, cilantro, jalapenos and lime. Because I am a mom, I didn't drink 15. And because I am a mom, I decided we should recreate it the next night at home. Project! (If I wasn't a mom I'd pour Kettle in my coffee.)
So I minced up some jalapeno into teeny, tiny pieces (*see note below) and added them to a bottle of vodka. We only had the patience to let it sit for about 30 minutes, but the longer you do I imagine, the better.
In the meantime, I finely chopped some basil and cilantro, let that sit in a bowl of lime juice and whisked it all together with a couple teaspoons of brown sugar.
Lots of ice, lots of jalapeno vodka, a couple spoonfuls of the lime/herb mixture and Fresca for fizz (club soda would work too). Lime for garnish. Holiday straw for adorableness.
*NOTE: Never, ever, under any circumstances in the world use your fingers to get the seeds and ribs out of a jalapeno. You're like, no shit Sherlock, are you slow?? Yes. Yes I am slow. I don't know what I was thinking, but the knife seemed like too much work and I am part cave-woman. It didn't hurt at first. But an hour or so later, the burning. The throbbing. THE BURNING. Every single fingertip, I was ready to cut off. I tried everything: soaking them in milk and sugar, washing them with lemon juice, dish soap, coating them with toothpaste. Only temporary relief. Meditating through the pain was the only thing that helped, and I'm serious, I tried that. And then I drank some more vodka.
For some creative DIY alcoholic gift ideas: Holiday Spirit(s)