Vodka with Jalapeno, Basil, Cilantro and Lime


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)


Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Tasty cocktail!! Next time you manhandle the jalapenos soak your fingers IN your vodka, the alcohols help dissolve and remove the oils that cause the burning. BTDT!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Gorgeous!!! Holy cow this is right up my alley. Looks like a big 'ol batch of Christmas. Sign me up!

Siri said...

Red and green, right?! See, you can be festive AND drunk. In fact, I think those are the same thing?

Thanks for the tip, Andrea, next time! Oh but there won't be a next time.

Jenna said...

YUM! Very Festive.One time I cut a habanero and used a spoon to scoop out the seeds..but I touched the seeds I guess..rubbed my eyes. OOPS. 1.5 days later I could see again. I was using Lemon juice to splash in my eye.

Samantha Ball said...

Looks amaze! I think I just pinned you. It was my first, I'm new at Pinterest. :) Oh me oh my these make me want to drink! Pinned to remember for the future, haha. Have a few for me. Hope your fingies are better!

Mark said...

Sounds yummy but after you've had a few you might end up with cilantro in your teeth. i hate that....

Stacey said...

I will be recreating these this weekend! Thanks for posting the how-to...yum!

Sara said...

Read this story about a guy who peeled 5 lbs of jalapeno peppers with his bare hands. You will laugh out loud. I laugh so hard I cry every time I read it.


iamchasingthirty said...

So good. I want another!!


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