Thai Basil and Lime Kamikaze

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

My wife, Jackie, grows all kinds of basil in her herb garden, and sometimes we put a few leaves in a glass of sparkling water. A little Thai basil also perks up an icy Kamikaze on a hot summer day.

Makes1 serving



Total Timeunder 15 minutes

OccasionCocktail Party

Recipe Coursebeverage

Five Ingredients or LessYes


Taste and Textureherby

Type of Dishalcoholic beverage, cocktails


  • 1 small sprig fresh Thai basil or regular basil
  • ¾ ounce vodka
  • ½ ounce Triple Sec
  • ½ lime, cut into 4 wedges


  1. Pick the basil leaves from the stem and set I leaf aside for garnish.

  2. Chill a martini glass. In a mixing glass, half filled with crushed ice or broken-up ice cubes, muddle the vodka, Triple Sec, and lime with a bar stick. Add the basil leaves and bruise them. Strain into the chilled martini glass, garnish with the remaining basil leaf, and serve.


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What a deceptively simple combination... The spicy sweetness of the basil stands up perfectly to the tart lime and the edginess of the vodka. And somehow, with the basil and lime both in it, it seems more aromatic and greener, with a very clean finish. HIGHLY recommended for summer.


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