Tiki Thai Cocktail

Starters | December 27, 2016 | By

Watch the recipe video on the Asian Caucasian YouTube Channel

I’m not one to pass up a good libation, so Asian Caucasian is ringing in the New Year with this mildly spicy, Thai-inspired cocktail!  Damien is not a drinker, so guess who was “forced” to do the taste-testing on this one?  You got it!  Really tough assignment!  This spritzy muddled vodka drink is SO good — it has a touch of sweetness from the simple syrup, flavorings from the lemongrass, mint, and basil, and a touch of heat from the chili peppers.  Wow! Wow! Wow!  Could be my new go-to cocktail!

Tiki Thai Cocktail
Serves: 2
  • 1 piece lemongrass, tough outer skin removed
  • 4-5 Thai basil leaves or regular basil (more for garnishing)
  • 4-5 sprigs mint leaves (more for garnishing)
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ¾ ounce *simple syrup
  • 8 ounces club soda
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • 3-4 cucumber slices
  • 4 thin slices jalapeño peppers
  • 2-3 thin slices red Thai chili peppers (seeded)
  1. In a martini shaker, muddle the first three ingredients. Add the vodka, simple syrup, and club soda to the shaker and lightly shake to combine.
  2. Using a strainer, pour the mixture into a cocktail glass and squeeze in the lime juice, stir well. (Discard the ingredients from the shaker.) Garnish the drink with cucumbers, jalapeño peppers, red Thai chili peppers, basil, and mint.
*To make simple syrup:
Pour equal parts water and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat the ingredients until dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.