Thai One On

Photo by: hardlikearmour

by hardlikearmour

over 2 years ago

This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Party Drink.

Testing Notes From Whole Foods:

Hardlikearmour's grapefruit and Thai basil cocktail is so light and refreshing, it's suitable for just about any backyard party. The mild hint of ginger from the Domaine de Canton and anise-flavored basil are exotic accents to this bright, citrusy beverage. Notes: If you can't find Thai basil at your grocery store, feel free to use regular basil. If you don't have time to infuse your vodka with lemongrass, try placing a lemongrass stalk into each glass -- it will impart a subtle flavor and act as a swizzle stick. - Helen Hollyman

I created this recipe after being inspired by a grapefruit-tarragon aioli. I liked the idea of the anise flavor from the tarragon combined with grapefruit. Instead of using tarragon I went with Thai basil which also has a slight anise flavor plus some camphor notes that I thought would work with the grapefruit. I infused vodka with lemongrass (3 large stalks lemongrass, thinly sliced and steeped with vodka for 1 to 2 weeks, shaking mixture on occasion) and added some ginger liqueur to round out the flavors. Feel free to use citron vodka if you don't have the time or inclination to make the lemongrass infused vodka. I made a gigantic batch of this for a large party, and it was a great success. My good friend, mrslarkin, who's aioli was the original inspiration also provided the clever name.

Serves 6 to 8

  • 12 to 15 leaves of Thai basil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup lemongrass-infused or citron vodka
  • 1/2 cup Domaine de Canton (ginger liqueur)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ice cubes
  • 2 cups seltzer
  • basil sprigs and/or blades of lemongrass for garnish
  1. Muddle the basil leaves and sugar until the basil-leaves are well-mashed and the mixture has almost become a paste.
  2. Add grapefruit juice to the basil and sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then pour through a mesh strainer into your serving pitcher.
  3. Add the vodka, Domaine de Canton, lemon juice, and 6 to 8 ice cubes to the serving pitcher. Slowly add the seltzer. Stir gently to combine.
  4. Divide into 6- to 8-ounce glasses, each containing 2 to 3 ice cubes. Garnish with a sprig of thai basil and/or a blade of lemongrass. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Info:


  • 60 calories
  • 1g total fat
  • 0g saturated fat
  • 0mg cholesterol
  • 20mg sodium
  • 14g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 2g sugar)
  • 1g protein
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