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