Thai Inspired Vodka Cocktail - Vodka cocktail with vodka, Tonic water, simple syrup, mint, Thai basil, Kaffir lime leaf, lime juice, and a bird's eye chili.
I have an obsession with Thai food; the flavors and the balance of sweet, sour, spicy and salty. My favorite Thai ingredients are lemongrass, Thai chilies, Thai basil, lime, fish sauce, coconut milk, and lime leaves. I love curry and coconut soup, Massaman, Pad Thai, Pad See Ew, the list goes on and on...
This Thai inspired vodka cocktail came about after I came home with the basil plants I mentioned in my last post, Strawberry Basil Pops (I have an obsession with basil too, haha)
What are you obsessed with, food-wise?
Once I had my Thai basil and mint plants home, I had the idea to try to create a cocktail based on them. I had some lime leaves and red Thai chilies in the freezer (as always) and some simple syrup. (The red chili was just a garnish, for color) I brought out Tito’s vodka (not sponsored, just love it) and started muddling and pouring. The end result was a cocktail we both loved and have had a few times since. 😉
If you don’t have simple syrup, check out my blog post for that, it’s as easy as combining and heating sugar and water.
What’s your favorite cocktail?
How to Make a Thai Inspired Vodka Cocktail
First, make your Simple Syrup. It takes 5 minutes and it's really easy.
Add the simple syrup and the lime leaf, basil leaves and mint leaves to a glass. Use a muddler or a spoon to muddle the leaves, which is just hitting them a bit to release their oils and flavors.
Add the ice and then the vodka. Stir. Fill with Tonic water and add a squeeze of lime juice and the chili, if using.
Very easy to scale up for a group.
Thai Inspired Vodka Cocktail
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- 2 oz Vodka
- 1 cup ice
- 4-5 leaves Thai basil
- 3-4 leaves mint
- 1 Kaffir lime leaf
- 1 red Thai chili ((bird's eye chili), optional)
- ½ 355 ml can Tonic water
- Squeeze of lime
- Muddle simple syrup with lime leaf, Thai basil and mint.
- Add vodka and ice.
- Add the tonic water, a squeeze of lime juice, and garnish with the red chili.