Apéritif de Lillet Cannelle Basilic

April 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink


Makes 1 cocktail


1 ounce cucumber infused gin
2 ounces lillet blanc
½ ounce blood orange juice
½ ounce cinnamon basil syrup
Garnish with cucumbers marinated in cinnamon basil and lillet blanc
Cinnamon basil leaves for garnish


In a shaker filled with ice, combine gin, lillet, blood orange juice and cinamon basil syrup. Shake well and strain into a lowball glass filled with ice or a martini-style glass. Garnish with a lillet-soaked cucumber and cinnamon basil leaf.

Cinnamon Basil Syrup

Makes 1 cup syrup


½ cup to 2 cups sugar
½ cup to 2 cups water
½ cup fresh cinnamon basil leaves


Place water, sugar and cinnamon basil leaves in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for a few more minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool. Strain out basil leaves. Bottle and refrigerate.

Blood Orange Thyme Margarita

October 21st, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes four Margaritas


6-8 oz tequila
2 oz orange liquor (Triple Sec or any higher end brand is fine)
juice of two Blood oranges
juice of two limes
1 tablespoon of thyme leaves
a pinch of salt


Mix 6-8 oz tequila, 2 oz orange liquor (Triple Sec or any higher end brand is fine), the juice of two Blood oranges, the juice of two limes, one tablespoon of thyme leaves, and a pinch of salt in a shaker. Shake well and strain into lowball glasses that have been rimmed with a combination of salt and fresh thyme over shaved or crushed ice and garnish with a slice of blood orange.

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