Oh, hello. Meet the summer cocktail of my dreams.
Also in my dreams: Alec Baldwin follows me around all day (wearing a tuxedo, natch–what is he, a farmer?) and does all of my speaking for me. I just scribble on note cards and wear sunglasses.
Can we make this happen? Maybe I could get on Kickstarter and collect donations.
Meanwhile, I’ll just tell you: This drink made my life better. It’s refreshing, it’s interesting, it’s downright scrumptious. It’s the reason for this:
Looks positively yikes-worthy, huh? Don’t worry; I also bought a cantaloupe that I pushed out of the frame. For comedic effect.
If I haven’t told you before, I will now: I. Adore. Lemongrass. If I could spend hours standing in the kitchen and inhaling its citrusy, fresh, herbal scent, I probably would.
Add Thai basil (or regular basil, really), and your wildest fresh, clean, herbal-citrusy, subtly complex dreams will come true. I mean it.
As for our other dreams, I don’t know. Let’s have an evening drink…
…And talk about which Jack Donaghy line is best. I’m a big fan of “business drunk.”
Thai Basil and Lemongrass Mojito
1 lemongrass stalk (bottom 7 inches or so; save the top for garnish)
8-10 Thai basil leaves, plus more for garnish
1 shot white rum
1/2 shot simple syrup
1/2 shot fresh lime juice
Microwave the bottom of the lemongrass stalk for 30 seconds or so, until softened and fragrant. Slice thinly and muddle in a cocktail shaker with the basil, rum, simple syrup and lime juice. Strain into a 10- or 12-oz glass filled with ice, top with club soda, garnish with additional basil and lemongrass, and serve immediately. Makes 1 drink.