Best Vodka Cocktails
Green Chartreuse liqueur casts a verdant glow and adds an herbal, floral flavor, enhancing this drink's citrus notes.
Bar Congress, Austin, TX
Created by: Jason Stevens, Director of Bars and Beverage
1 1/2 ounces vodka
6 basil leaves
3 large grapefruit peels, with minimal pith
1/4 ounce simple syrup (see directions below)
1/4 ounce Green Chartreuse
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
A few grains of salt
1/4 grapefruit wheel, for garnish
Place the vodka, four basil leaves, grapefruit peels, simple syrup, Green Chartreuse and fresh lime juice in a shaker. Add ice cubes and shake hard for 15-20 seconds. Double strain into an old fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with the remaining two basil leaves and a quarter wheel of grapefruit.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Combine the sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve. The liquid will be grainy, then cloudy, and is ready when it is completely clear.