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Jade Mistress

Jade Mistress
Los Angeles Times

WITH all the snappy apples -- rosy Rome Beauties, flowery Splendors, tart Pippins -- spilling out of farmers market stalls this time of year, it's hard to resist dreaming up excuses to buy them by the bushel. It's a great ... Read more

Total time: 35 minutes | Serves 4
  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce plus 4 teaspoons simple syrup, divided
  • 1/2 cup peeled, finely diced Granny Smith apple, plus extra for garnish (about 1 apple)
  • 16 Thai basil leaves, torn
  • 10 ounces chile-steeped vodka

Step 1In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice and 1 ounce simple syrup. This makes 5 ounces sour mix.

Step 2In a pitcher, muddle the diced apple, 12 of the basil leaves and the remaining 4 teaspoons simple syrup. Add the vodka and 4 ounces of fresh sour mix, discarding the remaining sour mix.

Step 3Pour half the mixture into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain it into two chilled martini glasses. Garnish each with a Thai basil leaf and diced apple. Repeat with the remaining mixture to make two more drinks.

Note: From Sara Southern for Red Pearl Kitchen. To make the red chile vodka, steep 1 to 2 Thai red chiles (dried), depending on how spicy you want it, in 10 ounces vodka at room temperature for one day. To make a simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves; allow to cool before using.

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