Jim Franco
Thai Basil Bliss
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Thai Basil Bliss

Union Square Hospitality Group, Tabla, New York City / May 2009

This recipe originally appeared in Pouring in Character.

A Margarita celebrating Goan chef Floyd Cardoz's arsenal of vivid Asian fusion flavors.

• 5 fresh Thai basil leaves
• 4 1" cubes fresh pineapple
• 1/2 oz. simple syrup
• 2 oz. silver Tequila
• 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
• splash of Champagne (optional)

Muddle 4 basil leaves and the pineapple in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, simple syrup, Tequila, and lime juice; shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled Martini glass. Add splash of Champagne, if desired. Garnish with remaining basil leaf and serve.

Excerpted from MIX SHAKE STIR: Recipes from Danny Meyer's Acclaimed New York City Restaurants by Danny Meyer. Copyright © 2009 by Danny Meyer. Reprinted by permission of Little, Brown and COmpany, New York, Ny. All rights reserved.