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East Meets West--a Southeast Asian Inspired Bourbon Lemonade

east meets west, southeast asian-style bourbon lemonade

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Course aperitif, Dessert
Dish Type Cocktail
Ingredient bourbon
Author Annette Tomei


  • 2 in piece of peeled fresh ginger chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Thai basil torn into small pieces
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 1 1/2 jiggers Kentucky Bourbon
  • Ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup shaved ice can be made in a blender
  • 1 small scoop lemon sorbet or granita approximately 1/8 cup, homemade or purchased
  • Seltzer water
  • 1 lemon slice seeds removed (optional)
  • 1 in sprig Thai basil fit into a slitthe lemon slice (optional)


  • In mixing glass, muddle the ginger and basil with the bitters and agave nectar until the ginger is well bruised. Fill the glass halfway with ice cubes; pour in Bourbon. Stir vigorously.
  • Fill the chilled glass 3/4 with shaved ice then place the scoop of sorbet on top; strain the cocktail over the sorbet and finish with a splash of seltzer water.
  • Serve garnished with a Thai basil sprig, lemon slice (both optional) and a swizzle stick.