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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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This tantelizing lemon and bourbon drink combines citrus sorbet with ginger, basil and bourbon. It's so good!
Course aperitif, Dessert
Cuisine Southeast Asian
Dish Type Cocktail
Cooking Style Mixology
Ingredient bourbon
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
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.