Hanoi Strip Sour
From: Nathan Gerdes, Portland, OR, named the 2012 “Most Imaginative Bartender” at the United States Bartenders’ Guild Summit
2 parts Bombay Sapphire® gin
¾ parts fresh lime juice
¾ parts Pho specialty syrup
¼ part St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
Pho specialty syrup:
3 cups sugar combined with 3 cups water for simple syrup
2 medium-sized jalapeno peppers
1 cup cilantro leaves
2 cups Thai basil leaves
1 cup fresh ginger
2 Tbsp. grains of paradise
4 whole limes, sliced
For Pho specialty syrup: Place ingredients in a pot and bring to a light boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain and bottle.
Cocktail directions: Shake and serve in an old-fashioned glass on the rocks. Garnish with a lime wheel and Thai basil sprig.