Thirsty Thursday: Buddha’s Hand and Thai Basil Cocktail


  • 1 oz Hangar One Buddha’s hand vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz Manzanilla sherry
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Buddha’s hand cordial
  • 1/2 oz sparkling water
  • 5 large Thai basil leaves
  • 5 strips of candied lemon peel
  • Thai basil flower for garnish

Buddha’s Hand Cordial:

  • 2 tablespoons Buddha’s hand zest (~1 medium Buddha’s hand)
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup

Candied Lemon Peel:

  • 2 lemons
  • 6 oz simple syrup (~ 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water)


To make the Buddha’s hand cordial:

  1. Soak the Buddha’s hand zest in the simple syrup for 10 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove the zest. Set aside.

To make the candied lemon peel:

  1. Use a vegetable peeler to cut strips of lemon peel from top to bottom. Try to remove as little of the white pith as possible. Cut the peel into narrower strips, approximately 1/4-inch wide. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring your simple syrup to a simmer. Add the strips of lemon peel and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Your candied lemon peel is all done, and can be stored in the simple syrup until you are ready to use.

To make the cocktail:

  1. Pick 5 large Thai basil leaves. Set aside the top portion of the sprig (the flower) for garnish.
  2. Stack the leaves on top of each other and use a sharp knife to chiffonade into 1/4-inch strips. This will help to release the basil’s natural oils.  Add the strips to the bottom of your shaker.
  3. Next, add the lemon juice, sparkling water, candied lemon peel, and Buddha’s hand cordial to your shaker.
  4. Finally, add the vodka and the sherry. Briefly stir the ingredients together to incorporate. Add ice and give a quick shake for just a few seconds.
  5. Pour the entire contents of your shaker into a tall glass.
  6. The strips of Thai basil and lemon peel should disperse throughout the drink, clinging to the ice.
  7. If they clump together, feel free to use a barspoon to spread the strips throughout the glass.
  8. Garnish with a Thai basil flower.

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