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Tropical Christmas

Tropical Christmas sour cocktail with basil, tequila, triple sec, guava nectar, lime juice, and sparkling water

Up here in the northern hemisphere, where Cocktail Party is headquartered, Christmas comes with a predictable theme: snowflakes and icicles, and warm drinks with baking-spice flavors served by the fire. But in the southern hemisphere, Christmas comes in summer – a time for barbecues and trips to the beach in jandals and sunnies.

Enter the Tropical Christmas, a summery and refreshing cocktail recipe from the folks at LiquorLand Toast, a New Zealand cocktail magazine. It’s perfect for the holidays down south, with bright summer flavors of guava and basil – but still featuring traditional green and red (well, pink) colors, and a festive rim of salted, basil-flecked “snow.”

If you happen to have a compatible flavor of sparkling water on hand (like guava or lime), feel free to use it here!

Ingredients

Instructions

To prepare the glass, quickly blend a few torn basil leaves with a handful of salt until the basil is broken into little flecks. Pour the salt and basil mixture onto a shallow plate. Wipe the outer rim of a short glass with a wedge of lime, and roll the wet rim in the salt and basil mixture. Set the glass aside while you make the drink.

Muddle the basil leaves in a shaker, and add the remaining ingredients (except the sparkling water) and ice. Shake well, and strain into the prepared glass over fresh ice. Top with sparkling water, and garnish with a freshly-slapped sprig or leaf of basil.

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