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Destination: Cocktail

Basil Lemonade by Gavin Portsmouth at Take a Bao

December 02, 2011

The "w" in winter generally stands for "whiskey," but what if you're a cold-weather, clear-liquor kind of guy or gal? Try reaching for an ice-cold alcoholic lemonade. Take A Bao — the cleverly named Studio City restaurant specializing in the tasty and eponymous steamed Chinese bun filled with savory ingredients — has just the thing: Basil Lemonade. Made with Stoli Citrus, lemon and orange juices and fresh, hand-torn Thai basil leaves, this concoction will refresh after manic holiday shopping.

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Basil Lemonade by Gavin Portsmouth

10 fresh Thai basil leaves

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1.5 ounces simple syrup

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

0.5 ounces fresh orange juice

2.5 ounces Stoli Citrus

Muddle the hand-ripped basil leaves and sugar in a mixing glass. Add the remaining ingredients and a scoop of ice. Shake well for 10 seconds. Pour everything into a highball glass. Serve with a tall straw.

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Take A Bao, 11838 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 691-7223; http://www.takeabao.com.

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— Jessica Gelt

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