12 Days of hors d’oeuvres and cocktails: Day 2

by Tokyo Terrace on November 28, 2009

Thai Spiced Shrimp with Coconut Dipping Sauce and a Terrace Tonic

When I am at home in Minnesota, I spend a lot of time with my friends Jenn and Allison. I consider myself unbelievably lucky to have such wonderful women in my life. I have felt even more lucky in the past year because they have made the long trek to visit me in Tokyo. It is an amazing thing to have people who care about you enough to travel thousands of miles to see you.

Allison is here now with her husband Adam and we are having a blast. Karaoke last night, Kamakura today, and a lot of laughs in between. It has truly been a thankful Thanksgiving week for us here at Tokyo Terrace.

When we are not in Tokyo, Allison, Jenn and myself often find ourselves sitting on someone’s patio enjoying a glass of wine or a cocktail together. This cocktail makes me think of days spent with my closest friends, enjoying fresh flavors and fun conversation with two people who know me inside and out.

For the “12 Days” project, I couldn’t help but add this cocktail to the list. It works perfectly with Debi’s Thai Spiced Shrimp. Basil is a classic flavor in Thai cuisine and pairs nicely with the coconut dipping sauce. This drink is easy, beautiful, and delicious. The perfect way to bring an exotic feel to a holiday party!

This one goes out to Allison and Jenn. I love you both!

For Debi’s recipe for Thai Spiced Shrimp with Coconut Dipping Sauce, click here.

Terrace Tonic
makes 1 cocktail

1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon chopped basil leaves
2 shots vodka
Tonic Water
Ice cubes

Combine the sugar, zest, basil leaves and vodka in the bottom of a glass. Using a spoon, smash the ingredients together to release and meld the flavors. Add the ice cubes and top with the tonic water. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

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  • http://www.eatlivetravelwrite.com/ Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    LOVE LOVE LOVING this series!!! Am printing this out for future reference!

  • http://www.eatlivetravelwrite.com Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    LOVE LOVE LOVING this series!!! Am printing this out for future reference!

  • Jan

    Wonderful idea sharing ideas. Great inspiration for Christmas parties. Thanks to both of you!

  • Jan

    Wonderful idea sharing ideas. Great inspiration for Christmas parties. Thanks to both of you!

  • http://dreamytravels.wordpress.com/ dreamytravels

    Wow Amazing pictures and looks like a delicous drink.
    I would like to inform you that the winners have been announced and I person has already received one of the five first class tickets. :)
    Please check out our blog for further information and to view the Results Video.

    Thank you,

    Dreamy Travels Team

  • http://dreamytravels.wordpress.com dreamytravels

    Wow Amazing pictures and looks like a delicous drink.
    I would like to inform you that the winners have been announced and I person has already received one of the five first class tickets. :)
    Please check out our blog for further information and to view the Results Video.

    Thank you,

    Dreamy Travels Team

  • http://wokstar.us/ Eleanor Hoh (WokStar)

    What a lovely idea partnering with Debi’s food. Both look amazing. Enjoy.

  • http://wokstar.us Eleanor Hoh (WokStar)

    What a lovely idea partnering with Debi’s food. Both look amazing. Enjoy.

  • http://www.MyLastBite.com/ mylastbite

    Ooh. My kind of cocktail!

  • http://www.MyLastBite.com mylastbite

    Ooh. My kind of cocktail!

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com/ Divina

    The cocktail and the hors d’oeuvre are just perfect for each other. Glad you have really good friends with you. Not just friend, but real, true friends.

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com Divina

    The cocktail and the hors d’oeuvre are just perfect for each other. Glad you have really good friends with you. Not just friend, but real, true friends.

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com/ wasabi prime

    Wow, how refreshing and simple! I need to feel really inspired to make cocktails at home, since some of my favorites require a few steps. So much freshness in so few ingredients — the perfect combination! Now if only this could guarantee a lovely sunny day… and maybe a beach.

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com wasabi prime

    Wow, how refreshing and simple! I need to feel really inspired to make cocktails at home, since some of my favorites require a few steps. So much freshness in so few ingredients — the perfect combination! Now if only this could guarantee a lovely sunny day… and maybe a beach.

  • tokyoterrace

    Mardi: I am so glad you are finding this useful! I hope you’ll report back if you use any of the pairings!

  • tokyoterrace

    Jan: Glad you like the series!

  • tokyoterrace

    Mardi: I am so glad you are finding this useful! I hope you’ll report back if you use any of the pairings!

  • tokyoterrace

    Jan: Glad you like the series!

  • tokyoterrace

    dreamytravels: Thanks for the heads-up! Maybe we’ll win next time, eh?

  • tokyoterrace

    Wokstar: Thank you! Glad you stopped by to check out what we are doing!

  • tokyoterrace

    dreamytravels: Thanks for the heads-up! Maybe we’ll win next time, eh?

  • tokyoterrace

    Wokstar: Thank you! Glad you stopped by to check out what we are doing!

  • tokyoterrace

    mylastbite: Glad you like it!

  • tokyoterrace

    mylastbite: Glad you like it!

  • tokyoterrace

    Divina: I’m glad too- I feel very blessed.

  • tokyoterrace

    Divina: I’m glad too- I feel very blessed.

  • tokyoterrace

    WasabiPrime: It is pretty cool how you can take such simplicity and make it something unique. I think that’s why I love making cocktails. There is so much you can do with them, yet they don’t have to be complicated and super fancy. The beach pairing sounds pretty awesome…

  • tokyoterrace

    WasabiPrime: It is pretty cool how you can take such simplicity and make it something unique. I think that’s why I love making cocktails. There is so much you can do with them, yet they don’t have to be complicated and super fancy. The beach pairing sounds pretty awesome…

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