Spicy Basil Screwdriver

This is sort of a Screwdriver 2.0.  I clearly love spicy things, and you can certainly tone down the spice by using a couple less slices of Serrano pepper.  The basil adds such a unique flavor dimension and really makes this cocktail more sophisticated.

Spicy Basil Screwdriver

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By Liz Serves: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Not your mama's screwdriver.


  • 4 thin slices of Serrano Pepper
  • 3 Basil Leaves
  • 2 shots (or 3 oz) of Stoli Orange Vodka
  • 3 shots (or 4.5oz) of Orange Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Agave Nectar
  • Dash of Orange Bitters
  • For Garnish:
  • 2 slices Serrano Pepper
  • 2 small Basil Leaves



Drop the Serrano pepper slices, the Basil leaves and one shot of Orange Juice in the bottom of a glass or martini shaker, using a pestle macerate the Basil and Serrano for about 30 seconds.


Add the 2 shots of Vodka, the rest of the Orange Juice, the Agave and the bitters.


Fill the cup with ice, cover and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.


Strain as you are pouring into your glass (can use a lowball or martini glass).


Garnish with a couple Serrano Pepper Slices and Basil Leaves.


Sip and enjoy.

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