Thai One On Tequila Cocktail

What do you get when you work real hard on a cocktail recipe using anejo tequila and grapefruit? First, you get a good buzz. Second, you get this Thai basil grapefruit cocktail. Third, you get to repeat number two as many times as you want. And repeat, you’ll want to do.

Thai basil grapefruit cocktail

For weeks I was working on some kind of tequila cocktail with grapefruit. I wanted it to be different from the Grapefruit Margarita but I wasn’t really sure what I wanted other than that.

So, I experimented with different cocktails using various ingredients and types of booze. I taste tested them on my poor, unsuspecting husband – although I think at this point he is no longer unsuspecting. Finally one day everything came together and this Thai basil grapefruit cocktail was born.

Thai basil tequila cocktail

I used the fresh Thai basil growing in my garden and muddled that with some fresh squeezed lime. I love using fresh ingredients from my garden whenever possible as I did with the raspberry jalapeno margarita and the cucumber jalapeno margarita.

For the booze portion of the drink, I finally decided on anejo tequila and Green Chartreuse. Oh, and for the grapefruit – rather than using fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, I ended up with San Pellegrino Pompelmo. It’s a grapefruit sparkling beverage that usually doesn’t last long in my house because the kids always want it for a “special drink.”

tequila cocktail with san pellegrino pompelmo

Thai basil grapefruit cocktail aka Thai One On Cocktail

Serves 1


  • 4-5 Thai basil leaves
  • 1/2 fresh squeezed lime
  • 1 1/2 ounces anejo tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Green Chartreuse
  • San Pellegrino Pompelmo (grapefruit)


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle Thai basil leaves and fresh squeezed lime.
  2. Add tequila and Green Chartreuse with ice and shake.
  3. Fill a rocks glass with ice and strain ingredients from cocktail shaker into the rocks glass.
  4. Top with San Pellegrino Grapefruit and garnish with lime wheel and sprig of Thai basil.


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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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7 comments… add one
  • Kristen January 17, 2013, 3:56 pm

    So glad Angela shared this! You have all of my husband’s favorite ingredients in here. Looks like it’s time to host a happy hour!

  • David Wysocki November 25, 2013, 12:32 am

    Try the following variation with Campari vs. Green Chartreuse. It was my best rendition of a drink I had at a fav Italian restaurant in Toronto. I called it “Frizzare Nuovo”, but having just come back from Italy, maybe one could call it “Tuscan Sunset” [smile]:

    The Frizzare Nuovo is a great balance of bright citrus, a touch of rose, and fresh basil. The San Pellegrino Pompelmo (grapefruit) soda really makes the drink, and is totally locating – not too sweet nor at all tart. Even though the tequila isn’t Italian, it adds to the freshness, without overpowering the other ingredients’ balance.

    What you’ll need:
    – Fresh Basil
    – High Quality white tequila
    – Campari
    – San Pellegrino Pompelmo soda

    What to do:
    – Put a few basil leaves into the bottom of a tall narrow clear glass and muddle (or crush the leaves in your fingers and drop into glass)
    – Add:
    o 2 oz high quality white (aka silver) tequila
    o 1 oz Campari
    o San Pellegrino Pompelmo soda with enough space in glass to add ice (about a half can or 150ml)
    – Lightly stir, from the bottom, with a spoon
    – Add a nice handful of ice to top off glass
    – Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil

    (Of course you can adjust the ingredients to your personal taste.)
    (Also beware, this is one of those drinks that goes down like silk then leaves you kicked a bit)

    • Jessica Torres November 25, 2013, 7:20 am

      This sounds fantastic! I’ll be trying it as soon as I get some more fresh basil. Thank you for sharing!

      • David Wysocki November 25, 2013, 7:42 am

        Thanks Jessica! – I made a nice PDF of the recipe with pics, to send to friends that loved it at a dinner party of mine . If you’re interested in having the PDF recipe, just let me know how to get the file to you. Enjoy! – David

        • Jessica Torres December 2, 2013, 10:51 am

          Hi David,

          I made this cocktail on Thanksgiving and it was wonderful. I’d love to see the PDF of the recipe you made. My email is if you’re still willing to share.


          • David Wysocki December 3, 2013, 9:12 am

            Hey there Jessica! – I was pleased to hear you made the cocktail and enjoyed it. Did others enjoy as well? It seems to be a great crowd pleaser, and even more on a warm spring or summer eve. I am happy to share the pdf I made, for just that reason (sent to your email provided). The artwork isn’t the greatest but it works as a nice thank you to guests that enjoy an evening together at my place. Cin cin! – David

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