Thai Bomber Martini

Published On September 13, 2012 | By Russell van Kraayenburg | Cocktails, Gin

I watch in titillated anticipation as a field of small hairs on my body lift up; goosebumps follow, dotting my pale skin with a nervous and excited tell. My lips push apart to let my lungs take in a deep breath.  The streaks of gold and green in my brown eyes shrink as my pupils grow – another tell and another chance for my opponent to see my hand.

A clammy paw tugs at the blue plaid collar hugging my neck; it suddenly feels tight, too tight. My slim fingers delicately, discretely slide one of the buttons from it’s cotton lock. A rush of cold air swirls around my neck. What a relief.

Still, I feel a ball of sweat form above my eyes. My breaths hasten. I can feel my heart racing, beating at my ribs. I bite my lip gently; the sensation swirling about my body, the pleasure taking over, is too much.

My back arches and I can’t help but close my eyes. The pleasure mixes with pain; I can’t tell if I like it or fear it. I savor every last second before I look down at the tall, slender glass and spicy contents that torment me.

I wipe my brow and take another sip. My lips burn with the capsatian sting of jalapeño and the smokey burn of the chili powder. My body reels all over again from the nip of a deliciously spicy and flavorful cocktail.

I’ve been a martini guy for as long as I can remember. And while I will admit the slender stemmed glasses do carry a sense of pretension, especially when enjoying one out, few drinks can get me as excited as the martini. Of course, bring up martini to a group of cocktail-obsessed characters and you’ll find yourself facing the now age old gin vs. vodka argument. Fundamentals and personal preferences aside, this is a cocktail that requires the martini original, gin. It benefits so wonderfully from a smooth gin – you get flavors and mouth feel out of gin you just don’t get with vodka.

The star of this cocktail is the spice though. Jalapeños are my favorite pepper, so getting to mix them into a drink was a no brainer. The thai basil adds a peppery herb bite to it and the grapefruit adds just enough citrus and sweetness to round all the flavors out. Mixed together, you get a wonderfully complex drink with flavors and spices that mix to create a refreshing concoction. With the sugar and chili powder rimmed glasses, the refreshing aspects are prefaced by a delightul lip burning spice and finish with the familiar capsaicin burn that envelopes the whole mouth. It reminds me a little of thai cuisine and as a drink it’s perfect.

Simple syrup, as the name indicates, is quite simple to make. Making simple syrup is necessary to avoid granulated sugar from not completely dissolving in the drink. Simple syrup will keep almost indefinitely as well. I keep mine in the fridge though it is safe to store at room temperature.


Russell is the boy behind the from-scratch baking blog, Chasing Delicious.

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is a born and bred Texan who's always looking for a way to add a little BBQ to his cocktail. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Boys Club and Founder and CEO of Rambunctious House Media, the food-obsessed company behind The Boys Club, Chasing Delicious, and Follow Russell on twitter @rvank.

22 Responses to Thai Bomber Martini

  1. kita kita says:

    I’ve always been a martini drinker and am up to trying new things. This sounds great. Love the basil and the jalapeno

  2. I love a good kick to a cocktail!

  3. amaze!! can we please have a cocktail party? we will bring the 1776 and you can drink this bad boy.

  4. This drink sounds fabulous! I love hot peppers in martinis and recenly made one with habanero vodka. I love the pairing of the sweet and spicy here as well as the citrus and thai basil! I know I would love this drink :)!

  5. Aggie says:

    I love a good dirty vodka martini with blue cheese stuffed olives. I can taste it now!
    You have completely outdone yourself with this one in so many ways. I’m so intrigued! Sounds amazing!

  6. Aggie says:

    Oh and photos are stunning. :)

  7. I’ll gladly take a good martini any day and this one sounds like it has quite a kick!

  8. I love a spicy cocktail! This one sounds like perfection!

  9. Jalapenos are the perfect pepper for drinks–spicy, but not unpleasantly so. And Thai basil too?! I love this!

  10. Carolyn says:

    Awesome! I love martinis too, this is going to be awesome!

  11. Ian says:

    Not that you necessarily care, but adding grapefruit twist to the shaker as your bitter ingredient has become known as a “regal shake”. They do it at Lantern’s Keep in NYC. A google search came across this:

    Lovely site here. Congratulations.

  12. I love a spicy cocktail, it’s pretty much the only thing that can get me to stray from beer. This one looks fabulous.

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  14. Love this! My kind of martini–love a little heat in my cocktails.

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