Grapefruit Basil Martini

Alan Smart, HaleKahiki | Los Angeles, CA

In the basement of a Spanish-style bungalow in Los Angele’s Echo Park neighborhood is HaleKahiki, a 1950s-inspired home tiki bar built by Alan Smart and Michael Uhlenkott. With a beautifully crafted rattan-paneled bar, glowing sconces and a charming volcanic mural painted by Uhlenkott set back into the wall, the basement oasis is the setting for many a tropical-themed drink, including this simple citrus and herb sour. Equal parts grapefruit to vodka with a splash of basil-infused sugar syrup, Smart’s Martini is a pared down slice of paradise.  


Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)
  • 3 basil leaves, julienned

Garnish: basil leaf

  1. In a cocktail shaker, lightly muddle basil leaves with simple syrup.
  2. Add vodka, grapefruit juice and ice.
  3. Shake until chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a basil leaf.