-10 jalapeños, stemmed and seeded
-4 inches ginger, sliced
-fresh basil sprigs
-juice of 1 lemon
-> To make the simple syrup, place jalapeños and ginger in a medium pot. Cover with water and bring to a slow, rolling boil. Allow to boil slowly for about 40 minutes to an hour. Strain out the peppers and ginger. Mix the infused water with equal parts sugar and stir until completely dissolved. At this point, the syrup will keep in a jar in the fridge for weeks, or you can use it now to make these cocktails!
Muddle a sprig of fresh basil and one slice of jalapeño in the bottom of two glasses. Fill with ice. In a shaker (or an improvised shaker, aka mason jar with lid, like the one pictured below), mix 2 parts vodka, 1 part syrup, 1 part water, and juice of one lemon. Add ice, place the lid on firmly and shake!
Pour shaker's contents over ice in glasses. Check that the taste is too your liking and feel free to adjust syrup, vodka, water, or lemon accordingly. Careful, they're dangerous!