A tequila-based drink with an Italian twist inspired by the Dino De Laurentiis film Conan the Barbarian, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. At Giada it is served over an ice wrecking balla spherical ice cube made with a suspended basil leaffor even more basil flavor.
2 strips orange peel
4 large basil leaves, torn
1 ½ ounces premium tequila
3 ounces fresh tangerine juice
Fresh basil leaf and orange peel "moon", for garnish
Place the orange peel in a cocktail shaker and use a wooden spoon to crush and bruise the peel. Add the basil leaves to the shaker along with the tequila and juice. Shake well and pour into a double old- fashioned glass.
Garnish with the fresh basil leaf and orange “moon.”