3 Herbs for Making Gourmet Drinks
In the first week of March, we covered five essential herbs for cocktails, touching on the benefits and qualities of basic herbs like basil, mint, and rosemary. In the second week, we went through three lesser-known herbs: angelica, kaffir lime leaves, and tarragon. Today, we’d like to share a few more herbs with readers. These herbs are great for making gourmet drinks, martinis, or whatever other cocktails you might have in mind.
#1 Ginger Root
Okay, technically, ginger root is a spice – not an herb. However, we love it so much that we couldn’t let technicalities keep it off this list. Ginger is definitely one of our favorites. In fact, you might remember some blog posts we recently wrote about using ginger root and crystallized ginger in cocktails. For a refresher:
- How to Make Your Own Crystallized Ginger
- Amoretti Whiskey Ginger cocktail recipe, which uses your homemade crystallized ginger!
- Butterscotch Ginger Tea, a delicious and refreshing sugar-free recipe with some bite.
- History of Ginger
Definitely consider integrating ginger root into your gourmet drink recipes this spring. It’s quite the refreshing ingredient!
#2 Vanilla Bean
Amoretti Premium Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean has been one of our top-selling beverage syrups since we opened our doors for business. However, it’s hard to beat the real thing when it comes to taste. Real vanilla bean, once it undergoes the fermentation process, has some wonderfully rich flavors, including notes of tobacco, fruit, and spice. Use it in any cocktail that calls for vanilla syrup – just don’t expect to get the exact same results!
#3 Coriander Seeds
Coriander seeds, you may be surprised to learn, are from the same plant as cilantro. Most Westerners are only familiar with using the leaves (cilantro) for cooking. In many Eastern cultures, however, the coriander plant’s seeds are extremely popular for cooking. The seeds have a lemony citrus flavor with a hint of orange peel, which pairs well with many cocktails. Oftentimes, the seeds are slightly roasted or heated before being ground into a usable form. We recommend buying whole coriander seeds and then grinding them yourself for best results.
So far, we’ve shared eleven different herbs for making gourmet drinks. Do you have a favorite of your own that we haven’t discussed? If so, then share it with us on the Amoretti Facebook page. Feel free to include a drink recipe or any other tips for using your favorite cocktail herb!