3 Lemony Herbs to Use in Making Gourmet Drinks
As much as we love our beverage syrups, it’s hard to beat fresh-from-the-garden herbs when they’re available. As the weather warms and spring draws in, we’re excited to prepare our cocktail herb gardens for a new season of drink mixing! We’re especially excited about growing three lemon-flavored herbs. While you wait for the final frost to lift, try perfecting your gourmet drink recipes by using Amoretti Premium Lemon Syrup.
Lemongrass is one of the best herbs to have in your own garden. While freeze-dried lemongrass isn’t bad, it doesn’t match up to fresh lemongrass. (Don’t even bother with air-dried lemongrass, as all of the natural oils will have been lost in the process.) Lemongrass has a very tart, refreshing, and “clean” citrus flavor. Plus, it even has some health benefits. Many people in India use lemongrass and lemongrass tea to alleviate colds and congestion. While a lemongrass martini might not heal your cold, it certainly isn’t a bad way to try, right? (Kidding – not our medical advice!)
To be able to grow lemongrass outdoors, you have to live in at least a Zone 9. Full sun and well-watered soil are required. If your local climate can’t meet these requirements, you can always try growing lemongrass indoors!
#2 Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is known for having a touch of mint in addition to its lemony flavor. Lemon balm pairs really well with bourbon (think Mint Julep) and fruit juices. Add a little bourbon, lemon balm, and maybe a sour cocktail mix to create a unique drink recipe that surely won’t be forgotten by your guests.
#3 Lemon Verbena
Lemon verbena has a strong and intense fresh lemon aroma, with a taste that’s only slightly less intense. If you enjoy the flavor of lemon, but aren’t crazy about the citrus notes, then you’ll probably love lemon verbena. Lots of lemon flavor – not a lot of tartness. This is one herb that does dry exceptionally well. Dried lemon verbena can retain its distinct taste for up to one year. Of course, you know what we’ll say… fresh is always better for making gourmet drinks.
Try pairing fresh lemon verbena with Amoretti Premium Amaretto Syrup and gin for a really unique martini! This drink recipe brings floral and lemon notes together with a rich, though lightly sweetened, fruitiness. Add a little “simple syrup” to achieve the perfect level of sweetness. Cheers!