5 Herbs to Have on Hand for Cocktails
We love our spirits, liqueurs, fruit juices, cocktail mixes, and premium syrups, but there’s one other category of beverage ingredients that we like to have readily available: fresh herbs. Fresh herbs can make a world of difference in your cocktail experience. Here are some of our favorites, along with tips for using them…
5 Herbs for Gourmet Drink Recipes
If there’s any one herb you should have on hand at your home bar, it’s mint. Mint pairs with virtually any spirit. Vodka and other clear spirits are an obvious choice, but mint and bourbon have a long tradition together, as well. The bottom line: mint can be used for a lot more than the Mojito. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to grow yourself. Give it at try! No mint on hand? Try our Premium Mojito Mint Syrup.
Rosemary is one of our favorite beverage ingredients (and baking ingredients, for that matter). It has a delicious and unmistakable savory flavor that’s hard to beat. Pair it with tart fruits, vodka, or sparkling wine to get an intense flavor not available in your average well drink.
Okay, so you though basil, mozzarella, tomatoes, and olive oil was as good as it could get? Think again. Basil is an incredible addition to any home bar. You won’t see too many drink recipes that call for basil, but don’t let that dissuade you from trying them. One of the most obvious uses is to create a gazpacho/Bloody Mary drink recipe that’s loaded with basil. If you want to get a little more adventurous, try mixing basil with cranberry juice, vodka, and lime.
Sage is another favorite herb of ours that usually makes us think of spring beginnings. It has a warm and woody flavor that brings a lot to any dish or cocktail. Try adding it to gin and orange juice, sweetened with honey for some tasty results. Sage is another easy-to-grow herb that you might want to consider raising and harvesting yourself.
Cilantro in a cocktail? You bet. This is another one that we like to pair with gin. Gin is such an herbal, flowery liquor, but it lacks the “herbal bite” that cilantro brings to the table. Of course, you can also muddle cilantro in tequila, add a dash of hot sauce, and enjoy an herbal shooter!
Well, those are five of our favorite cocktail herbs. What are your favorites? Share with us on our Facebook page!