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How to Make Herbal Cocktails
You know that the mojito requires a handful of mint, as does the famous mint julep, but there are many more ways to add the fresh taste of herbs to your drinks. Herbal cocktails are everywhere and a number of spices are perfect ingredients for drinks as well. Whether it's basil, lavender, or rosemary from your own garden, or cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans you picked up at the market, bringing herbs and spices into your bar opens up a whole new realm of flavor possibilities.
Getting those flavors into your beverages is not difficult either. Quite often, fresh herbs can simply be muddled into the drink. You will also find drink recipes that require an herbal or spice infusion into vodka, tequila, whiskey, or other distilled spirits. And, you can always add that flavor to a drink sweetener, such as simple syrup. All of these techniques are very easy and you'll be surprised at how well herbs and spices pair with other flavors, such as fruit, to create fascinating drinks.Continue to 2 of 14 below.
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- Tasting notes: Sweet basil has a complex sweet, spicy aroma with notes of clove and anise. The flavor is warm peppery and clove like with underlying mint and anise tones.
- Other basil varieties: purple basil, bush basil, lettuce basil, and “Ruffles" basil, cinnamon basil, African blue basil, Thai basil, holy basil, licorice basil, lemon basil, lime basil
- Combines well with: cinnamon, lemon, lime, mint, strawberry, tomato
Bloody Gazpacho Cocktail
- 50ml Absolut Vodka
- 4 basil leaves
- 1/2 inch of cucumber
- 100ml fresh tomato juice
- Dash balsamic vinegar
- 6 drops of Tabasco
- 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 shot fresh lemon juice
- 2 pinch minced garlic
- 2 pinch ground pepper
- 2 pinch celery salt
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Often used with other spices to flavor coffee and tea. Especially popular in Moroccan and similar cuisines, so it gives the cocktails it's used in an international flair.
- Tasting Notes: The aroma is strong but mellow, fruity, and penetrating. The taste is lemony and flowery, with notes of camphor or eucalyptus due to cineole in the essential oil; it is pungent and smoky, with a warm, bittersweet note, yet is also clean and fresh.
- Combines well with: apple, coffee, orange, pear
Pear & Cardamom Sidecar Cocktail
(Recipe Courtesy Oloroso Bar)
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- Tasting Notes: Cinnamon has a warm, agreeably sweet, woody aroma that is delicate yet intense; the taste is fragrant and warm with hints of clove and citrus.
- The presence of eugenol in the essential oil distinguishes cinnamon from cassia, giving it the note of clove.
- Could be used as a syrup (recipe for Cinnamon Simple Syrup).
- Combines well with: almond, apple, apricot, banana, chocolate, coffee, pear
Cinnamon Cocktail Recipes
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- A Nice Warm Drink
- Apple Pie Martini
- Autumn Delight
- Autumn Chai Swizzle
- Bacon Cherry Creek
- Apple Crisp Cocktail
- Children of the Corn
- Early Autumn
- Ginger Snap Martini
- Gin Toddy
- Holiday Spice
- Homecoming Caipirinha
- Hot Apple Pie
- Hot Apple Toddy
- Hot Buttered Rum
- Hot Cinn Apple Toddy
- Hot Gold Apple Cider
- Mulled Spice Cheribundi
- Mulled Pomegranate Warmer
- Peaches and Scream
- Peach Pomegranate Holiday Martini
- Pumpkin Martini
- Pumpkin Punch
- Santa's Whiskers
- Spiced Silver Bell
- Virginia's Punch (non-alcoholic)
- Warm Apple Pie
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Coriander and Cilantro Cocktails
- Tasting Notes: Leaves, roots, and unripe seeds all have the same aroma. Some people are addicted to its refreshing lemony-ginger aroma wit notes of sage; others hate it and find it soapy and disagreeable. The flavor is delicate yet complex, with a suggestion of pepper, mint, and lemon.
- Combines well with: avocado, coconut milk, cucumber, ginger, lemon, lemongrass, lime, mint
Coriander and Cilantro Cocktail Recipes
- Tasting Notes: Ripe seeds have a sweet, woody, spicy fragrance with peppery and floral notes; the taste is sweet, mellow, and warm with a clear hint of orange peel.
- Combines well with: apple, cinnamon, citrus fruit, ginger, plum
Coriander Cocktail Recipes
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- Coriandrum - with Coriander Seed Nectar
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- Tasting Notes: Very aromatic when crushed young leaves. Leaves are pleasantly pungent flavour backed by strong notes of menthol and citrus. Also slightly sweet, tangy, and spicy with a fresh cool aftertaste.
- Leaves can be used to make infusions and syrups.
- Combines well with: apple, chocolate, honey, lime, lemon, mint
Eucalyptus Cocktail RecipesContinue to 7 of 14 below.
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Ginger Root Cocktails
- Tasting Notes: Fresh ginger has a rich and warm aroma with a refreshing, woody note and sweet, citrus undertones. The flavour is hot, tangy, and has a bite.
- Rhizomes harvested young are milder and less fibrous than those harvested later in the season.
- Could be used as a syrup, or simply muddled.
- Combines well with: coconut, lemon, lemongrass, lime, mint
- Cape Samurai
- Devil's Handshake
- Eye Candy
- Ginger Julep '68 Fastback
- Ginger Mary
- Ginger Snap Martini
- Ginger Snap Punch
- Ginger Tea
- Kumquat-Ginger Caipirinha
- Mad Hatter's Tea Party
- Manhattan 101
- May Day
- Office Party
- PAMA Ginger-tini
- Red Over Heels
- Spiced Pumpkin Martini
- Stoli Alibi
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- Tasting Notes: Lavender has a penetrating, sweetly floral, and spicy aroma with lemon and mint notes; the taste echoes the aroma with undertones of camphor and a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. The flowers have the strongest fragrance, but leaves can also be used.
- Can be used as a syrup (recipe for Lavender Simple Syrup).
- Combines well with: blueberry, cherry, damson, mulberry, plum, rhubarb, strawberry
More Lavender Cocktail RecipesContinue to 9 of 14 below.
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Lemon Verbena Cocktails
- Tasting Notes: Lemon Verbena as an intense, fresh lemon aroma. The taste echoes the aroma but is less strong; it is more lemony than a lemon, but lacks the tartness. The aroma of dried leaves is retained for up to a year.
- Combines well with: apricot, coriander, lemon, lime, mint
- 12 lemon verbena leaves
- 12.5ml apricot liqueur
- 50ml Tanqueray Gin
- 12.5ml vanilla syrup
- 25ml apricot juice/puree
- 2 lemon verbena leaves for garnish
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- Tasting notes: The flavor is refreshingly tart, clean and citrus-like with peppery notes. Freeze-dried lemongrass keeps its aroma quite well, but air-dried lemon grass loses its volatile oils; grated lemon rind gives more flavor than dried lemongrass.
- Combines well with: peach, pear, and other fruits, chilies, cinnamon, coconut milk, cucumber, ginger
Lemongrass Cocktail RecipesContinue to 11 of 14 below.
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- Tasting Notes: Spearmint is mellow and refreshing, with a sweet sharp, pleasantly pungent flavour backed by hints of lemon. Peppermint has pronounced menthol notes and a fiery bite, yet is also slightly sweet, tangy, and spicy with a fresh cool aftertaste.
- There are hundreds of mint varieties, including Moroccan mint, Bowles mint, apple mint, bhocolate mint, black peppermint, mountain mint, pineapple mint, basil mint, Tashkent mint, corn mint, grapefruit mint, ginger mint, pennyroyal, lLemon mint, lime mint
- Combines well with: lime, lemon and other fruits, basil, chocolate, eucalyptus, ginger, pepper
- Popular cocktails using mint: Mojito, Mint Julep
Koala Mojito Cocktail
Garnish: with eucalyptus leaves
- 8 mint leaves
- 25ml eucalyptus syrup
- 25ml lime juice
- 50ml Mount Gay Rum
- Splash of soda
- Eucalyptus leaves for garnish
Muddle the leaves with the syrup add the lime juice in a collins glass. Stir, add the rum and crushed ice. Stir again and add a splash of soda.
More Mint Cocktail Recipes
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- 56 Julep
- Madison Avenue
- Brandy Smash
- Christmas Clementine Crush
- Cucumber Mint Margarita
- El Vocho (shooter)
- Eye Candy
- French Pearl
- French Quarter Smash
- Ginger Tea
- Good Luck Charm
- Green Gin Giant
- Holiday Pomegranate Mojito (non-alcoholic)
- Independence Day Mojito
- Kentucky Derby Mint Julep
- Kiwi Mango Mint
- Maçã e Hortelã
- Madison Avenue
- Maker's In The Market Julep
- Manhattan 101
- Organic Sensation
- Pineapple Mojito
- Pot of Gold
- Raspberry Mojito
- Revolutionary Rum
- Rosy Rum Cosmo
- Royal Smash
- Shiso Mojito
- Sparkling Shamrock
- Star Eyed Julep
- Sundowner (non-alcoholic)
- Sweaty Hipster
- Tully 10 Cider
- Whiskey Smash
- White Peach Julep
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- Tasting Notes: Strongly aromatic, warm and peppery, resinous and slightly bitter, with notes of pine and camphor. Nutmeg and camphor are present in the taste; the aftertaste is woody, balsamic, and astringent. The flavor dissipates after leaves are cut. Flowers have a milder flavor than leaves.
- Combines well with: apricot, orange, tomato
- Can be used as a syrup or just muddling the leaves.
Gasper Love’s Rosemary Cocktail
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- Tasting Notes: The leaves are sweetly aromatic, with hints of pine, anise, or liquorice; the flavour is strong yet subtle, with spicy anise and basil notes and a sweetish aftertaste.
- A syrup can be made from tarragon, or the herb can be muddled.
- Combines well with: basil, chocolate, citrus fruit, tomato juice
Tarragon Cocktail RecipesContinue to 14 of 14 below.
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Vanilla Bean Cocktails
- Tasting Notes: Fresh vanilla pods have no aroma or taste. After fermentation, they develop a rich, mellow, intensely perfumed aroma with hints of liquorice or tobacco matched by a delicate, sweetly fruity or creamy flavour. There may also be hints of raisin or prune, or smoky, spicy notes.
- Could be used as a syrup (recipe for Vanilla Simple Syrup).
- Combines well with: apple, melon, peach, rhubarb, strawberry
Vanilla Bean Cocktail Recipes