Shiso is one of my favorite herbs to grow, and this year my garden is overflowing with it. Also known as perilla leaves, their flavor is similar to a basil-mint combination … very fresh and light. I grew the purple variety this year, but there’s also a green one. Both taste great in cocktails. Here are a few to try!
Shiso Mojito ~ An herb that tastes like a cross between basil and mint? Mojito is the first thing that comes to mind!
Spicy Shiso Smash ~ Shiso muddled with spicy Thai red chile and slices of cucumber are the perfect complement to rum and lime in this summer cocktail.
Shiso Unusual ~ This play on the Mint Julep is made with rye and cognac with two kinds of bitters for a deep and (yes) unusual drink.
Shiso-Jito Recipe ~ Candied ginger and citrus vodka are a fun way to highlight shiso’s fresh flavor.
Shiso Martinis ~ Infusing vodka with shiso leaves gives you a whole new, exciting spirit to work with.