Shiso Cocktails

Shiso cocktail

Shiso Unusual from Liquor.com

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.

Gin Cucumber Basil Smash

Gin Cucumber Basil Smash

The Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber Basil Smash

Summer has announced itself very loudly around these parts. While I’m not into the heat, I am into summer cocktails. My cucumber plant is already producing. Time for a cucumber cocktail!

Gin Cucumber Basil Smash
Created by Hendrick’s National Brand Ambassador, Jim Ryan

1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
One small bunch of basil (3-5 leaves)
3-5 cucumber wheels

In a mixing glass, muddle basil, cucumber and simple syrup. Add gin, lemon juice and ice. Shake well and fine strain into an iced double rocks glass. Garnish with a bunch of basil and a cucumber wheel.

Hendrick’s Gin sent me this delicious recipe. I don’t share brand recipes often … but when I do, it’s because I like them!

I wasn’t provided with any product or compensation for posting

Sage Cocktails

Hibernating Honey Bear from In Sock Monkey Slippers

Hibernating Honey Bear from In Sock Monkey Slippers

I have a giant sage bush in my backyard that I completely ignore. It just gets bigger and happier every year, so I’m looking for new ways to use sage. The savory herb isn’t common in cocktails, but it adds a lovely and unique flavor. If you want to give sage a chance, here are some drinks to try.

Wilderness Prophet ~ Sage, gin, Green Chartreuse, Meyer lemon and chamomile combine for maximum effect in this seasonal cocktail.

The Hibernating Honey Bear ~ Bourbon, honey and sage make for an earthy drink with a hint of sweetness.

Euphoria ~ Elderflower and sage are a delightful match. Add in some gin, and you have a party.

Sage Sucker ~ Sage and honey team up again, with lemon vodka adding the kick this time.

Sage, Elderflower & Cucumber White Sangria ~ Elderflower makes another appearance, with cucumber and white wine adding to the Spring fun.

Time for Thyme Cocktails

Honey Thyme Bourbon Cocktail from Lynsey Loves Food

Honey Thyme Bourbon Cocktail from Lynsey Loves Food

When it comes to cocktails, mint is the king of the herbs. (And basil seems to be the queen?) But most other herbs are also fantastic in drinks! Thyme is a go-to herb for cooking, but it adds a surprising savory freshness to cocktails, too. Here are a few cocktail recipes that show off what thyme can do.

Meyer Lemon Gin Cocktail ~ Thyme and Green Chartreuse give the tested combination of Meyer lemon and gin an exciting new dimension.

Pear Thyme Gin Fizz ~ Savory time with sweet, crisp pear pairs well with gin in this cocktail, but you could sub in vodka if that’s more your style.

Honey Thyme Bourbon Cocktail ~ This line-up of ingredients just screams out “winter drinking” to me. If I had a fireplace, I’d be sipping this by the fire right now.

Precious Thyme ~ Add thyme to Campari, limoncello, sweet vermouth and a little club soda, and you get a lovely highball that doesn’t go too heavy on the booze. It’s a great way to use homemade limoncello!

Limoncello Gin Cocktail With Grilled Thyme ~ Another great drink to use DIY limoncello in … Grilling the thyme coaxes out more of the flavor. This recipe calls for grilling it outside, but I think you could easily accomplish this by some indoor cooking.

Tea Cocktails

Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktail from Joy the Baker

Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktail from Joy the Baker

Tea has deep and complex herbal flavors that will mix up your cocktail mixing routine. Whether hot or cold, tea cocktails are where it’s at, man! Here are a few to try.

High-Tea Cocktail ~ Black tea, cardamom, and ginger accent the botanicals in the gin. Sweet vermouth and orange bitters elevate the drink into fancy-pants territory.

Maple Bourbon Chai Tea Toddy ~ This creamy, spiced cocktail calls for maple bourbon, but you can just as easily use plain old bourbon and maple syrup.

Green Tea and Ginger Cocktail ~ Gin and tea are BFFs! In this case, green tea is a good accompaniment to ginger liqueur and a break from the usual black tea.

Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktail ~ While the bourbon is southern, this sweet tea isn’t. Agave syrup, orange, and mint make the sweet tea for this specialty cocktail.

Hot Rum Tea ~ If you need something to warm you up, this tipple is up for the job!