Herbal Remedy

Adding a savory twist to your favorite cocktails


They're calling to you, those bundles of herbs on the farmer's market tables, and those sprigs springing up from pots at the store. Roast something with me, they're saying. Turn me into an aromatic, autumnal wonder, a Thanksgiving feast, a meal so fresh, so slow-cooked, so devoid of jarred or dried spices that your friends and loved ones will marvel at your patience and skill.

We say buy those herbs, then do them one better: Put them in a cocktail. Whether it's basil, thyme, or even coriander that's got your eye (and ear), we've got four recipes that will make their flavors sing.
Raspberry-Thyme Bramble

2-3 Thyme sprigs
12 Raspberries
2 Lemon wheels
1 Tbs simple syrup
2 oz Gin
Club soda

Trim the stems off of the thyme leaves, and place two in the bottom of a Collins glass. Add berries, lemon, and simple syrup. Muddle lightly.
Fill the glass half-way with cracked ice, then add the gin. Stir. Top with club soda. Garnish with the remaining thyme sprig.

Coriander Mule

2 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Lime juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
8 Coriander leaves
1 splash ginger beer
Dash of orange or grapefruit bitters

Combine all ingredients in a highball glass, stir, then fill glass with crushed ice. Top with a splash of ginger beer, then stir to combine.

Sage, Elderflower & Cucumber White Sangria
Adapted from Brian McGrory, Public

3 oz Sauvignon Blanc
1 oz Vodka
1 oz Triple Sec
1 dash Lime juice
1 dash St-Germain
1 dash White Cranberry Juice
1 Sage Leaf
1 teaspoon diced cucumber

Combine all liquid ingredients in a mixing glass, stir and pour into a Collins glass half-filled with cracked ice. Stir in cucumber pieces and  sage leaf.

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  • Makes sense to anyone who has ever tried zubrovka, a Polish vodka flavored with buffalo grass - very herbal indeed!

    Sep 11, 2010 at 2:49 PM

  • how come every beertender under the sun thinks they can make 'sangria' by adding fruit juice to wine. Seriously: Sangria is not that unless it also has some sort of brandy involved...

    Sep 11, 2010 at 8:02 PM

  • Snooth User: jbm1214
    367511 1

    Does "12 raspberries" seem excessive?

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:26 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 238,748

    Love Zubrovka, used to have a freind bring a bottle back from Poland every so often before it became readily available here.

    jbm - Depends on how big your raspberries are!

    Sep 17, 2010 at 10:43 AM

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