Medicinal herb cocktails and liqueurs: a complete guide
Medicinal herbs, such as sage, thyme, rosemary and mint, have always been used to flavor drinks,
giving them a touch of freshness and originality. In this article, we will guide you in discovering the most famous medicinal herb cocktails and liqueurs,
explaining how to prepare them and what ingredients to use.
1. Mint for Mojito
Mojito is a cool and refreshing cocktail, perfect for hot summer days.
To prepare it, you will need:
Two teaspoons of brown sugar
Lime juice
Fresh mint leaves
White rum
To start, place the brown sugars and lime juice in a tall tumbler.
Gently stir until the sugar has dissolved.
Add the mint leaves and press them lightly with a pestle to release the essential oils.
Add the white rum and ice, then top off with a splash of soda.
Stir gently and enjoy your refreshing mint Mojito.
2. Vodka and Basil on the Rocks
The combination of vodka and basil creates a cocktail with a unique and surprising flavor.
To prepare it, you will need:
Half a lemon
Fresh basil leaves
Start by squeezing the juice from half a lemon and strain it to remove any seeds. Finely chop the basil leaves.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the lemon juice, basil leaves and vodka.
Shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds,
then pour the cocktail into an old fashioned glass filled with ice.
Top off with some soda and enjoy your Vodka and Basil on the Rocks.
3. Thyme Daiquiri
Thyme Daiquiri is a sophisticated cocktail that combines the unique flavor of thyme with the fresh taste of lime and the strong character of rum.
To prepare it, you will need:
Sprig of fresh thyme
Strained lime juice
Superfine sugar
Strega type liqueur
White rum
Start by lightly pounding a sprig of fresh thyme and add it to the shaker along with the strained lime juice, superfine sugar,
with Strega-type liqueur, white rum and limoncello.
Add quite a few ice cubes and shake well.
Pour the cocktail into a goblet, filtering with a sieve to remove any thyme residue.
Enjoy your Thyme Daiquiri, a one-of-a-kind explosion of flavours.
4. Rosemary liqueur
Rosemary liqueur is an aromatic and refined drink, perfect to be enjoyed after a meal. To prepare it, you will need:
Neutral alcohol at 95°
White wine
Rosemary leaves
Lemon peel
Start by macerating the rosemary leaves and lemon zest (only the yellow part) with neutral alcohol in an airtight jar for 6 days,
shaking once a day. After 6 days, filter the liqueur and add the white wine. Let it rest for another 2 days.
Make a syrup by boiling water and sugar for 10 minutes, then let it cool.
Combine the syrup with the alcohol and let it rest for 3 days. Filter the liqueur again and pour it into a bottle.
Your rosemary liqueur is ready to be enjoyed.
5. Mint cream
Cream of mint is a sweet and aromatic liqueur, perfect to be enjoyed on its own or as an ingredient in cocktails. To prepare it, you will need:
Mint leaves
Start by steeping mint leaves in alcohol for 5 days. After the 5 days, boil the milk with sugar, then let it cool.
Combine the filtered alcohol with the sweetened milk and mix well.
Put the mint cream in the freezer and let it cool. Serve cold and enjoy your delicious mint cream.
6. Sage liqueur
Sage liqueur is an unusual but fascinating option for cocktail lovers. To prepare it, you will need:
Alcohol at 95°
Sage leaves
Start by placing the sage leaves in a jar with 95° alcohol, close hermetically and let it rest in the dark for 10 days.
After the 10 days, make a syrup by boiling water and sugar for 10 minutes. Let the syrup cool,
then combine it with alcohol. Let it rest for 3 days. Filter the sage liqueur and pour it into a bottle.
Your sage liqueur is ready to be enjoyed.
Medicinal herb cocktails and liqueurs offer a unique and refined taste experience.
Experiment with the different herbs and discover your favorite cocktail.
Always remember to drink responsibly and enjoy these delicious drinks in the company of friends and family. Cheers!