From Monotony to Magic: Three Herbs to Spice up your Summer Drinks

Fresh herbs are a fantastic addition to any meal, but they also make a great accompaniment to many of your favorite summer drinks. Many of us are familiar with herbs such as rosemary or mojito mint as tasty partners to summer libation. Here’s a few options you might not have considered.

#1: Pineapple Sage

We are always overjoyed to see pineapple sage come in on the trucks in late spring. Its bright, golden foliage and dizzying fruity scent is to die for. Not to mention the gorgeous lipstick red flowers that adorn these gorgeous plants in late summer.

Pineapple Sage is wonderful to experiment with. It’s subtle flavor and olfactory fireworks make it an excellent garnish for drinks such as pina coladas. But have you tried it in iced tea? Here’s a tasty recipe we found on “Fare to Remember”.

#2: Shiso

The lustrous, jagged leaves of a Shiso plant add interest to any garden. But the real value is in its citrusy, mint-like flavor. Many people grow Shiso to add to their homemade sushi or for a lovely topping with noodles.

However, as this recipe we found on marthastewart.com shows, Shiso also makes for a delectable cocktail.

#3: Basil

When most of us think basil, we think of pesto, and caprese salad and other edible summer delights. And why shouldn’t we? Given the right conditions, this prolific herb can infuse the flavor of sunshine into many a summer meal.

Lately though, we’ve been seeing basil in a new role, as an ingredient to make summer cocktails and other drinks shine. Such as this cranberry cocktail on Love and Lemons or this strawberry and basil martini from Food & Wine.

As you can see, there are endless options for herb and drink combinations. What are your favorite summer drinks with fresh herbs? We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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