Cocktails are interesting when they are made with interesting ingredients. Herbs typically aren’t used in most cocktails unless you consider using some chili powder for a bloody mary or salt on the rim for a margarita.
I am featuring 3 different herbs you might know (or not) that aren’t typically tied to cocktails: Dill, Lemon Verbena (also known as Luisa) and Mint!
I am sharing cocktail recipes that use herbs in their recipes.
While it’s preferable to have fresh herbs, you might not have a garden or able to find specific herbs in your local store or it might be that the price tag on fresh herbs doesn’t fit your budget. In a pinch, you could try Pereg dried herbs. Dry herbs used dry won’t give you the flavor punch for these cocktails. You might need to soak them in some of the spirit and mixes that are listed in these recipes– think of them as an infusion into the spirits and maybe the mixes too.
DILL— the herb associated with pickles!
The first herb is dill — not often found in cocktails but you would know them if you like pickles or if you make potato salad and add dill into the mix. I am pulling content from a variety of websites and I will be featuring the website I sourced in a link that mentions their name.
While I love playing amateur mixologist, I am not as skilled as these writers/owners of the various sites- which is why I am featuring their site and their cocktails.
Cucumber Dill Paloma
Recipe and Photo Courtesy of The Cocktail Novice!
Combining the slightly sweet, acidic grapefruit soda with muddled cucumber and the pungent dill is sure to please.
Developed by Raul Yrastorz at LA’s Las Perlas hotel, you’ll be hooked right away.
2 oz. Blanco tequila
3/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 bottle grapefruit soda, like Jarritos
1 fresh dill sprig
2 cucumber wheels
Muddle the Cucumber Wheels and Dill in a Cocktail Shaker
Add Tequila, Lime Juice and Ice
Strain Into an Ice-Filled Collins Glass
Top with Soda & Sprinkle With a Pinch of Salt
Garnish with a Long Dill Sprig and a Cucumber Wheel on the Glass Rim
Dill + Cucumber Gin Fizz
This cocktail is courtesy of ThisRenegadeLove.com and Lauren McPhillips- the creative genius behind the site.
The recipe and photos are courtesy of her and her site.
2 oz. gin
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
3 oz. club soda or sparkling water
4 round cucumber slices (save one for garnish)
In a short glass, add 3 slices of cucumber, gin, lime juice and a few sprigs of dill (removed from the stem).
Muddle until the cucumber starts to break up.
Add ice and top with club soda or sparkling water.
Garnish with a sprig of dill and a cucumber wedge and serve.
*Note: If you like your drinks a little sweeter, add a squirt of agave nectar.\
The Ultimat Dill Cocktail
Dill and cucumber add a savory note to this vodka-lime cocktail.
This cocktail recipe and the accompanying photo are courtesy of Liquor.com
2 Cucumber slices
1 Dill sprig
1 oz Lime juice
2 oz Ultimat vodka
1⁄2 oz Agave nectar
1 Cucumber slice
If you can’t find fresh herbs, you should turn to a quality herb vendor like Pereg!
Meet the Herbal Trio That’s Refreshing for Summer, Flavorful for Fall: Luisa (Lemon Verbena), Mint, and Dill from Pereg Natural Foods.
Pereg was established in 1906, and is based in Clifton, NJ. They first became known for their vast variety of pure and natural spices and spice blends, more than 60 in all, from traditional favorites to exotics from around the culinary world.
Today Pereg produces an array of all-natural products that includes ancient grains and ancient grain blends, gluten-free pasta, couscous, rice, gluten-free cereal and much more. Pereg Natural Foods products are available at sele
ct retailers throughout the US and Canada, and on their website, www.pereg-gourmet.com.
Pereg manufactures all its products from start to finish, controlling the quality from the sourcing until the product is packed and ready for the consumer. All Pereg products are kosher certified by both the Orthodox Union (OU) and CRC, are dairy and lactose-free as well as all natural, with no additives or preservatives. Many products are also certified gluten-free and non-GMO.
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