5 Herb Infused Cocktails That’ll Make You Go ‘Yum!’

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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to drown yourself in a minty Mojito for the rest of your life if you need a herb-y kick to your liquor. There’s a whole world of fascinating herbs and cocktails out there that are, dare I say, exponentially better than a boring old Mojito.

Peach-Basil Julep

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Mint juleps are refreshing and easy to find in bars across the country, but hear us out on this one – how about creating a delicious peach-basil julep right at home? Using fresh peaches and the herb we’ve come to love – basil – this delish drink is a real treat.

What you’ll need:

  • 5-6 peaches
  • 6-8 basil leaves
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp basil simple syrup
  • ¾ cup peach puree
  • Basil and peach slices as garnish

Instructions:

For peach puree –

  • Add peaches into a pot of boiling water and let them boil till their skins start peeling off
  • Transfer peaches into a boil of ice water and peel off skins, then cut them into slices
  • Put 3 cups of peaches in a blender along with 1 cup of water
  • Blend until smooth, then sieve into a bowl to remove solid pieces

For basil simple syrup –

  • Boil ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water and basil leaves together and stir till sugar melts
  • Remove from heat and let the mixture cool

For the drink –

  • Put 1 cup of crushed ice, 2 tbsp basil simple syrup, ¼ cup bourbon and ¾ cup peach puree in each glass
  • Stir to combine the ingredients and serve cold

Lavender Bee’s Knees

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What an adorable name for an equally adorable drink! Apparently, the drink Bee’s Knees has been around since prohibition days and is a sweeter twist on the Gin Sour. Adding lavender to this already refreshing drink gives it the extra kick which sets it apart.

What you’ll need:

  • 60 ml gin
  • 30 ml lavender simple syrup
  • 30 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 4-5 lavender sprigs

Instructions:

For lavender simple syrup –

  • Bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a boil, till sugar dissolves
  • Take off heat and put in lavender sprigs
  • Cool for 15 minutes, then store in freezer for upto 2 weeks

For drink –

  • Pour gin and honey into a shaker and combine both by stirring
  • Pour in the rest of the ingredients
  • Add ice and shake well
  • Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lavender sprig

Pepino Picante

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It takes a certain kind of expertise to get spicy cocktails right, and with this recipe, you could get that expertise right at home. The Pepino Picante is just what you need to soothe you but wake you right up at the same time. Get stirring!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 lime quarters
  • 3 slices cucumber
  • 2 wheels jalapeno with seeds
  • 6 cilantro leaves (dhaniya)
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 15 ml simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
  • 60 ml mezcal

Instructions:

  • Squeeze one of the lime quarters into a shaker, add in the shell and other quarter as well
  • Throw in the cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno and sugar cube and muddle them gently
  • Fill the shaker with ice
  • Pour in mezcal and simple syrup and shake well
  • Strain into a glass filled with ice
  • Use a lime wheel as garnish

Blackberry Rosemary Prosecco

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Just the name seems like something I’d down 50 of. When you mix fresh fruit, a flavourful herb and a delicious white wine, you get a heady mix that can impress even the biggest drink critic friend. Whip this up, you won’t regret it!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 1 ½ cup chopped rosemary
  • ¼ cup+ 2 tbsp sugar
  • ⅔ cup water
  • Prosecco

Instructions:

For syrup –

  • Simmer all ingredients except Prosecco in a small saucepan
  • Stir occasionally till the mixture becomes thick and reduces
  • Sieve over a glass jar
  • Store the blackberry syrup in the fridge till it is chilled

For drink –

  • Spoon the syrup into champagne flutes
  • Pour in the prosecco
  • Garnish with rosemary and blackberries

Southside Fizz

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You didn’t think we’d forget you mint fans out there, did you? Although you have a variety of drinks for you out there, it doesn’t hurt to try out something you wouldn’t find at an average Indian bar. The Southside Fizz is the perfect gateway cocktail to introduce to a whole new mint cocktail world.

What you’ll need:

  • 60 ml dry gin
  • 22 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp superfine sugar
  • 8-10 mint leave
  • Chilled club soda

Instructions:

  • Put mint leaves in a shaker and gently muddle them
  • Pour in gin, lemon juice and add in sugar in the shaker and stir
  • Add ice and shake gently for 10 seconds, avoiding crushing the mint
  • Double-strain into a tall glass filled with ice
  • Top with club soda