Posted by Nicole on March 18, 2014
the right cocktail is all about playing to the strengths of your ingredients.
Every aspect of the drink should be, in some part, built on the foundation of
what you put into it. With a little luck and the right measurements, it's easy
to make a drink that both tastes great and leaves you feeling all the better
for having enjoyed it. When you add herbal ingredients into the picture, you
can even get a cocktail that could have surprising benefits.
An American classic of bourbon mixed with sugar and mint leaves over crushed
ice. The Mint Julep was actually responsible for the modern invention of the
straw; its inventory wanted a way to drink it without warming the glass with
his hand, or using the popular solution of a wheat straw. He instead came up
with a taxed paper tube, which eventually became the plastic device we're all
familiar with today.
Mint's got a lot going for it; aside
from freshening your breath, mint's good for soothing indigestion. It can also help to relieve nausea. The fresh oil of a crushed
mint leaf may be a good way to stay as frosty as your drink.
Take gin, add cilantro, cucumber slices, lime juice, and if you're feeling
adventurous, chilies. Simple syrup is a must. This cool and spicy drink is an
eye-opener on a hot day, and the addition of cilantro can make it a very unique
experience for yourself or your guests. The name “Kachumber” actually refers to
an Indian salad made of similar ingredients, but we've left the tomato and
onion out of the equation.
a popular herb, always best when served fresh. It can also help to cleanse
toxic metals, believe it or not. The chemicals inside of the plant naturally
bind to toxic substances and help to get them off the flesh, making this a
cleansing drink for the body and the spirit.
charming alternative to the usual brunch beverage of a Bloody Mary, a Rosemary
Gin Fizz is a spin on the herb-less variety that adds more aromatics into the
mix for a refreshing experience during your mid-day meal. Gin fizzes can be
made with sloe gin as well, which gets its name from the sloe drupes, a
plum-like fruit which is included in the liquor's recipe.
- The Herb
improve your digestion, and has a lot of antioxidants in it, making it a
natural candidate for a drink to have for your recovery brunch. Some
researchers have also suggested that it can help to improve your cognitive
functions if ingested regularly, but we'd recommend looking into a supplement
as opposed to the gin fizz method of delivery. A chemical found in rosemary,
carnosic acid, can even help to promote healthier eyes which is good news because you'll need your vision to
know when to order another.