The craft of the cocktail is founded upon fresh thinking. For nearly 200 years, the experimentation efforts of countless bartenders, has driven this art form forward. What you pour your cocktail over is now becoming just as important as the drink itself. By blending the ancient world of botanical medicine with that of the modern bartending blends, the art of herbal mixology is the powerhouse of the bar scene.
A skilled mixologist balances elements of sweet, bitter, sour and spicy, just like how an artist uses complementary colors to create a visual composition. While most people have to rely on the guide of a bartender for this role, a true drink mixologist understands their own drinks and knows what to create to make the items from behind the bar come to life.
These days, bartenders are borrowing from the kitchen – not just in technique, but in ingredients. High on their lists are cucumbers, cilantro, fresh fruits, basil, green pepper and even jalapeno.
Because of its colorless and flavorless properties, vodka is a common base for the mixology expert. By adding herbs like mint, basil, rosemary, cilantro and even dill, fresh garden herbs can make for wonderful addition to your favorite summer cocktail. Here are two summertime drink recipes any mixologist would be proud to serve at their next party:
1 cup fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
½ cup sugar
2 cups Lust-Vodka
When the temperatures heat up and you are looking to keep cool, this is the drink for you. It’s light and fresh and combines fresh sliced cucumbers, mint leaves, and lemon…mmm.
1 cup sugar
12 sprigs rosemary
3 cups ruby-red grapefruit juice
1 ½ cups Lust-Vodka
¾ teaspoon bitters