Sweet honey, rum, lemon and thyme are combined in this Champagne cocktail.

Sweet honey, rum, lemon and thyme are combined in this Champagne cocktail. (Photo/Courtesy Alba Huerta)

Weekend Cocktail: savory herb-infused cocktails

Fragrant thyme and lush green cilantro don’t seem quite at home on a cocktail menu quite like, say, mango or pineapple, but infusing spirits with fresh herbs is just one of the most interesting trends to take the world of couture cocktails by storm.

And that goes for Latin cocktails too; think tequila paired with the herbaceous bite of cilantro or verdant thyme layered with Cointreau – both ideas that are exciting and unexpected.

Mixologist Ronaldo Colli – based at the Ivy Room near San Francisco in California – says that’s exactly why the use of herbs in cocktails is so exciting right now. The use of a spirit like tequila is expected; the addition of lemony thyme is less so. In fact, Colli’s favorite cocktail, the Kama Sutra, is named for its sultry appeal and depth of flavors thanks to fresh thyme and grapefruit, both of which compliment the deep, earthy notes of mezcal and gold tequila. We’re offering his recipe for the Kama Sutra here, as well as three other herb-infused cocktails worth mixing up this weekend.

Kama Sutra

Try a refreshing take on mezcal, with a cocktail recipe that incorporates fresh herbs.

Try a refreshing take on mezcal, with a cocktail recipe that incorporates fresh herbs. (Photo/Courtesy Ronaldo Colli)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz Partida Reposado Tequila

3/4 oz Green Chartreuse Liqueur

1/2 oz Benesin Mezcal

1 Thyme branch (garnish)

1 Grapefruit peel (garnish)

Preparation: In a pint glass add all the ingredients then stir, add ice and stir for second time. Strain into a chilled bucket glass and garnish with a thyme branch rolled with a grapefruit peel.

Turtle Blues

Sweet honey, rum, lemon and thyme are combined in this Champagne cocktail.

Sweet honey, rum, lemon and thyme are combined in this Champagne cocktail. (Photo/Courtesy Alba Huerta)

Champagne, rum, lemon juice and fragrant thyme are layered for a cocktail that is light yet refreshing and perfect for the warm summer months. Click here for the recipe.

Thyme to Enjoy

MIxologist Antonio Gonzales has created a cocktail that reflects his Mexican-American heritage.

Mixologist Antonio Gonzales has created a cocktail that reflects his Mexican-American heritage. (Photo/Courtesy Antonio Gonzales)

Cucumber and grapefruit zest is muddled with silver tequila and a splash of Cointreau for a cocktail that is crisp and refreshing. Click here for the recipe.

Picante de la Casa 

Think beyond the ho-hum margarita with this innovative, spicy tequila cocktail infused with fresh cilantro.

Think beyond the ho-hum margarita with this innovative, spicy tequila cocktail infused with fresh cilantro. (Photo/Courtesy Chris Ojeda for Soho House)

Cilantro in a cocktail? Why not? Save some of the herb from your sofrito and use it in this tequila cocktail that’s blended with lime juice, agave nectar and a bit of fresno chili pepper. Click here for the recipe.

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