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.
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.
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
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
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.