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Aromatic herbs and spices in cocktails

by Alchemiq Team
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Have you ever been to a party and enjoyed a cocktail with some highly pleasurable flavor? You likely savored the power of aromatic herbs and spices in cocktails. The right spices and herbs can be a game changers in a recipe creation of a cocktail.

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Many people can only think of mint for flavoring their cocktails due to its influence on mojitos and mint juleps. It’s going to be interesting to find out that there are quite a few other aromatic herbs and spices that you can employ in your cocktail composition, right? Here are some you will quite enjoy.

  • Basil
  • Cardamom
  • Coriander Seeds
  • Ginger Root
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Rosemary
  • Vanilla Bean

1. Basil

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This one takes a notable spot among the aromatic herbs for spicing up your cocktail. It gives your cocktail a complex taste consisting of spicy, sweet, and minty feels. You can combine the herb with lemon, ginger, lychee, or even tomato. If you plan a party you should ask your catering company what basil cocktails they are able to provide.

2. Cardamom

Another strong aroma for your cocktail. Cardamom tastes sweet, fruity, and spicy. It is a very versatile spice that you can combine with apples, pears, oranges, or coffee.

3. Coriander seeds

The great thing about coriander is that you can use its leaves and seeds! Coriander has a very distinctive flavor. You can combine coriander seeds with citruses, apples, ginger, coconut milk, or cucumber.

4. Ginger Root

You can easily find ginger in many forms – the root, tinctures, syrups, and liqueurs. You can use it either fresh or candied. It has a bright sweet aroma with a full-bodied taste. You can combine it with coconut, lime, mint, basil, and lemon.

5. Lavender

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Lavender has a spicy and floral aroma with traces of lemon but it tastes a little bitter in the aftertaste. You can combine lavender with some berries, plums, or honey.  It has a beautiful look, so you can use it to decorate your cocktail. This is a little secret known by most NYC caterers.

6. Lemon Verbena

If you’d like an herb that goes better with citrus, ginger, or even some vegetables, lemon verbena is your answer. It has a soft lemony and somewhat creamy taste that leaves your mouth with a little tingling sensation.

7. Rosemary

Rosemary is fantastic for cocktails! Its aromas are earthy and sweet with a slight bitterness. Rosemary can be muddled in a cocktail or cooked with simple syrup for a beautiful rosemary syrup.

8. Vanilla Bean

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Did you know that fresh vanilla is not sweet? It is pretty much tasteless. To get that deep, sweet, and creamy flavor, vanilla beans need fermentation. Vanilla is the most popular one on the list, and it goes well with fruits like peaches, strawberries, apples, coconuts, and so on. Vanilla beans can be used in syrup or independently.

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