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Try Christmas Herbs And Spices For More Festive Cocktails

By: Shireen Jamooji

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As we launch into the holiday season, it’s the time for all things to be merry and bright…and enjoyed with a cocktail in hand. But Christmas cheer needs to come with Christmas flavours, and this year they don’t just need to be limited to the inner table, you can bring them into your bar too. And we’re not talking about the typical candy cane, peppermint numbers, we’re talking about those lesser-used, underappreciated stalwarts. Herbs. 

Using Herbs In Cocktails

Sure there are plenty of places where mint shows up on a cocktail menu, but the world of herbs has so much to offer. From woody rosemary to the sharp tang of thyme, there are a lot of ways you can incorporate these familiar flavours into your drinks. 

Incorporating these flavours into your beverages is pretty straightforward. Usually, you can effortlessly muddle fresh herbs directly into the drink. Certain drink recipes may call for an infusion into vodka, tequila, whiskey, or other distilled spirits. Additionally, you have the option to infuse flavour into a sweetener, such as simple syrup or if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can smoke your cocktails to infuse them with herby goodness. These methods are all uncomplicated, and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the harmonious pairing of herbs and spices with other flavours, resulting in intriguing and delightful drinks.

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5 Christmas Herbs And Spices For Your Cocktails

Rosemary

A fragrant and versatile herb, rosemary adds a subtle pine-like aroma to your drinks. Incorporate a sprig of fresh rosemary into a classic gin and tonic, or infuse it into simple syrup for a hint of herbal sweetness. The herb's earthy notes complement a variety of spirits, making it an excellent choice for a sophisticated Christmas cocktail.

Thyme

Known for its warm and woody undertones, thyme is a herb that pairs exceptionally well with winter flavours. Create a thyme-infused honey syrup to add depth to your bourbon-based cocktails, or muddle fresh thyme with berries for a festive twist on a classic mojito. Thyme effortlessly bridges the gap between savoury and sweet, making it a versatile option for your holiday libations.

Sage

With its robust and savoury profile, sage is an herb that can bring a touch of culinary elegance to your Christmas cocktails. Create a sage-infused simple syrup to enhance the flavour of your apple or pear-based drinks. Sage also pairs exceptionally well with dark spirits, offering a sophisticated edge to your winter sips.

Cinnamon

A quintessential Christmas spice, cinnamon adds warmth and depth to your cocktails. Create a cinnamon-infused simple syrup to elevate your rum or whiskey-based drinks. Garnish your creations with a cinnamon stick for a festive touch that not only enhances the aroma but also adds a visually appealing element to your glass.

Allspice

The secret weapon behind the rich and decadent Christmas cake flavour can also add a zing to your cocktails. Infuse a few pinches into a sugar syrup and let it sit for a week in a cool spot and you’ll have a sweet and spicy liquid to amp up your cocktails effortlessly.