Adding herbs and spices to a cocktail can elevate any spirit and add a layer of freshness to your drink. Mixing herbs and spices can enhance flavor profiles and are the perfect counterpart for just about any liquor. What’s better than simply adding herbs and spices to your drinks? Infusing those spices with wood-fired smoke. We’ve got the guide to help you achieve ridiculous depth of flavor with your smokin’ cocktail infusions.
MINT: adds aroma to the drink through the oils and freshness of the herb itself especially with sweet and bitter based cocktails.
- Perfect Pairing: any summery, fruity, or light and refreshing drinks.
CORIANDER/CILANTRO: gives your drinks an earthy, potent strong flavor
- Perfect Pairing: tropical and summery, fruity flavored drinks.
ROSEMARY: aromatic, piney flavor
- Perfect Pairing: gin, sweet and acidic based (lemon, lime, orange, cranberry, tomato, apple) cocktails and winter drinks.
SAGE: pungent flavor profile with sharp, aromatic potency and piney tones
- Perfect Pairing: winter cocktails, sweet or acidic flavors (pineapple, apple, citrus).
DILL: aromatic pungent herb flavor, extremely distinctive.
- Perfect Pairing: cocktails that allow flavor to take over, such as savory light martinis
TARRAGON: subtle herbal notes, lightly flavored, anise-like flavor
- Perfect Pairing: citrus flavors, strawberry, and tomato. For a more prominent flavor, pair with subtle flavored spirits such as gin and vodka.
THYME: mild flavor
- Perfect Pairing: fruit flavors to create warm weather refreshers. Use with gin and vodka.
BASIL: strong depth of flavor
- Perfect Pairing: lighter spirits like gin and vodka with lemon, lime, mint, and cinnamon.
CARDAMOM: woody, lemony, piney and fresh earthy flavors
- Perfect Pairing: dry spirits such as gin with citrus flavors, coconut, and pear.
BLACK PEPPER: bold and strong flavor
- Perfect Pairing: mulled wine.
- Perfect Pairing: wintery, holiday drinks, bourbon-based cocktails, ciders and dark spirits
GINGER: spicy, semi-sweet
- Perfect Pairing: whiskey, rum, citrus and vodka.
CLOVES: intense, warm, spicy aroma and flavor
- Perfect Pairing: warm fall drinks, orange, lemon.
INFUSION HOW TO: gently extract the oils from the leaves without bashing or tearing until you begin to smell the oils being released. When heating the grill, you don’t need to muddle. The heat from the grill will begin to release the oils. Use simple syrup when muddling so it can absorb the oils when being muddled or heated. Use a flat muddle and remember, gently is the key. Cheers.
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