1.8 min readBy Published On: May 24th, 2013Categories: Lifestyle, Style and Shopping0 Comments on Herb-alicious cocktails

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Social Wines

Social Wines (52 West Broadway) is setting up a community cocktail herb garden this weekend with South Boston Grows.org  The herbs will be complimentary to customers with a suggested donation of a dollar or two for www.southbostongrows.org  The experts at Social Wines have two amazing cocktail recipes that you can make with your fresh herbs.  Nice!



Thai Basil Ginger Margarita
3 Basil leaves (Thai Basil works best or Italian or purple basil)
1 Ounce Ginger simple syrup
1 1/2 Ounces Blanco Tequila (100% agave)
1 1/2 Ounces Cointreau
1 1/2 Ounces of Fresh Lime Juice

Muddle basil leaves in a shaker glass, add the Ginger Simple syrup, Tequila, Cointreau and Fresh Lime Juice. Add ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice, garnish with fresh basil from the top of the plant and or crystalized ginger.

Ginger Simple Syrup
1 Cup Sugar
8 Ounces of boiling water
10 Slices of peeled fresh ginger or 2 T of fresh grated ginger.
Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to marinate. Strain into a container and refrigerate unused portion. This syrup has multiple uses, add it to seltzer water, cucumber martinis or iced tea.

Pineapple Sage Anise Martini
3 Fresh Pineapple Sage leaves
4 Ounces Old Ipswich White Cap Rum
2 Ounces fresh lemon juice
1 Ounce Anise simple syrup
1 Egg white (do not fear the egg white)

Muddle the Sage leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add Old Ipswich White Cap Rum, fresh lemon juice, egg white and fill with ice. Shake vigorously. Then shake vigorously some more. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a fresh sage leaf floating on top.

Anise Simple Syrup
6 Star Anise Pods
1 Cup sugar
8 Ounces boiling water
Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan until the sugar dissolves. Cool, pour into a container. Keep refrigerated.

When using egg whites I like to wash the eggs: fill a large pot with water add 1/2 a capful of bleach and stir. Gentley place the eggs in the water and bleach mixture for 30 seconds remove and dry off and leave them in the fridge. Local fresh farm eggs work best.