F&W Free Preview All You Coastal Living Cooking Light Food and Wine tab Health myRecipes Southern Living Sunset
My F&W
quick save (...)

Big Chills

Do basil, bay leaves and cardamom belong in your glass? Yes, these three recipes prove.
On a brief trip to India this year, I was taken with the local drinks. For such a sweltering country, cold drinks were oddly hard to come by--but unusual spices and herbs made the warm ones delicious and invigorating. I loved chai, the milky tea flavored with cardamom, cinnamon and coriander. Back home in Connecticut, I thought about cooling drinks with ice in them. Why not mix in spices, herbs or fruit? To a sugar-syrup base I added basil, mint, cilantro, lemon and soda (plus sometimes vodka). A concoction of blueberries and black plums fragrant with bay leaf has become my new Kir Royal. Or should I call it Kir Connecticut? 
Published June 2001
You Might Also Like

Comments

Add A Comment

    Add a Comment

    See our terms
    You must be logged in to comment. or
    advertisement
    The Dish
    Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
    The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
    F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.
    American Express Publishing ("AEP") may use your email address to send you account updates and offers that may interest you. To learn more about the ways we may use your email address and about your privacy choices, read the AEP Privacy Statement.
    How we use your email address
    advertisement
    Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

    Run with chefs and wine experts in the Celebrity Chef 5K and dance all night at Gail Simmons’ Last Bite Dessert Party during the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 20-22.