The combination of fresh basil, cilantro, mint and tarragon makes an unusually refreshing drink. Cocktail Party Recipes

Marcia Kiesel
June 2001

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Credit: © Dana Gallagher

Recipe Summary

Yield:
Makes about 8 drinks
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan, combine the water and sugar and bring to a boil, stirring with a wooden spoon until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to moderate and simmer for 5 minutes; let the sugar syrup cool.

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  • In a blender or food processor, combine the sugar syrup with the basil, cilantro, mint, tarragon, lemon zest and lemon juice and puree. Let stand for 1 hour, then strain through a coarse sieve, pressing on the solids with the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible.

  • For each drink, pour 1/4 cup of the fresh herb syrup over cracked ice and fill with club soda. Garnish the drinks with a lemon twist and mint sprigs and serve.

Make Ahead

The herb syrup can be refrigerated overnight.

Notes

Variation To make a cocktail, add half a shot of vodka and half a shot of rum to each drink.

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