Fresh Classic: Lemon Verbena Gin & Tonic

Fresh Classic: Lemon Verbena Gin & Tonic

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Faith Durand
Jul 26, 2011
It's that time of year: Time for lemon verbena, my favorite summer herb. It's growing like a weed in my garden, so I've been looking for more ways to use it. Here's the latest: Lemon verbena gin and tonic. Lemon verbena has a sweet lemon fragrance that blends beautifully with a crisp gin and tonic. I have been muddling a handful of lemon verbena leaves with the gin (like Nora does with other botanicals here), or shaking up the gin and lemon verbena with ice in a shaker. Top it off with a splash of tonic, and it's a fresh version of my favorite summer cocktail. Do you do this with other herbs or botanicals? Mint? Basil? This cucumber-rosemary gin and tonic is a great one to try, too. Here are a few more posts on lemon verbena: • Hot Drink for Summer Evenings: Lemon Verbena TisaneRecipe: Lemon Verbena Simple SyrupRecipe: Plum Sorbet with Lemon Verbena CreamSeasonal Recipe Spotlight: Lemon VerbenaWhat Should We Do With Our Lemon Verbena? Related: From the Garden: Five Lemon-Scented Herbs (Images: Faith Durand)
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