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The 7 most used aromatic herbs in mixology

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By Lina Vanegas*

People give to the herbs special powers, a touch of magic and tradition that make us remember home grandmothers remedies. We might find stories of gods, nymphs inspiring, saintly devotees, magical fairies, angels, jinn and demons surrounded by legends. Since ancient times, herbs has been attributed a kind of charm surrounded by invisible virtues becoming with a healing effect on those who drank them.

If we think in its history, the first herbal were written in Ancient Greek and they told the use given to the herbs back then in medicinal solutions and its aplication into rituals and magical activities that gently came into the fantastic mixology world today.

The mixology trend today are characterized combining mint leaves, peppermint, basil, edible petals, lemon, orange, cucumber, strawberry and cherry, among others to conquer the palate of those enjoy them in a drink.

Its flavor, aroma, its green colour and its natural texture make the aromatic herbs an essential valuable ingredient when creating a drink. Within the mixology area, the most popular are basil, peppermint, rosemary, coriander, thyme, sage, lemongrass.

1. Basil:
It is grown annually and their seeds arrive with the spring. Experts attribute to them medicinal and spiritual benefits. In India it is known as "The Incomparable one" and "Mother Medicine of Nature" and is grown outside the temples and Hindu homes. It is also used to accompany meditation and prayer because it purifies mind, body and spirit. In mixology is known for its strong flavor and combined with juniper, marjoram, mustard, oregano, parsley, pepper, rosemary, sage.

The Red One by Rocío Torrez          Leader Ship by Michael Calvaresi                   Belluci by Marc Álvarez

The red one     The Leader Ship     Belluchi

2. Mint/Peppermint:
Is an ingredient very popular in classic cocktails and very traditional in the ancient Mediterranean world. Dioscorides, the famous physician and pharmacologist in the first century, said in his book 'Medical Materia' that mint encourages amorous pleasures. The name differentiation Peppermint or Mint corresponds to the geographical location of use. In Europe and particularly Spain is called Mint, while in America it is known as Peppermint. It is also widely used in food, cosmetics and perfumery for its durable, nice and fresh aroma.

Chartreusito perfect serve              bAravaca Call by Rocío Torrez                Mitzi by George Restrepo

Chartreus'ito    bAravaca Call      Mitzi

3. Rosemary:
Known in the Mediterranean tradition as a symbol of friendship, the Greeks and Romans considered it as a sacred and magical plant. It was also believed that rosemary put the demons away, itgave joy, happiness and it was the source of eternal youth. In markets people recommend it because it raises the morale of the depressed and strengthens the weak memory. In cocktail is known for its spicy flavor and combined with basil, bay leaf, oregano, thyme and coriander seeds.

Cointreau Fizz Grapes perfect serve       Where is the Turkey? by Max Larocca

Cointreau Fizz Grapes          Where is the Turkey?

4. Coriander:
It tends to be associated with Asian food and its origin is in Southern Europe and the Middle East. It is said that the Chinese added coriander to love potions because to them it symbolizes immortality and it is aphrodisiac. Currently their properties are exploited in mixology.

Mojito Rawal by Juanjo González         Stair to heaven by Dario Knox

Mojito Rawal         Stairway to Heaven


5. Thyme:
Thyme is an aromatic plant from the temperate regions of Europe, North Africa and Asia. It is a symbol of value, in the Middle Ages, women were accustomed to embed thyme sprigs in clothes that gave away to the soldiers to give them luck. Mythology says that if you grow in your garden thyme, magical creatures will come and will bless it. In mixology is widely used for mixtures containing gin.

Red Sea by Sergio Padilla                   Mediterranean martini by Héctor Henche Vila

Red Sea             Mediterranean martini

6. Sage:

Sage is from Europe with with a very nice effect on palate. It is rich in vitamin B, vitamin C and potassium, among other components. Since Greek antiquity is a plant that has been linked to the concept of health and women. In fact it was considered a sacred plant that helped healing bleeding wounds, fevers and female problems.

Balsamic mojito by Jorge Serrano            Victoria by George Restrepo

Balsamic mojito               Victoria

7. Lemongrass:
It is a traditional herb in Asian cooking, especially for tea. Its use since ancient times has been linked with medicinal purposes as well as an ingredient in cooking. It is known as lemon grass or citronella grass. It is defined as a highly aromatic herb species with rustic lemon scent and bittersweet.

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Ysere        Mexico & Nuvole


*Lina Vanegas
Content editor. Social Communications and Corporate Communication Master. 
Learn more about Lina here

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