The Verbena & Mint

The Verbena and Mint

The Verbena and Mint Cocktail
Bar manager Jon di Pinto of Street ADL in Adelaide, South Australia, combines lemon verbena and gin for a crisp, refreshing summer cocktail.Matt Taylor-Gross

Bar manager Jon di Pinto of Street ADL in Adelaide, South Australia, combines lemon verbena and gin for a crisp, refreshing summer cocktail.

The Verbena & Mint
Bar manager Jon di Pinto of Street ADL in Adelaide, South Australia, combines lemon verbena and mint with gin for a refreshing, herbal twist on a gimlet.
Yield: makes one cocktail

For the Lemon Verbena Sugar

  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon verbena leaves (8 leaves)
  • 1 2” piece lemon zest

For the Cocktail

  • 3 tbsp. lemon verbena sugar
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 tbsp. lemon verbena sugar
  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 2 sprigs lemon verbena
  • 2 sprigs mint

Instructions

  1. To make the sugar: Grind sugar, lemon verbena, and lemon zest in a spice grinder until fine.
  2. To make the cocktail: Combine 3 tablespoons lemon verbena sugar and 3 tablespoons water in a small saucepan over medium heat and simmer until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Refrigerate syrup until ready to use.
  3. Place remaining lemon verbena sugar on a small plate. Rim a martini glass with the lime wedge and run the rim around the sugar; refrigerate until ready to use. Combine the gin, lime juice, and 12 ounce of the syrup in an ice filled shaker; shake vigorously, then strain into reserved glass and garnish with the lemon verbena and mint.