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Lemon Verbena Gimlet Cocktail

It’s 95 degrees out right now.

Real feel is something like 101.

Humidity is pretty awful.

Time for a gin drink. A GIN drink! With fresh herbs and citrus juice.


Let’s get right to it:

Lemon Verbena (or any herb, really) simple syrup:

  • For the simple syrup
    • Equal parts sugar and water, plus several leaves (no stem) of herb of choice. I used lemon verbena leaves.
    • Add all ingredients to sauce pan over low heat, stir until sugar dissolves. Let cool, then strain into jar, and put in fridge. Lasts up to a week or so.
  • A gimlet is:

Gin + lime juice + sugar (or simple syrup)

For this recipe I did:

  • 2 oz gin
  • 2 oz lime (this is very citrusy, which was great for the heat!)
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • lemon verbena leaves and mint leaves as a garnish

Shake vigorously with ice, double strain, garnish.


The herbs for garnish are not just for looks. When you stick your nose in the glass, your nose is overwhelmed with a lot of aroma. The smell is a big part of the cocktail experience. I used a toothpick because I plucked the leaves from the stem.

Enjoy, and stay cool. Drink lots of water!*


*A great thing I heard regarding drinking water right when you wake up: Drink a glass of water right when you wake up. Why? It’s been 6-8 hours of no drinking fluids. Wouldn’t you be thirsty otherwise? It’s a great, easy way to wake up.

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Antioxidant fruit punch?

Can something so healthy actually taste so friggin’ good?

Usually if something tastes really good, it means it’s probably not that healthy for you. I’m thinking things like Nutella or fried chicken or ice cream. This is a weak generalization, but I think most of us grew up believing the point this graph conveys:

As an adult, I was being generous with the curve. My 10 year old self would advocate for a sharper decline.

One day I’m exploring the world wide web for food related things, and I come upon NutrionFacts.org. The author of a blog claims that he has an antioxidant-packed tea recipe (very healthy) that tastes just like fruit punch (not healthy)!

This seems like a job for this blog to taste test this.

Does this video’s recipe actually taste like fruit punch?

Here is the video:

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