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Cosmo with Lemon Balm

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Photograph © Kerry Michaels

A good cocktail can easily become great with a little herbal addition. I grow lots of lemon balm and discovered that it really pumps up the flavor of a Cosmopolitan. I'm calling it a cosmo, though I add fresh orange juice which might make purists flinch. Also, I make cosmos by by the pitcher which ends up being about 8 cocktails. You can also substitute one quarter to one half of the cranberry juice with pomegranate juice for something different.

Another of my favorite herbal cocktails is a Lemon Verbena Margarita

Prep Time: 10 minutes

1 Hour to Chill: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2c Cranberry Juice
  • 10 ounces Vodka
  • 2 ounces Rose's Lime
  • 2 ounces Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • Juice from 1 Fresh Orange
  • 8-10 Sprigs of Lemon Balm

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in a medium sized pitcher. Chill for at least an hour. Serve in chilled martini glasses whose rims have been rubbed with lemon balm leaves. Add a sprig of lemon balm to each cocktail for a garnish.

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