Add Flavor To Your Drink With Plants
There are many fantastic plants that can be used as the basis of a drink recipe, or can add a subtle kick to a drink recipe that's already established. If you're interested in mixing your own drinks, these plants are a great way to establish a unique taste and an inventive basis for new recipes and old classics alike. However, you should always remember to study your plants before you add them, as no one wants to inadvertently mix a laxative into their smoothie!
Mint is one of the primary components to a lot of drinks, and fresh mint can be a blessing to both alcoholic drinks such as the proud mojito as well as non-alcoholic drinks like a refreshing tea. Most bars are already stocked with mint, but it may be surprising exactly how often mint can be used to refresh a tired drink. When mint is paired with a citrus such as orange, lemon or lime, it becomes something truly amazing, so make sure that you experiment appropriately with this powerful flavor. Fruit peels are also an excellent way to add value to a drink. The zest from citrus plants go wonderfully with powerful herbs such as mint and basil.
Of course, all alcoholic drinks originate from plants, which is what makes it so very important to understand their botanical origins. Wines come from grapes, for instance. Sangria, a mixed wine drink, is appropriately fruity and anything that goes well with grape juice will mix well with wine for a fantastic and light mixed drink. Slices of refreshing fruits go fantastically with wine because of its basic grape origins.
Other types of liquor have a more earthy and balanced feel because they are distilled from wheat, potatoes and other such ingredients. These more starchy liquors tend to be able to be infused with practically anything. Vodkas, for instance, can be used to make very simple and easy berry, fruit and herb infusions. All a mixer needs to do is add ingredients to their vodka and then wait until an appropriate amount of flavoring has mixed in. After straining, they will have a delicious vodka infusion that can be served either straight or on the rocks. A mixer can create, for instance, a wonderful strawberry vodka that is then served with fresh blueberries and raspberries. Sugars can also be used to bring out the natural flavorings of the plants.