Today's nightlife column is all about herbs.
Baltimore bars are whipping up cocktails with offbeat ingredients such as basil, thyme, lavender and dill. I reviewed five of these wacky beverages in today's paper.
Bad Decisions serves a gin and tonic made with cucumber and dill (pictured), with a splash of spirits distilled from honey. Owner John Reusing got the idea from cucumber dill dip.
"I was like, 'If it's good enough to dip potato chips in, I could probably make something delicious to drink with it,' " he said.
He did. And the drink is delish.
So was the Lil' It'ly Lemonade -- a blend of strawberries, basil and spiked pink lemonade made by Amicci's ...
I expected the L'il It'ly Lemonade, $8.48, to be extra sugary, but the basil stole the sweetness of the strawberries and lemonade, and the vodka was barely noticeable, which made the lemonade a dangerously smooth sipper.
Don't let it sit for long, though, because the ice cubes tend to water down the already thin mix.
Here is Reusing's recipe for the Cucumber Dill Gin & Tonic:
In a rocks glass gently muddle 2 sprigs of fresh dill
Add three long, skinny slices of cucumber
Fill with ice, then add:
3/4 oz. of Hendrick's Gin
3/4 oz. Hayman's Old Tom Gin
Fill with tonic water
Add two drops of Gioiello Nonino Citrus Tree Honey Spirit on top of the drink
(Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)