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How To Save Summer Herbs for a Winter Cocktail

Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 11:21:37 AM
by Jacqueline S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Summer is one of the best seasons for fresh ingredients. However, once the Winter chill is upon us it’s easy to start missing those aromatics. One of my favorite ways to battle these blues is to make simple syrup from herbs in the Summer and freeze it for cooking and cocktails during the Winter.

I always have leftover basil and lemon-thyme from perusing farmers’ markets in my flip flops as they’re my favorite Summer scents. It’s great chopped and frozen into ice cubes or to make the below simple syrup. Once it’s prepared and sealed you can forget about it in the back of your freezer until the snow falls. Add a few drops to Prosecco for a refreshing Aperitif or even pour it over a snow ball for an icy treat to bring back memories of lush gardens in July.

What are your favorite Summer herbs? Tell us in the comments below!

Basil/Lemon-Thyme Syrup


  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Cups Demerara Sugar (Sugar Cane Extract) or Brown Sugar
  • 3 Fresh Lemon-Thyme Sprigs
  • 3 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1 Lemon Peel
  • Plastic Tupperware


  1. Bruise herbs with the back of a wooden spoon to release oil.
  2. Bring all ingredients less the sugar to a boil in a small pot.
  3. Once bubbling stir in sugar until it is completely dissolved.
  4. Take off the heat and let cool.
  5. Pour contents through a sieve and into tupperware. Wipe rim to avoid stickiness from the syrup and store in freezer.
  6. Forget about it.

For more information on farmer’s market cocktails check out our Farm-to-Table Cocktails piece from the August issue of the magazine.

Wine Wisdoms #15: Learn to Detect Fruit Aromas

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 at 10:52:16 AM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Wine and Fruit Aromas

Learn to detect fruit aromas. Wine will usually have some kind of fruit aroma. Experiment with different types of wine and learn to recognize what those aromas are. Swirl your glass with gusto and put your nose deep inside of it. For red wine, the primary aromatics are categorized into black fruits or red fruits. Black fruits consist of blackberries, plums, blueberries etc. while red fruits consist of strawberries, raspberries, cherries etc. The first question to ask yourself is whether the aromas are black or red fruits and from there you can pinpoint the specific fruit. White wine fruit aromas can be anything from the simpler citrus and apple to more exotic tropical fruits like pineapple, banana, and lychee fruit. Once you learn to recognize these aromas on their own, you’ll be more apt to find them in your wine. How did you first learn to detect fruit aromas in wine?

Our wine taste and aroma kits offer great assistance in learning to detect aromas in wine.