We're celebrating National Liqueur Day today in the US. For us that's almost like every other day!
Often Liqueur is considered sticky, too sweet and not really an ingredient in a high end cocktail. While this can be true, if you look a little closer into this drink category, there are fantastic finds to make that elevate your cocktails and should certainly part of your home bar.
Here at The Elan Collective we are big fans of liqueurs. Many of our favorites come from Europe and have an herbal base, but also high quality fruit liqueurs are often featured in our signature drinks.
Today we want to share a recent find that might not be widely available in your area, but is definitely worth a try if you can get a hold of it. We're talking about the Shiso liqueur from the Sidetrack Distillery in Seattle, WA.
The beautiful bottle with the glass stop and the bright green color is what caught our eye first in the liquor store shelf. It is made from the Asian herb 'Shiso' (perilla leaf in English), which is a staple primarily in the Japanese kitchen often used for garnishing meat or fish dishes. Shiso is part of the mint family and has a fresh, citrusy, herbaceous taste.
This flavor is also very noticeable in the Sidetrack Distillery Liqueur. It is less sweet than you might expect and has a unique, refreshing taste.
Here's our favorite recipe featuring our National Liqueur Day bottle, the
2oz. Gin (we used Gin Sul, also to be featured later this week)
1 oz. Shiso Liqueur
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Juice of 1/2 lime
Shake all ingredients over ice and strain in a Rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
We're sure you will love this one, enjoy!