Gallery: 5 Herb-Infused Cocktails from Craftbar (And How to Make Them At Home)

Eternal Sunshine
Eternal Sunshine

A little fruity and a little exotic. Skiba uses Bootlegger 21 vodka.

Make it at home:
5 leaves Thai basil, plus extra for garnish
1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce Goji berry liqueur
1/4 ounce lime juice
3 dashes peach bitters
club soda
Muddle basil with ginger liqueur. Fill with ice, add vodka, Goji berry liqueur, lime juice, and peach bitters. Shake well, strain into an ice-filled highball. Top off with club soda and garnish with a basil leaf.

Sage Advice
Sage Advice

Benedictine and bourbon bring out the flavor of muddled sage, while verjus (tart unfermented grape juice) adds essential acidity.

Make it at home:
7 sage leaves, plus one for garnish
½ oz verjus
dash simple syrup
2 ounces Jim Beam bourbon
½ oz Benedictine
dash Angostura bitters
In a cocktail shaker, muddle 7 sage leaves with verjus and simple syrup. Fill with ice, then add Jim Beam, Benedictine, and Angostura. Shake well, then strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with additional sage leaf.

Grape Expectations
Grape Expectations

This mint and pisco-based cocktail is super-refreshing.

Make it at home:
6 grapes, plus 1 for garnish
4 large mint leaves
2 ounces Pisco 100
3/4 ounce St Germain
1/2 ounce lime juice
splash of club soda
Muddle the grapes and mint in a cocktail shaker, then fill with ice and add pisco, St Germain, and lime. Shake well, then strain into a wine glass. Top with club soda and garnish with a grape on the rim.

Pepino Picante
Pepino Picante

Spicy and savory; this drink would be awesome paired with grilled meat.

Make it at home:
2 lime quarters
3 slices cucumber
2 wheels jalapeno with seeds
6 cilantro leaves
1 sugar cube
1/2 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces mezcal
garnish: lime wheel
Squeeze 1 lime quarter into a cocktail shaker and add shell and other lime quarter. Add cucumber, jalapeno, cilantro leaves, and sugar cube, muddle gently. Fill with ice, add simple syrup and mezcal, shake well. Strain into an ice-filled glass, garnish with lime wheel.

Rosemary Lavender
Rosemary Lavender

This drink is a personal favorite of Skiba's, and we can see why. It's the ultimate hot-weather refresher, like a delicately herbal lemonade.

To make the rosemary-infused gin: lightly pound two stalks of clean rosemary with a muddler to release the oils, then insert them into a bottle of gin. (Skiba uses Damrak.) Infuse, sealed, until flavor is robust and the color begins to change (at least 5 hours, and up to 3 days.)

To make lavender syrup: mix 3 tablespoons dried lavender with one pint water and one pint sugar and heat to a slow boil until all the sugar has dissolved. Let cool and strain.

To make the cocktail:
2 ounces rosemary-infused gin
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce lavender syrup
rosemary stalk for garnish
club soda
Shake gin, lemon juice, and lavender syrup with ice, then strain into an ice-filled highball. Garnish with rosemary stalk and top off with club soda.