09 November 2011

Flavour of the Week - Lemon Verbena

Grown mainly in Chile and Peru, the plant can sprout 5 feet per season and has the potential to reach 15 feet in height.

Often used in cooking, after being dried out, mainly for the fact that it retains it's flavour almost indefinitely and is easy to prepare.

For bar uses it is possible to use when both dried and fresh, however both will give a different flavour profile. The leaves can be used to infuse a spirit or be muddled fresh into a drink. Due to their high concentration of flavour small amounts are needed per drink.

The leaf also provides an interesting alternative to stand in place of lemon juice or lemon zest, adding a similar yet cleaner flavour.

Flavour: intense lemon, pure, clean, fresh, floral.

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