Monica Buck
YieldsMakes: 1 1/2 quarts; 8 to 12 servingsPrep Time20 mins
AuthorCarry Porter, Kirkland, WA,
Carry Porter of Kirkland, WA wasn't willing to miss out on a moment of the party by making cocktails one by one, so she created her "herbaltini" in a pitcher. This refreshing drink "combines the fresh herbs that many people have left over after cooking holiday dishes," she explains.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

In a 2 1/2- to 3-quart pitcher, combine mint sprigs, rosemary sprigs, and sugar. With a long-handled wooden spoon, muddle (or crush) the herbs and sugar together. Squeeze juice from oranges into pitcher, then drop quarters in. Press a few times with spoon to release oil from orange peels. Stir in gin, lime juice, and 1/2 cup ice water. Mix until sugar is dissolved. Serve (see step 2), or cover and chill up to 4 hours (see notes). If using martini glasses, chill in freezer.

Step 2
2

To serve, slowly pour chilled soda water into the pitcher, down the side. Stir gently to blend. Pour through a strainer into chilled martini glasses or ice-filled glasses. Float a mint leaf on top of each. Serve at once.

Ingredients

 24 fresh mint sprigs (4 in. each), rinsed
 12 fresh rosemary sprigs (3 in. each), rinsed
 3/4 cup superfine sugar
 2 oranges (6 oz. each), chilled, rinsed, and quartered
 2 1/4 cups gin, chilled in the freezer
 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from about 7 limes), chilled
 1 1/2 cups soda water, chilled
  Fresh mint leaves, rinsed

Directions

Step 1
1

In a 2 1/2- to 3-quart pitcher, combine mint sprigs, rosemary sprigs, and sugar. With a long-handled wooden spoon, muddle (or crush) the herbs and sugar together. Squeeze juice from oranges into pitcher, then drop quarters in. Press a few times with spoon to release oil from orange peels. Stir in gin, lime juice, and 1/2 cup ice water. Mix until sugar is dissolved. Serve (see step 2), or cover and chill up to 4 hours (see notes). If using martini glasses, chill in freezer.

Step 2
2

To serve, slowly pour chilled soda water into the pitcher, down the side. Stir gently to blend. Pour through a strainer into chilled martini glasses or ice-filled glasses. Float a mint leaf on top of each. Serve at once.

Herbaltini