Bourbon is often left out of the cocktail equation. Thou shalt solely sip it neat or over a big ol’ ice cube, right? Wrong! Sweet, honeyed bourbon can be incredible in a cocktail, as shown in this deceptively simple, ultra-refreshing drink from Michael Noah, bar manager of NYC’s Restaurant Marc Forgione. In it, Noah balances rich bourbon with bright, fresh lime juice and almost minty shiso-infused simple syrup.
shiso simple syrup
.75 shiso simple syrup
.5 Lime Juice
Shiso leaf, for garnish (optional)
- Fill a glass with crushed ice.
- Pour the bourbon, simple syrup and lime juice into the glass. Top with a splash of club soda, garnish with a shiso leaf and serve.
Shiso-Steeped Simple Syrup
1 Cup granulated sugar
1 handful Shiso leaves
1 Cup water
- Add sugar and water to a pot and bring to a boil.
- Remove the pot from the heat and throw in a handful of shiso leaves. Let steep for 10 to 15 minutes.