Mixologist Jim Meehan has created a refreshing and flavorful cocktail that's perfect for summer sipping. His Blueberry-Lemon Verbena Smash combines the sweetness of blueberries with the herbaceous notes of lemon verbena, creating a balance of flavors that's truly delightful.
Jim Meehan is a renowned bartender, author, and founder of the award-winning bar, PDT, in New York City. He's also the author of "The PDT Cocktail Book" and "Meehan's Bartender Manual," two highly regarded cocktail books that have helped establish him as an authority in the cocktail world.
His Blueberry-Lemon Verbena Smash recipe showcases his expertise in combining flavors. The cocktail is made by muddling fresh blueberries and lemon verbena leaves in a shaker, which releases their juices and aromas. The addition of cucumber and mint gives the drink a refreshing twist, while lemon juice adds a zesty kick. The final touch of soda water gives the drink a slight effervescence that makes it even more refreshing.
Here's Drycraft’s version of the recipe for Jim Meehan's Blueberry-Lemon Verbena Smash:
The Blueberry-Lemon Verbena Smash
Refresh with the Blueberry-Lemon Verbena Smash by mixologist Jim Meehan. This summer recipe combines sweet blueberries, aromatic lemon verbena for a twist on the cucumber mint mocktail. Experience the perfect balance of flavors in every sip. Shake, strain, and savor the fruity, herbaceous delight. Cheers to summer!
6-8 fresh blueberries
2-3 fresh lemon verbena leaves
2 slices of cucumber
2-3 fresh mint leaves
1 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup
0.5 oz Wilderton Lustre
1.5 oz Caleno Light & Zesty
0.5 oz Ritual Zero Proof in place of Caleno
1 stick of fresh Thyme in place of Lemon Verbena
In a shaker, muddle the blueberries, lemon verbena leaves, cucumber slices, and mint leaves.
Add lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin to the shaker with ice and shake until well combined.
Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.
Top with soda water and gently stir.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh lemon verbena, a few blueberries, and a cucumber slice.
Enjoy this fruity and herbaceous cocktail that's perfect for summer sipping!
Pro Tip: What’s a good substitute for Verbena?
If you can't find fresh lemon verbena, you can substitute it with a few fresh lemon thyme sprigs or a small handful of fresh lemon balm leaves. You can also use a small amount of lemon zest, along with a few fresh mint leaves, to get a similar citrus and herbaceous flavor profile. We included the Wilderton Lustre as one of our must have non-alcoholic spirits in this recipe because it already has fragrant citrus and herbal notes that can makeup for a substitute for verbana too.