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Shiso Martinis

This classic cocktail gets brightened up with the addition of fresh lime juice and mintlike shiso.

  • servings: 8




  • 1 bottle (1 liter) best-quality vodka
  • 20 fresh shiso leaves, plus 8 more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons dry vermouth
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Small ice cubes

Cook's Note

Shiso is a delicate Asian herb with tender, slightly fuzzy leaves and an almost minty flavor. Gin may be substituted for vodka.


  1. Step 1

    Combine vodka and shiso in a large bowl. Cover, and let stand overnight at room temperature. Strain into a pitcher, and discard shiso.

  2. Step 2

    Add vermouth and lime juice to vodka. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add 1/2 cup vodka mixture, and shake for 45 seconds. Pour into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a shiso leaf. Repeat, and serve immediately.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2008

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