Mint-packed mojitos and juleps might be the most famous examples, but all kinds of cocktails will perk up when herbs are added to the mix. Muddling is the key to extracting the herbs' flavors and fragrant oils, done with a traditional bar tool similar to a mortar and pestle but gentler on delicate leaves, or the end of a wooden spoon. Here are four herbalicious drinks from our test kitchen.
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Roll out puff pastry into a rectangle, and spread a thin layer of homemade or store-bought jam on 1 half. Fold the other half over. Lightly brush with beaten egg, and sprinkle generously with sanding sugar. Slice dough into 1/2-inch strips; twist and curl each. Arrange on baking sheet, and freeze for 15 to 20 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees until golden, about 15 minutes.
Storage: Unbaked jelly curls can be frozen for up to 6 months.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, June 2010
Leftover dessert doubles as guest favors when packaged in boxes that are as pretty as, well, pie. Photocopy template at 400 percent; trace onto card stock. Cut out the image with scallop scissors along scalloped edges and regular scissors on solid lines. With a straightedge and a bone folder, score paper along dotted lines. Fold along scored lines, and secure tabs with double-sided tape. Line box with parchment paper, place a slice inside, and tie on a tag.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2007
Long used in folk remedies for numerous ailments, honey can help quiet coughs. We mix it with cider vinegar, which some say also soothes throats.
Mix 2 parts honey and 1 part cider vinegar (we like Bragg's Organic). Heat in microwave or on stove until warm. Sip it slowly, reheating as needed.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2010
A minimalist motif gives these canapes maximum charm: Thinly sliced scallions and snipped chives make stems for salmon-caviar blooms. Spread plain or smoked-salmon cream cheese onto soft white sandwich bread. Trim to desired shape, and arrange the chives and roe into single stems or a field of flowers.
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Salmon caviar, or roe, is a luminous bright orange and tastes of the sea. A relatively inexpensive type of caviar, it can be found at specialty-food stores or ordered from russanddaughters.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2010
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