Shiso Martinis

Shiso Martinis

This classic martini cocktail gets brightened up with the addition of fresh lime juice and mint-like shiso.


  • 1 bottle (1 liter) best-quality vodka

  • 20 fresh shiso leaves, plus 8 more for garnish

  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons dry vermouth

  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  • Small ice cubes


  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. 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.

Cook's Notes

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

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