Ginuary Gimlet - A Health-Boosting Herb + Avocado Gimlet

In the spirit of the new year and healthier choices, I decided to break out some of my favorite green herbs, toss in some avocado and make my version of a green smoothie.

­čî┐NETTLES: can help to control blood sugar and reduce water retention

­čî┐PEPPERMINT: soothes the stomach, can alleviate both nausea and headaches (making it a very helpful herb for hangovers!)

­čî┐GOTU KOLA: lowers cortisol (stress hormone) and boosts serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine. Shown to improve long term memory. 

Ginuary Gimlet - a gin gimlet with organic herbs - nettles, gotu kola, peppermint

RECIPE:

  • 2 oz gin (The Botanist Gin)
  • 1/4 of a small avocado
  • 3/4 oz organic green herb syrup*
  • Juice of one lime

Muddle the avocado, then add all ingredients to a shaker, dry shake to blend, then add ice and shake a second time to chill. Garnish with dried herbs and a lime wheel

*Organic Green Herb Syrup

  • 100 g (about a 1/2 cup) white sugar
  • 100 ml (about a 1/2 cup) water
  • 2 tbsp nettles
  • 1 tbsp peppermint
  • 1 tsp gotu kola

Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Add herbs and simmer until the syrup begins to thicken. Remove from heat, allow to cool, strain and enjoy. Store in the refrigerator.

Recipe, GinAmy Traynor