Dreamland G+T | the ingredients:
In this mystical twist on a classic gin and tonic, I incorporate ingredients inspired by herbal dream folklore to promote sleep and vivid dreams. Gin itself already contains a multitude of herbal ingredients, and although most of the constituents might have been removed during the distillation process, I believe that the dreamy plant essences still remain.
My Dreamland G+T takes a sweet syrup of tart blackberries and aromatically pleasant lavender buds, with added sage and smoked rosemary. A touch of lemon contributes acidity, and a dash of pink salt adds a savory minerality and offsets bitterness. The magic ingredient here, though, is the mugwort.
This is what dreams are made of...
Mugwort. In this recipe, I use tinctured Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). Mugwort is an aromatic bitter, with a strong reputation for stimulating vivid dreams. For example, the Ainu tribe (the indigenous people of Japan and Russia) believe drinking mugwort tea can be used for divinatory states, and the Chumash tribe of California know mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana) as "dream sage", using the herb by either burning, smoking, or drinking as an infusion for good dreams. Mugwort can be purchased already tinctured, but I made my own by infusing a separate batch of gin with dried organic mugwort in a 1:1 ratio for about 6 hours.
Rosemary + Sage. I also included the use of sage (Salvia officinalis), and smoked rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). Both rosemary and sage have a long history of folk use around the world as bearers of (prophetic) wisdom and memory, and studies are now confirming the use of Salvia as a memory enhancer, and rosemary as a memory booster. And so in the purpose of inducing dream states, remembering what was dreamt is just as important!
IMPORTANT! Always take caution when using herbs! If you are on prescribed medications, do not take herbs unless it is safely advised by a health practitioner (some herbs are contraindicated with medications). Always be 100% about the identification of your herbs. The information presented here is intended to be used for educational purposes only, and is not to be used as medical advice or treatment. You are responsible for your own health and choices. Use herbs responsibly!
Dreamland G+T | measurements:
For one cocktail...
- 1 1/2 oz. gin (I used Ford's Gin)
- Half-squeeze of a lemon half
- Dash of tinctured mugwort
- Dash of Himalayan Pink Salt "tincture" (recipe below)
- 3 oz. tonic water (I used Fever Tree)
- 1.5-2 oz. Blackberry lavender and sage syrup (recipe below)
- A sprig of rosemary
- A sprig of sage, for garnish
Dreamland G+T | the recipe:
- First, prepare the blackberry lavender and sage syrup.
- Combine 6 oz. of blackberries in a saucepan with 2/3 c of sugar, and 2/3 c of water.
- Bring to a boil, and then allow to simmer until sugar is dissolved, and berries are soft and easily muddled.
- Turn off the heat, and add 2 tsp. of lavender buds, and 1 sprig of sage.
- Immediately cover with a lid (to prevent the herbal volatile oils from escaping!), and allow the herbs to infuse into the syrup for a few minutes.
- Press and strain into a jar. This syrup can be stored in a fridge for up to a week.
- To prepare your cocktail, capture the rosemary smoke in a chilled glass by carefully lighting a sprig of rosemary over a flame.
- Fill your glass with ice, and begin layering the gin, lemon juice, dash of tinctured mugwort, dash of pink salt tincture, and the tonic water. Note: the salt "tincture" is simply a mixture of 1 tsp. himalayan pink salt dissolved in 2 oz. of water. I store this in an amber tincture bottle with a glass dropper.
- Top your cocktail with the blackberry lavender and sage syrup.
- Swipe the rim of your glass with gently crushed sage leaves, garnish, and enjoy!