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Drink: Verbena

Look no further for excitement than the Verbena. Its X-factor ingredient, the Szechuan button, is a tiny flower with palate-altering powers. It creates numbing, tingling sensations on the tongue, and changes the way we taste flavors. Sometimes, all you need is a change of perspective.


  • 6 lemon verbena leaves
  • 1 ounce ginger syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 3 ounces yuzu-calamansi sour mix
  • Garnish: Szechuan button


  1. Add the lemon verbena leaves and ginger syrup into a cocktail shaker and gently muddle the leaves.
  2. Add the blanco tequila and yuzu-calamansi sour mix into the shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
  3. Strain into a double rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with a Szechuan button.

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