Shire Folk

By: Hannah Lee Leidy
kingfisher shire folk cocktail
Photo by: James Smith

Mix up the new Shire Folk cocktail from Kingfisher Cocktail Bar in Durham, North Carolina. Get a taste of the first real warm days of spring with this drink. The star of this cocktail are the nasturtium leaves, which lend a bright grassy flavor.

Nasturtium leaves tend to get relegated to garnishes on springtime dishes. Kingfisher Cocktail Bar wanted to make something that put the particular flavor front and center.

This drink is basically a Gimlet at its core, obviously with a big punch of nasturtium flavor. To that classic build they added a decent amount of dry vermouth. The dry vermouth really helps smooth out the edges, without sacrificing balance or clarity of flavor.

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Makes 1 cocktail

  • 1½ ounces nasturtium leaf vodka (recipe follows)
  • ¾ ounce dry vermouth (preferably Boissiere Dry)
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • For the nasturtium leaf vodka:
  • 1 ounce nasturtium leaves plus more for garnish
  • 750 milliliter bottle of vodka

Make the nasturtium leaf vodka:

Blend 1 ounce nasturtium leaves into one 750 milliliter bottle of vodka, then fine strain. (Alternatively, 1 gram nasturtium per 1 ounce vodka)

Make the cocktail:

In a cocktail tin filled with ice, add all ingredients and shake until chilled. Strain into chilled nick & nora or martini glass.

  • Recipe by Kacey Liebes, Kingfisher Cocktail Bar, Durham, North Carolina

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