Cookbook giveaway – Zen and Tonic

Zen and TonicThanks to Jules Aron’s new book, Zen and Tonic: Savory and Fresh Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker, you don’t have to a master mixologist to enjoy delicious, inventive cocktails. Aron shows you how to make your own simple syrups and infusions with immune boosting fruits, herbs and veggies that will leave you feeling refreshed and energized, using ingredients you can find in your own backyard, windowsill, or local farmer’s market.

Aron, a mixologist, beverage consultant, and green lifestyle expert, has been tending bar at some of Manhattan’s finest dining establishments, bars, and clubs. Now she’s sharing her wealth of knowledge so everyone can enjoy delicious cocktails without going to a swanky bar. You can find more advice from Aron on cocktail mixing in our author interview.

We’re delighted to offer three copies of Zen and Tonic to EYB Members in the US and Canada only. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

What’s your favorite herbal addition to drinks (with or without alcohol)?

Please note that you must be signed into the Rafflecopter contest before posting the comment or your entry won’t be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends May 10, 2016.

Post a comment


  • MmeFleiss  on  April 12, 2016


  • pandapotamus  on  April 12, 2016

    love adding mint!

  • sarahawker  on  April 12, 2016

    Mint of course, but Rosemary is a close second.

  • vinochic  on  April 12, 2016

    also mint for me. but basil and lavender are delicious too!

  • GillB  on  April 12, 2016

    I love mint

  • Foodstylist  on  April 12, 2016

    Cilantro Tincture. Fabulous in coconut water cocktails. Works well with
    Tequila of course, but also with vodka and less floral gins.

  • babyfork  on  April 13, 2016

    Mint or basil!

  • garimag  on  April 13, 2016


  • katenolan  on  April 13, 2016

    All of them? But probably mint, mostly.

  • bching  on  April 13, 2016

    Lovage in a Hendricks Gin and Tonic. A big lovage stem makes a great straw!

  • ltsuk  on  April 14, 2016


  • Siejhi  on  April 14, 2016

    raspberries ice cubes

  • tjnelson1hotmail  on  April 15, 2016


  • djoh437938  on  April 16, 2016


  • Siegal  on  April 18, 2016

    I love putting mint in everything

  • sabrina7  on  April 19, 2016

    Basil and thyme!

  • tarae1204  on  April 20, 2016

    Basil simply syrup – so easy to make and wonderful in cocktails.

  • hrhacissej  on  April 22, 2016


  • herby  on  April 22, 2016

    I recently discovered star anise as a wonderful addition to rum-based drinks. Now I add star anise to the simple syrup that I usually keep on hand.

  • alex9179  on  April 23, 2016

    I love some basil muddled into a French 75.

  • rivergait  on  April 23, 2016

    rosemary, because I grow a lot of it. Meyer lemon juice which I also grow isn't an herb but makes great lemon syrup.

  • Julia  on  April 23, 2016

    I love herbs with cocktails, mint, basil, thyme, rosemary.

  • pgarcia  on  April 24, 2016

    I've been playing with adding bitters lately. Are those considered "herbal?"

  • reno2014  on  April 24, 2016

    I love cinnamon, my all time favorite spice added to anything, including cocktails.

  • imaluckyducky  on  April 24, 2016

    Rosemary ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gilion  on  April 24, 2016

    Sweet woodruff. I love adding it to a dry, crisp white wine, like pinot gris.

  • Kirstinrau  on  April 25, 2016

    I like to add Rosemary to lemon iced tea

  • nikignu  on  April 26, 2016

    I'm currently obsessed with rosemary!

  • Yildiz100  on  April 26, 2016

    Mint or lemon verbena.

  • tinaellen  on  April 26, 2016


  • tangaloor  on  April 28, 2016

    Mint is so delicious. Muddled cucumber is also nice, although not exactly an herb.

  • RNJessicaK  on  April 28, 2016

    I am not a fan of mint so I started making my mojitos with basil instead. Life changing!!

  • JanScholl  on  April 29, 2016

    I have never used an herbal in a drink. I guess I should start!

  • Nancith  on  April 29, 2016

    Mint's about the only one I've tried, so mint it is.

  • PixieCat  on  April 29, 2016


  • Waderu  on  April 30, 2016


  • trudys_person  on  May 1, 2016

    Mint, but I have several varieties in my garden, that add some intersest – like pineapple mint and chocolate mint …

  • SharonandRon  on  May 1, 2016

    Mint. lots and lots of mint in my mojitos!

  • LilyB612  on  May 6, 2016

    Loving cardamom and black pepper lately.

  • meggan  on  May 9, 2016

    Thyme is great with gin.

  • smtucker  on  May 10, 2016

    Gosh….. so many to choose from. Mint would have to be first, followed closely by thyme and rosemary.

Seen anything interesting? Let us know & we'll share it!