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.


  • MmeFleiss  on  4/12/2016 at 8:32 AM


  • pandapotamus  on  4/12/2016 at 1:58 PM

    love adding mint!

  • sarahawker  on  4/12/2016 at 2:00 PM

    Mint of course, but Rosemary is a close second.

  • vinochic  on  4/12/2016 at 2:57 PM

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

  • GillB  on  4/12/2016 at 3:24 PM

    I love mint

  • Foodstylist  on  4/12/2016 at 4:40 PM

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

  • babyfork  on  4/13/2016 at 12:54 AM

    Mint or basil!

  • garimag  on  4/13/2016 at 8:09 AM


  • katenolan  on  4/13/2016 at 10:04 AM

    All of them? But probably mint, mostly.

  • bching  on  4/13/2016 at 3:54 PM

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

  • ltsuk  on  4/14/2016 at 3:13 PM


  • Siejhi  on  4/14/2016 at 9:37 PM

    raspberries ice cubes

  • tjnelson1hotmail  on  4/15/2016 at 5:02 PM


  • djoh437938  on  4/16/2016 at 8:21 AM


  • Siegal  on  4/18/2016 at 2:44 PM

    I love putting mint in everything

  • sabrina7  on  4/19/2016 at 6:41 PM

    Basil and thyme!

  • tarae1204  on  4/20/2016 at 1:23 PM

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

  • hrhacissej  on  4/22/2016 at 9:45 PM


  • herby  on  4/22/2016 at 10:09 PM

    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  4/23/2016 at 8:56 AM

    I love some basil muddled into a French 75.

  • rivergait  on  4/23/2016 at 4:15 PM

    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  4/23/2016 at 11:41 PM

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

  • pgarcia  on  4/24/2016 at 8:37 AM

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

  • reno2014  on  4/24/2016 at 11:54 AM

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

  • imaluckyducky  on  4/24/2016 at 12:42 PM

    Rosemary :)

  • Gilion  on  4/24/2016 at 5:27 PM

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

  • Kirstinrau  on  4/25/2016 at 7:48 AM

    I like to add Rosemary to lemon iced tea

  • nikignu  on  4/26/2016 at 3:35 PM

    I'm currently obsessed with rosemary!

  • Yildiz100  on  4/26/2016 at 6:47 PM

    Mint or lemon verbena.

  • tinaellen  on  4/26/2016 at 9:22 PM


  • tangaloor  on  4/28/2016 at 12:44 AM

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

  • RNJessicaK  on  4/28/2016 at 10:51 PM

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

  • JanScholl  on  4/29/2016 at 12:42 AM

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

  • Nancith  on  4/29/2016 at 8:58 AM

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

  • PixieCat  on  4/29/2016 at 9:19 AM


  • Waderu  on  4/30/2016 at 9:55 AM


  • trudys_person  on  5/1/2016 at 6:49 PM

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

  • SharonandRon  on  5/1/2016 at 8:10 PM

    Mint. lots and lots of mint in my mojitos!

  • LilyB612  on  5/6/2016 at 6:37 PM

    Loving cardamom and black pepper lately.

  • meggan  on  5/9/2016 at 4:05 PM

    Thyme is great with gin.

  • smtucker  on  5/10/2016 at 5:52 PM

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

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