MxMo Witches Garden: The Manchu Mantis

Sometimes when you get a new job you just get busy. However I would feel like a true jerk if I didn’t make an entry to this month’s MxMo as it’s hosted by one of my favorite blogs. This month focuses on herbs and is brought to us by Mark of Cardiff Cocktails. This may not make the rundown, but I highly recommend you check his blog out anyway as it’s always full of cool stuff like lemongrass bitters.


A few thanksgivings ago I made A turkey meatball soup with basil, Olive oil, Tomatillo’s, spinach, and abit of chicken stock and white wine amongst other things. It was a fine dish but what stuck with me was the cocktail I played around with afterward. Nowadays basil is nothing new in the cocktail world, but this was the first one I’d tasted at the time. I tend to remember it well because we all drank a few of them while watching a Shaw Brothers movie called Shaolin Mantis. Hence the name, and yes our Thanksgivings are far from normal.


Manchu Mantis

1 ½ oz Silver 100% Agave Tequila

1 oz Domaine de Canton

1 oz Lime Juice

1 tsp Sugar (white or demerera)

3 leaves fresh basil

1 dash of orange bitters (Optional)


Muddle together in the shaker the basil and sugar. Then add the lime, bitters, and spirits. Shake hard with ice and pour unstrained into a Pilsner glass.


This drink has a bright yet herbal citrus nose and a rich earthy flavor. Rich tastes of sweet ginger and basil marry with the herbal agave of the tequila. The lime provides a balance to all the sweetness from the sugar and liqueur. It’s most certainly a simple drink, but quite nice.


Well thanks to Mark for hosting, we’re sad to be late but eager to read everyone’s great work. Luckily more money means more posts from yours truly from now on. Until next time…

“You get Hammered America!”


About JFL

Joey or JFL as he is known by friends is a culinary trained mixologist from the Heart of Dixie Birmingham, Alabama. From a weekly column in the St. Clair News Aegis to his own experiments online JFL never stops doing work on Tiki and Cocktails. When he's not studying all things spirit, wine, and beer he's pursuing his own odd interests such as cartoons, cheesy old horror movies, horror punk, hair metal, and hockey
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