Cucumber and mint are common cocktail ingredients, but this one is a little more unusual thanks to the addition of delicate rice wine vinegar and shiso, a mint relative that's often used in Asian cuisines.
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Roy Choi's recipe for brussels sprouts and kimchi in his new cookbook/memoir, L.A. Son, is a prime example of his effortless expertise in Korean fusion. He throws sprouts, butter, kimchi, lemon, and shiso all together in a hot pan for a dish that looks like a miss-mashed stir-fry but tastes like a dish that's been made by countless cooks for generations.
Pickles are usually the easiest thing to put up, and the vinegar-ed recipes in Southern Living's Little Jars, Big Flavors, fall in line. Most of the pickles are simple, familiar choices like dills, bread and butters, and pickled green beans. This pickled turnip with shiso, however, stood out from the rest. Shiso is not ordinarily seen in American pickle recipes, especially from the dill- and mustard-focused South. Still, the lemony leaf makes plenty of sense in these Japanese-esque white wedges.
With hints of fennel and also a spicy note, like cinnamon, shiso adds complexity to the classic, cooling mint tea.
If iced tea and lemonade is an Arnold Palmer, then this shiso limeade is a Ryo Ishikawa. It's not until you mix the limeade into the purple shiso tea that it turns bright pink, just like the pH tests you did in elementary school with red cabbage juice and lemon.