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...thyme is rumoured for treating rheumatism, while rosemary is Mother Nature’s cough syrup...

Hierbas Ibicencas is a drink that has been produced by the native people of rural Ibiza for over 200 years, and remains a very important part of Ibiza's nightlife scene and drinking culture today. You will be hard-pressed to find an Ibicencas establishment that does not have it on their shelves, and it is customary to receive a complementary taster, served in a balloon glass which helps develop the flavour, at the end of any meal.

So, what is it made from? The list of ingredients is extensive, and includes anise, thyme, rosemary, lemon and orange zest, juniper berries, mountain mint and fennel. The other ingredients are a highly guarded secret and differ from Hierbas to Hierbas, making each one unique in flavour and strength. However, it is usually distilled from wine and molasses to about 30% proof, which means it definitely has some kick!

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If the ingredients list was not enough to whet your appetite, you might be interested in the beneficial properties of this distinctive drink. Firstly, it is excellent for aiding digestion, which is why it is usually served after a meal.  What’s more, thyme, which is one of the main ingredients, is rumoured to be brilliant for treating rheumatism, while rosemary is Mother Nature’s cough syrup.

Legend also says that men become more handsome after drinking it and women become more fertile, but in my experience it only seems to make the men think the women are more attractive and themselves more fertile!

While it would be true to liken Hierbas to Marmite - you either love it or hate it - you absolutely need to try it at least once. For those of you that feel the taste is not for you, here are some cocktail recipes that might help change your mind. You could even be one of the first people to try Hierbas with Scheckter’s Organic Energy drink, a tasty new beverage that the team at have recently introduced to Ibiza!

White Island Ice Tea

 25ml Hierbas

 25ml White Rum

 25ml Vodka

 25ml Tequila

100ml Coke

Wedge Of Lime

·         Mix the Hierbas, Rum, Vodka and Tequila in a shaker

·         Strain into a tall glass

·         Top with Coke

·         Garnish with a wedge of lime.

Bes Bellini

 15ml Hierbas

 15ml Raspberry Puree

 15ml Passion Fruit

 100ml Champagne or Cava

·         Mix the Hierbas, Raspberry Puree and the Passion fruit in a shaker

·         Strain into a champagne glass and top with Champagne or Cava

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Balearic Martini

 50ml Hierbas

 50ml Vodka

 5ml Vanilla Extract

 4 Basil Leaves

 Wedge of Lime

·         Bruise 2 of the basil leaves and add to the Hierbas, Vodka, Vanilla and a squeeze of lime in a shaker of crushed ice

·         Strain into a Martini glass

·         Garnish with the 2 remaining Basil leaves and lime zest