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Bet you don't know about... Shiso leaves

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Tania Ballantine

Move over mint, there's a new cocktail accompaniment in town…

Yuk. Are those nettles?

No, my friend, they’re shiso.

She's who?

No, shiso. Think of them as mint’s cooler Asian cousin. With slightly frillier edges. They’re great if you like mixing drinks, because they’re super pretty and will add a delicate herbiness to your cocktails.

Did you say cocktails?

Yup. Like, for instance, they’re the star ingredient in the She’s So Into You (sharp and frothy, with a gin base) at Dalston yakitori joint Jidori.

Sounds unbe-leaf-able.

Oh, leaf it out, will you.

Now you know all about shiso, check out 12 things in London to look forward to this spring

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