How To Drink A Hierbas

By Danny Kay Illustration by Ernesto Kofla August 2017 LIFESTYLE Read in PDF format N15/2017
How To Drink A Hierbas It’s the islands liqueur, the smooth amber nectar made with herbs and aniseed that is served everywhere in Ibiza, from the lowly kebab shop to the high altar of VIP society. It’s an acquired taste but a very addictive one. It’s easy to drink and its high alcohol content can leave even the hardened partygoer with a very distinct Ibiza style hangover. Invented by Balearic Monks in the Middle Ages for medicinal purposes, it is said to relieve coughs and rheumatism along with being an excellent digestive Here is our guide on how to drink a Hierbas like a connoisseur…

The traditional way to drink Hierbas is over two cubes of ice and served in a small brandy glass so that your nose can smell the sweetness and quality of the herbs contained in the drink. While most local restaurants will serve you the branded bottled Hierbas, some will have their own homemade Hierbas contained in a large square bottle with a brass tap at the bottom. This is the one you need to ask for. Local tradition has it that the best Hierbas is made from herbs that are picked on the night of a full moon. So if you can track down a bottle of this you are the Indiana Jones of Hierbas exploration. Only one bar on the island is legally licensed to sell its own homemade Hierbas. The famous Bar Anita in San Carlos and it’s well worth a trip up North to sample its legendary delights. In recent years, the Hierbas ‘chupito’ has gained popularity as a drink to say thank you for your custom and a beginning of new friendship. When toasting a Hierbas ‘chupito’, it is important to look into the eyes of the other person when raising your glass.

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