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Shiso Syrup Blog

Mixology Monday: HVSF Shiso Negroni

Aki Snyder

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We thought we'd kick off 2018 with a classic cocktail, the Negroni, but with our shiso twist. 

The Negroni dates back to the turn-of-the-century and is said to have been invented in Florence, Italy. Traditionally, the cocktail is made by mixing gin, vermouth rosso, and Campari to produce a beautiful deep ruby red cocktail. We replace the vermouth with red shiso syrup to enhance the red color of the drink, whilst also giving the cocktail a citrusy kick. Delicious AND Beautiful! 


  • equal parts: Gin, Campari, and Red HVSF Shiso Syrup

Mix all three ingredients in a cocktail mixer with ice. Strain drink and either serve on the rocks or chilled & strained. Also serve with a nice citrus wedge for garnish. Enjoy! 

Mixology Monday: HVSF Shiso Samurai Martin

Aki Snyder


With the holidays approaching, we thought we'd feature this beautiful drink that will be a festive hit at any party this season! Inspired by a "French Martini," our "Shiso Samurai Martini" makes use of gin and Chambord, but we've added a twist by including our Red Shiso Syrup as a fruit juice substitute. 

This fruity martini not only looks gorgeous, but it tastes delicious! 


  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Red HVSF Shiso Syrup
  • Lime garnish & Squeeze

Mix all four ingredients in a cocktail mixer with ice. Strain drink and serve straight up with a nice lime wedge for garnish. Enjoy! 

Mixology Monday: HVSF Shiso Syrup Hot Toddy

Aki Snyder


Welcome one and all to Hudson Valley Shiso Farm's very first Mixology Monday (or #MixologyMonday) cocktail post. With the weather starting to get colder, we thought we'd kick this off with our "Shiso Hot Toddy" recipe.

A "hot toddy," also sometimes referred to as a "hot whiskey," is a hot mixed drink typically made from whiskey, water, honey/sugar, tea, and spices. In addition to being delicious -- especially on a cold day -- hot toddies are thought to be good for colds since they can relieve cold/flu symptoms. 

Our hot toddy differs from most in that for the body of our cocktail, we use hot apple cider instead of water, tea, and honey. This change gives the cocktail a distinct autumn feel. Shiso hot toddies are our drink of choice on a cold day and we hope it will be yours too!


  • 1.5 oz Bourbon (we used Jack Daniels) 
  • 4 oz Apple Cider
  • Hefty Squeeze of orange juice
  • 1.5 oz red OR green HVSF shiso syrup
  • orange slice for garnish

Heat 4 oz of Apple Cider in a heat safe mug. Add bourbon, orange juice, and shiso syrup. Mix well. You can either drink straight from your mug or carefully transfer the cocktail to your glass of choice. Serve with orange slice as a garnish and enjoy! 

Mixology Monday: A Monthly Guide to Shiso Syrup Cocktails

Aki Snyder

In order to highlight the versatility of our red and green shiso syrup, on the first Monday of each month, we will be introducing "#MixologyMonday" and "#HVSFMixologyMonday." On this day, we will post shiso and Hudson Valley Shiso Farm shiso syrup cocktail recipes on our blog. 

Please stay tuned! 


Getting Ready to Make Our 2017 Vintage of Shiso Syrup!

Aki Snyder

Hudson Valley Shiso Farm is very excited to announce that we are gearing up to begin production on our latest 2017 vintages of Hudson Valley Shiso Syrup! Starting this week, we will be working tirelessly to create our latest blend of red and green shiso juice designed to delight your palates.

In addition to our usual red and green shiso syrups, this year, we are experimenting a bit and developing an all-natural SUGAR FREE version of our red and green shiso syrups!

We hope you're as excited as we are for our new products! Please stay tuned as we will be updating the website and our various social media accounts, in the coming days, regarding the production status of our 2017 vintages of shiso syrup. We will also announce ASAP when the 2017 vintages will be available for purchase!

Thanks for your support!


Red Shiso and Apple Ice Cream

Aki Snyder

I've always wanted to make my own ice cream and a few months back, I decided to play with my mom's ice cream maker. The question for me became: what kind of ice cream should I make? Chocolate? Vanilla? Strawberry? No! I wanted to make something more interesting.  

For this reason, I decided to use some apples my mom had poached with our 2015 Vintage of Shiso Syrup and create a totally original ice cream flavor. For the base of my ice cream, I used a standard recipe. Once the vanilla ice cream was made, I got creative, adding the poached apple. which I chopped up. To give a little extra shiso flavor, I also added some of our syrup straight to the mixture.

In the end, my ice cream adventure was pretty successful. It mainly tasted of vanilla, with chunks of apple, but it had a really lovely light pink hue. A nice and easy way to dress up vanilla ice cream. 

Introducing A New(ish) Product: Green Shiso Syrup!

Aki Snyder

We are very excited to announce our newest product, which is now available for purchase on our website! (Full disclosure: this isn't really a new product for us, but it's new to the website.)

As long as we've been making red shiso syrup, we've also been making a green variety. You may be asking yourself: "if you've been making green shiso syrup this whole time, why are you only advertising and selling it online now?" That is a very good question and the answer is this: we wanted to build our business and establish our product, initially the Red Shiso Syrup, before venturing beyond that. Now that we've been fully operational selling Red Shiso Syrup, we feel ready to expand our market. 

Our Green Shiso Syrup is made with cane sugar, green shiso leaves, our special shiso vinegar, and vitamin C. Just like our red shiso plants, our green shiso plants are raised organically and harvested by hand. 

Our Green Shiso Syrup has a beautiful light green/pink grapefruit color and exhibits a strong shiso flavor - more than our red syrup. Similar to our Red Shiso Syrup, our Green Shiso Syrup is very flexible and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. You can mix it in a cocktail, add it to juice, make ice cream, and much more! 

We hope you'll give our newest product a try and please let us know what you think! Enjoy!


Welcome to Our First Recipe Blog Post!

Aki Snyder

Hello, everyone! Thanks for checking out the newest addition to our website: our recipe blog! We thought this blog would be a fun way for us to share some ideas about how you can use Hudson Valley Shiso Farm's Shiso Juice.

Whilst our homemade and organically grown product is great in drinks -- we love Shiso Gin & Tonics -- you can do so much more than that! We've used our shiso juice to make cranberry sauce, shiso and apple ice cream, shiso poached cherry tomatoes, shiso miso paste, and so much more! 

Through this blog, we hope to share our recipe and culinary experiments with you. We also hope that you'll share your ideas with us!

Please stay tuned for recipe posts! :D