At Anise, a bar in Beirut, Lebanon, beloved local herbs like za'atar, sage and rosemary are making their way into cocktails. "We want to do something fresh in our cocktails," says co-owner Marwan Matar. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Alice Fordham/NPR

Put An Herb In It: Lebanon's Fresh Approach To Beer And Cocktails

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/425967357/426145978" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Captain Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, is said to have tucked slow-burning fuses into his beard and lit them on fire before plundering towns for gold and rum. Hulton Archive Circa/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Hulton Archive Circa/Getty Images

Homemade bitters with medicinal herbs and roots at the Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth, N.H. Emily Corwin/New Hampshire Public Radio hide caption

toggle caption Emily Corwin/New Hampshire Public Radio

Homemade Bitters Put The Local Bite Back Into Cocktails

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/201516202/204176977" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A sip or a hit? Jack Faller sucks up a bourbon Vaportini at Red Kiva lounge in Chicago. Courtesy of Andrew Nawrocki/Time Out Chicago hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of Andrew Nawrocki/Time Out Chicago

Bartender J.P. Fetherston demonstrates his shaking technique while making a pisco sour at Rappahannock Oyster Bar in Washington, D.C. Karen Castillo Farfán/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Karen Castillo Farfán/NPR

Shaken with splash of malaria drug, please. The original James Bond martini is made with gin, vodka and Kina Lillet, a French aperitif wine flavored with a smidge of the anti-malaria drug quinine. Karen Castillo Farfan/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Karen Castillo Farfan/NPR

Three of Josh Berner's fat-infused cocktails. From left: Play It Sam, United Colors of Basilton and Chile Manteca Y Dulce. Scroll down for the recipes. Karen Castillo Farfán/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Karen Castillo Farfán/NPR