Beyond the Drink: Shawn Lickliter’s Lemon Verbena (S8/Ep.02)

Shawn Lickliter is considered one of LA’s most respected, talented, and innovative wine and spirits professionals. Since 2014, he has been the Beverage Director for Chefs Walter and Margarita Manzke’s properties including République, Manzke, Bicyclette Bistro, Petty Cash Taqueria, and Sari Sari Store. Shawn often takes inspiration from the Farmers Market, which is reflected in the cocktail he shares with us in this episode. His Lemon Verbena cocktail gets a seasonal lift from a homemade lemon verbena yogurt syrup! Shawn shines a light on a nonprofit born out of the pandemic called No Us Without You– an organization that provides food security for the undocumented immigrants who are the backbone of the hospitality industry in the greater Los Angeles area. Enjoy this episode as we go Beyond the Drink… with Shawn Lickliter.  (cocktail recipe below)


Lemon Verbena

Makes 1 cocktail

1.5oz gin, such as Fords Gin

.5oz Limoncello

.75oz Lemon Verbena Yogurt Syrup (recipe below)

.75oz Lemon Juice

1.5oz Club Soda

Combine all ingredients except club soda in a mixing tin with ice and shake. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass and top with club soda.


For the Lemon Verbena Yogurt Syrup:

250ml Lemon Verbena Tea Syrup

250ml Straus Dairy Whole Milk Plain Yogurt

Combine in a bowl. Stir until well incorporated.


For the Lemon Verbena Syrup:

250g Hot Water

250g Cane Sugar

10g Lemon Verbena 

Steep Lemon Verbena in hot water for 5 minutes. Strain and stir in the sugar until dissolved.


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