By Theresa Russell
Posted On: Jun 15, 2022
Capitalizing on its reputation as the Herbal Capital of Ohio, Gahanna created the Herbal Cocktail Trail. Infusing herbs into a variety of cocktails created specifically for the trail, several establishments shake up their creations to celebrate and share this itinerary.
The cocktails on the trail come from different spots in Gahanna. Several of them are in downtown Gahanna and easily visited by walking. But, beware that quaffing too many of these drinks might make walking difficult. Like me, you can plan according to your tolerance or maybe share the drinks with a friend.
A little birdie told us that some people had completed the trail within a few days after its official launch on Feb. 1, 2017. And how did anybody know this? Well, if you sample just six of the cocktails and get a stamp in your Herbal Cocktail Trail Passport, you can Herbal Cocktail Trailblazer gift.
London Mint Mule from Barrel & Boar
Your passport has a description of each drink, so it's easy to choose which concoctions you'd like to sample. Do you fancy lavender, mint or basil in your drink? There are several options with those ingredients. As for me, I thought it best to give equal consideration and chose a variety of them all.
The special herbal cocktails appeal to all tastes. Some are gin based, others feature wine and even Pimm's. Several contain ginger beer. All, of course, contain an herbal infusion. My favorite? I won't influence you, but I did try several of them.
Pretty in Purple from Mill Stone Tavern, Photo credit: Visit Gahanna, Facebook
The featured seven passport destinations include:
- Barrel & Boar (London Mint Mule)
- Wyandotte Winery (Lavender Lemonade)
- 101 Beer Kitchen (Strawberry Cucumber Caipirinha)
- Nostalgia Brewing (Karma Chamomileon)
- Signatures Mill Stone Tavern (Pretty in Purple)
- Edison Brewing Company (Lavender Lemonade)
- Heart State Brewing (Heart State of Mind)
And they all serve food as well. Not only was the Herbal Cocktail Trail an ideal way to try new concoctions, it also was a way to discover serval local restaurants.
Raise your glass and cheers to the Gahanna Herbal Cocktail Trail!
*Originally posted April 2017, updated for 2022