Hot and thirsty? Did you once plant shiso and now have baby plants popping up everywhere and taking over your garden? Then let me suggest making shiso juice. It's actually more of a tea and served cold it's very refreshing! It's also the most wonderful shade of vivid magenta pink! Here's all you need:
• About 2 cups shiso leaves, packed.
• About 3 to 4 cups water.
• The juice of one lemon
Bring a pot of water to a boil, then remove from the heat and add all the shiso leaves. Let the leaves steep for about 15 minutes. Strain out the leaves from the water, making sure to give them a good squeeze to get all the delicious flavor out. Add all of the lemon juice and honey to taste and give it a good stir (it's at this point that it goes from purple to vivid magenta). Let cool, then pour into a pitcher and put in the fridge to chill even more. Once it's good and cold serve over ice.
To get even more refreshed I mix the juice with some bubbly mineral water, or even coconut flavored mineral water. So good! The flavor of shiso is pretty hart to describe. Maybe floral and fresh, but earthy at the same time?
I also wanted to mention that I am going to be out of town for two weeks starting on September 2nd. I'm going to leave my store open while I'm away, just please keep in mind when ordering that order's won't be shipped until after September 17th.