My recent youtube video is all about foraging for eucalyptus and some really awesome home uses and recipes! I venture out near my home in Los Angeles and collect the "dollar tree" eucalyptus leaves and make different teas, a respiratory steam, dye for clothing and a cocktail called the "Koala Mojito!"
Directions for the "Koala Mojito"
unflavored rum (dark or light)
eucalyptus simple syrup (see directions below)
sparkling water or soda water
8 mint leaves
take your mint leaves and put them in a glass. add half a shot glass of eucalyptus simple syrup. Muddle for a couple minutes. Add a shot glass of lime juic and mix with an ice cube. add a shot and a half-2 shots of rum. Mix. Transfer to a glass with one large ice cube or crushed ice. Top with a generous splash of sparkling water. Garnish with eucalyptus leave.
Eucalyptus Simple Syrup:
6 medium sized eucalyptus leaves
one cup sugar (I use coconut palm sugar)
one cup water
Heat the water until simmering. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Add the eucalyptus leaves and simmer rigorously until syrup starts to form (5-8 minutes) You want the consistency of thin maple syrup. Transfer to blender and blend until eucalyptus leaves are pulverized. Transfer to a container and let completely cool before use.
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