"each and every bottle of Hierbas is protected by the Regional Designation of Origin"
Nevertheless, the appeal of Hierbas doesn’t only lie in its strength-giving – in fact, its continued popularity over a period of hundreds of years can only be explained by the fact that it’s the embodiment of timeless taste. Produced using a selection of herbs and botanicals that grow all over Ibiza, each bottle includes anything between 12 and 20 plant species, including rosemary, thyme, fennel, juniper, mint, chamomile, lavender, oranges and lemons, and even rue, which was once considered so potent people would wear it on their belts to scare away witches!
Once a flavour combination has been chosen – every family in Ibiza has its own favourite, secret recipe – anise liqueur is added to the concoction and then it’s all left to infuse for a few months to develop in intensity. The process for mass producing the drink is slightly different, of course, but regardless of the outcome, each and every bottle of Hierbas is protected by the Regional Designation of Origin, which means that if you want to call your creation Hierbas Ibicencas, the drink has to have been made in Ibiza, using Ibiza botanicals – except the anise, which strangely must be imported from mainland Spain.