As summer rolls in, we're all looking for a way to quench our thirst. From sweet to spicy, and tipsy to virgin - use common herbs and ingredients from your garden to create the perfect sip. Wow, your guests with these delightful homegrown concoctions. Did you really need another excuse to have an herb garden…?
Burbon Rosemary Cocktail
8 ounces (1 cup) bourbon
4 ounces (1/2 cup) fresh lemon juice
4 ounces (1/2 cup) Rosemary Simple Syrup
Ice cubes, for shaking
4 small rosemary sprigs, for garnish
Shake bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice, grab old-fashioned glasses with fresh ice, strain the mixture, and Serve cocktails garnished with rosemary sprigs
Strawberry Basil Martini
1 1/2 oz. vodka
juiced 3 strawberries*
8–10 basil leaves
1 oz. club soda
splash simple syrup
Combine strawberries and basil in a shaker and muddle. Add vodka, lemon juice, club soda, and simple syrup (if the strawberries aren’t sweet enough for you). Add ice and shake well. Strain in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge or strawberry!
Blackberry Jalapeño Marg
2 oz Tequila
1 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Handful of berries
1 oz Lime Juice
Muddle blackberries with lime juice and strain, shake together with ice, Cointreau, and simple syrup. Strain over fresh ice (salt or sugar rim optional)
1 tbsp sugar
small bunch of mint
juiced soda water
Muddle the sugar with leaves from the mint using a pestle and mortar (or use a small bowl and the end of a rolling pin). Put a handful of crushed ice into 2 tall glasses. Divide the lime juice between the glasses with the mint mix. Add a straw and top up with soda water.
Creating these cocktails is the perfect way to spend more time outside, from growing your garden to hosting homegrown cocktail parties.