From Garden to Glass: Herb Cocktails

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Get out your gardening shears  and cocktail glasses because as the saying goes “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!” and we have put together a list of fun, tasty cocktails inspired by fresh garden herbs.

Cucumber Mint Vodka Fizz

Ingredients:

25 mint leaves

1/2 lime cut into quarters

2 teaspoons of sugar

2 ounces vodka

2 tablespoons lime juice

Splash of ginger ale or club soda

Crushed ice

1/4 cucumber, sliced

Directions:

Muddle equal amounts of mint, lime juice, lime slices, and sugar in 2 cocktails glasses.

Fill cocktail glasses with crushed ice until it’s about ¾ of the way full.

Pour vodka over the ice and mint/lime juice/sugar mixture.

Add a splash of either ginger ale or club soda and garnish with cucumber slices.

 

Pineapple Basil Cocktail

Ingredients:

3 basil leaves, shredded

¼ cup pineapple juice

¼ lime

1.5 ounces gin

Club Soda

Ice

1 slices of pineapple

1 slices of lime

Directions:

Muddle basil and lime in cocktail glass.

Pour pineapple juice and gin into the glass.

Add ice and a splash of club soda

Garnish with a slice of lime and a slice of pineapple.

 

Lavender Champagne

Ingredients:

1 bottle dry champagne or sparkling white wine

½ tablespoon dried lavender

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup water

Lavender springs

Directions:

Boil water and sugar in sauce pan, stirring until sugar is dissolved.

Stir in dried lavender and remove from heat.

Let cool.

Strain lavender and refrigerate remaining syrup.

Pour around 5 ounces of champagne into each flute.

Add 1 ½ teaspoons of syrup.

Garnish with lavender spring.

 

Strawberry Herb Wine

Ingredients:

1 bottle rose wine

½ pound strawberries, sliced

20 lemon balm leaves, finely chopped

2 teaspoons rosemary, finely chopped

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid and shake vigorously.

Refrigerate for 48 hours, occasionally shaking.

Strain through a cheesecloth or cloth towel.

Pour into wine glass and serve chilled.

 

Oregano Bloody Mary

Ingredients:

6 ounces tomato juice

2 ounces vodka

A few drops of Tabasco sauce

Dash of pepper

Dash of oregano

Dash of celery salt

A few drops of Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon lime juice

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Strain and serve.

Vodka Thyme Cocktail

Ingredients:

5 sprigs fresh thyme

1 ounce lime juice

1 ounce sugar

2 ounces vodka

Ice

Directions:

Fill a cocktail glass ¾ full with ice and set aside.

Muddle 4 of the thyme sprigs in cocktail shaker.

Add ice, vodka, lime juice, and sugar to cocktail shaker and shake well.

Pour over the ice in the cocktail glass.

Garnish with the remaining thyme sprig.

Whether you’re having folks over to grill out or having happy hour on your deck, these libations are sure to be a refreshing treat! Sound off in the comments below and tell us your favorite herb cocktail recipe!

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