Garden To Glass: Sweet Summer Cocktails
Summer is here and so is our favorite way to enjoy homegrown herbs - twilight cocktail hour! Plant nutrition is important, but it's so much better when you can make it fun. From garden to glass, here's a few of our best basil-inspired cocktails. Perfect for a stiff, refreshing drink with friends and family after a long, hot summer day!
BASIL VODKA GIMLET
- 1/2 cup fresh basil microgreens, stems trimmed)
- 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup (2 parts water, 1 part sugar)
- 3 ounces of vodka
- In a metal cocktail shaker muddle (lightly) basil & lime juice *Save a couple of basil microgreens for garnish*
- Add the simple syrup and vodka and then fill with ice to the top of the shaker.
- Shake well until the metal begins to freeze in your hands (about 20-30 seconds).
- Strain into a martini glass, or glass of choice, and garnish with basil leaves. Enjoy!
STRAWBERRY BASIL MARTINI
- 1½ ounces of vodka
- 1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 3 strawberries, washed
- 1/2 cup basil microgreens, stems trimmed
- 1 ounce club soda
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Combine strawberries, basil an de sugar in a metal cocktail shaker and muddle.
- Add vodka and lemon juice and fill with ice to the top of the shaker.
- Shake vigourously for 30 seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with basil leaves, a strawberry slice & enjoy!
HONEY BASIL LEMONADE
- 3-4 basil microgreens with stems
- 1 cup honey simple syrup (1/2 c raw honey boiled with 1/2 c water)
- ¼ cup organic lemonade
- 1 shot bourbon or whiskey
- ¼ cup soda
- 1 lemon slice
- Fill a rocks glass with ice to the top and add one shot of chosen bourbon or whiskey.
- Add lemonade and honey simple syrup and mix gently with a metal spoon or stirrer.
- Add 1 teaspoon of honey simple as a floater, lemon slice and basil leaves as garnish and enjoy!
CUCUMBER BASIL SMASH
1/2 cup basil microgreens (or 8 large basil leaves)
8 thin slices of cucumber
2 tbsp simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water)
2 shots of gin
1/2 lemon juiced
- Granulated sugar for rim
- Make a sugar rim on the glass of your choice by dipping the rim of the glass in water and then quickly into sugar lightly sprinkled ona flat plate.
- Add basil leaves and cucumber in a metal cocktail shaker and gently muddle for just a second to release the aromas.
- Add the simple syrup, gin, lemon juice and ice then shake vigorously for about 30 seconds (*until shaker is frosted).
- Fill your sugar rim glass with ice to the top and strain the cocktail into the glass.
- Top with a splash of tonic water, garnish with basil leaves and/or a slice of cucumber and enjoy!
Our favorite thing about cocktails is how personalised you can craft each drink. There are recipes for meals that you may need to follow to a tee, but when it comes to drinks - it's all about what you prefer. If you want a stronger drink, add more alcohol. If you want a less sweet drink, pull back on the simple syrup.
The most important thing is that you have fun experimenting until you find your perfect formula. Good luck and happy garden mixing, friends. Cheers!
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