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Garden Cocktails

With spring well on it’s way and gaining those extra hours of daylight, it’s time to spend more time out in the yard. My husband, Greg, and I love to have a lush garden full of fresh vegetables and herbs.

Having a variety of fresh herbs on hand is wonderful, especially if you like to cook or experiment with different flavors and recipes. An herb garden is something that you can easily plant in any sized yard and can utilize for so many wonderful things like cooking, cleaning, medicinal purposes, the list goes on. Plus, there is definitely a difference using fresh vs. dried that’s for sure.

Did you know that fresh herbs are wonderful enhancements to your favorite cocktail recipes or a great garnish for those non-alcoholic drinks such as lemonade and teas. Pictured here is what we like to call the “Melissa Special”. For all those grapefruit lovers, it’s a skinny version of a greyhound and makes for a perfect garden cocktail.

Recipe:
2 oz vodka
Sparkling water – I prefer lemon, orange or plain flavored
Ruby red grapefruit juice
Snip some fresh herbs from your garden and viola – you have a beautiful garnish and a boost of flavor taken right from your backyard!

We added fresh lemon verbena (on the right) and fresh mint (on the left). It boosted the flavors and added the perfect touch to an already tasty refreshment. The aroma of the lemon verbena quickly brought us back to summer while we enjoyed relaxing in the backyard with the pups.

Looking for other inspirations to add to your adult beverages? You can also add basil, lavender, lemongrass, and cilantro.  Cheers!