5 Cocktails Made from Your Garden

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There's little in life more satisfying than growing your own fresh fruits, veggies and herbs. So why not enjoy them in exciting and interesting ways? Here are five flavour-packed cocktails you can make with items straight from your garden.

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1. Gin basil lime smash

This tangy twist on a traditional basil smash uses lime for a perfectly tart herbal cocktail. Easily switch out gin for vodka based on your personal preference, or offer both if you're entertaining.

  • 2 parts gin
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 part simple syrup
  • 4 fresh basil leaves

 

Gently muddle basil and lime juice. Add gin and simple syrup, and shake over ice. Strain and serve on the rocks.

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2. Jalapeno cucumber margarita

Just the right balance of spicy pepper with cool cucumber, this zesty margarita is packed with fresh fruit juice and veggies—so much that it could almost be a side item on its own.

  • 2 parts tequila
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1 part fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 part simple syrup
  • 1 slice jalapeno
  • 3 slices cucumber
  • 1 lime wedge
  • kosher salt

 

Mix tequila, lime, orange, simple syrup, jalapeno and two cucumber slices. Infuse for approximately one hour. Serve on the rocks in a salt-rimmed glass with a lime and cucumber garnish.5-Cocktails-Made-from-Your-Garden-3

3. Blueberry mint vodka lemonade

A fruity, fresh take on a summertime favorite, this lemonade packs a punch. If you're trying to impress, consider topping this cocktail with a champagne float for added pizzazz.

  • 2 parts blueberry vodka
  • 2 parts fresh lemonade
  • 5-10 blueberries
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 1 lemon slice

 

Muddle berries and mint. Add vodka and lemonade. Stir, strain and serve on the rocks with a lemon garnish in a champagne flute.5-Cocktails-Made-from-Your-Garden-4

4. Lemon rosemary bourbon sour

For bourbon lovers in need of something fresher than a traditional Old Fashioned, try this citrus and herb-infused sour. Keep any remaining rosemary simple syrup ready for other fun cocktails later in the week.

  • 2 parts bourbon
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1 part rosemary simple syrup
  • 1 rosemary sprig

 

For rosemary simple syrup, bring equal parts water and sugar to a boil with three sprigs of rosemary. For cocktail, mix liquid ingredients and serve on the rocks. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

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5. Watermelon champagne

This perfectly simple sparkler is ideal for a party. With only two ingredients and two optional garnishes, you'll be able to stay focused on your guests, not playing bartender.

  • 1 watermelon, freshly pureed
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine or champagne
  • 1 basil or mint leave
  • 1 lime wedge

 

Fill a champagne flute half full with watermelon puree. Top with sparkling wine or champagne. Garnish with mint or basil leaves and lime wedge.

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