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From Garden to Glass: Fresh Herbs in Cocktails

From Garden to Glass: Fresh Herbs in Cocktails

If you’re anything like me, you know that nothing elevates a cocktail quite like the addition of fresh herbs. There’s just something magical about picking herbs straight from your garden and infusing them into your favorite cocktails.

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The Herb Garden

Whether it’s a small windowsill planter or an expansive backyard garden, having your own herb supply is a game-changer. Basil, mint, rosemary, thyme, and cilantro are just a few herbs that can transform your cocktails from ordinary to extraordinary.

Basil

Basil is like the rockstar of herbs when it comes to cocktails. Its aromatic, slightly peppery flavor adds a refreshing twist to your drinks. One of my favorites is the Basil Smash. Just muddle a handful of fresh basil leaves with some gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup! Then you’ve got yourself a vibrant, herbaceous cocktail that’s perfect for a summer evening or day at the pool.

Mint

Ah, the classic Mojito – it’s like a tropical vacation in a glass. Fresh mint leaves are the key to its success. Muddled with sugar, lime juice, and rum, they release a burst of flavor that makes this cocktail a timeless favorite. Topped with ice and soda water for extra refreshment.

Rosemary

Rosemary may be a common herb in your savory dishes, but it has a special place in the world of cocktails too. For a sophisticated twist, try a Rosemary Gin Fizz. Infuse your gin with rosemary sprigs, add some lemon juice, simple syrup, and a touch of egg white for a frothy finish.

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Thyme

Thyme is a versatile herb that can add depth and complexity to your cocktails. Consider a Thyme-Infused Old Fashioned. Just muddle a sugar cube with a few dashes of bitters and a sprig of fresh thyme, then add whiskey and ice. It’s a modern twist on a classic favorite that’ll leave you wanting more.

Cilantro

Cilantro brings a bright, herbaceous flair to your libations, elevating the ordinary to extraordinary. Whether it’s a zesty cilantro-lime margarita, a cucumber-cilantro gin cocktail, this herb adds an element of freshness that’s nothing short of delicious.

Queen Bee Mixology Herb Favorites

  1. Rosemary Grapefruit Margarita
  2. Pineapple Sage Smash
  3. Strawberry Basil Margarita
  4. Lavender Lemon Drop
  5. Lavender Berry Gin Sour
  6. Strawberry Basil Martini
  7. Rosemary Meets Peaches

There you have it! Whether you’re growing your own herb garden or picking up a bunch from your local market, the addition of herbs can take your mixology skills to the next level. Experiment, get creative, and let your taste buds be your guide.

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Author Meet Kelly Sparks, the creative mastermind and cocktail influencer behind @QueenBeeMixology. While mixology may not be her day job, it is her passion. As the Founder and CEO of VMG Studios, a successful and award-winning creative agency and video production studio, Kelly brings her expertise in creativity to the world of cocktails. As a self-taught and dedicated do-it-yourselfer, Kelly makes the journey to amazing cocktails accessible to everyone. And when she’s not hard at work, you can find her sipping a delicious drink with her husband.

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