There’s something for everyone in this round up of fresh herb summer cocktail recipes. Basil, mint, lavender and more. Which drink will you try first?
How’s your summer going? We’ve enjoyed some relaxing days at the lake and we’ve also had some busy days working on projects around the yard. Who knew staining a fence could be so hard on the body? I guess I forgot. Next, we’re tackling our front porch. It’s a straightforward project that shouldn’t take more than a weekend. Hopefully that will be the end of our outdoor improvement projects for the season.
Instead, we’d rather soak up all of the goodness summer still has to offer. You know, take a step back from the busyness of life to relax or see where our adventurous sides take us. The way I see it, summer weekends are for picnics, hiking in the mountains, evening chats around the fire or taking in farmers’ markets. Of course, puttering around the yard or simply laying back in our loungers are good options too.
Summer is also about eating fresh and wholesome food straight from the garden. Fresh peas, plump raspberries, spinach made into pesto… I can’t get enough of it. And, enjoying a refreshing and delicious summer cocktail or two doesn’t hurt either. It’s important to stay hydrated, after all ;)
I like to play around with my summer cocktail ingredients. Snip a little bit of this and a little bit of that from my herb garden to come up with new concoctions. I tend to grow way more herbs than we need (I also grow herbs indoors), so it’s my duty to find new ways to use them up, right? Take mint, for instance. It grows like a weed.
If you’re in the same boat and have rosemary, basil, cilantro, lavender or other herbs to use up, you’re in the right place. Herbs are where it’s at when it comes to crafting a tasty and beautiful drink. I hope you’ll be inspired by my summer cocktail recipes that use fresh herbs. I’m also sharing more drink ideas from some of my fellow food bloggers, so stop by and check those out too. Try one or try them all. There’s still plenty of summer left to make your way through the list. Enjoy responsibly, of course ;)
Fresh Herb Summer Cocktail Recipes
This charred lime gin and tonic with cilantro by Sprinkles & Sprouts sounds absolutely divine! A bit sweet, a bit smoky and a bit sour. Yum!
Another take on classic gin and tonic is this cucumber and rosemary gin cocktail. The watermelon radish garnish makes it so pretty!
Still one of my best-loved summer drinks is this basil cucumber mojito. So refreshing and low in calories!
Looking for a sugar-free summer drink idea? This berry vodka cocktail with fresh basil by Veggies Save the Day looks like it packs a flavour punch.
And, of course, you can’t go wrong with a blueberry basil moscow mule. A fresh take on a classic cocktail.
This rosemary and cucumber infused ginger beer by Recipes from a Pantry is a tasty option for the non-drinker. Love anything with ginger!
Another idea is this rosemary-infused fresh grapefruit spritzer I shared last summer. Love the sweet and tangy taste of the citrus juice cut with the subtle earthy flavour of rosemary.
I must try this elderflower grapefruit gin and tonic by The Forked Spoon. Love the combination of sweet grapefruit juice, fragrant rosemary, and elderflower liqueur.
Last month, I shared my Lavender & Blackberry Sparkling Lemonade. Just a hint of lavender and sweetened with honey. Such a fresh summer cocktail!
What about a cherry, berry and basil margarita from Coupon Clipping Cook? Can’t beat this blended cocktail with salted rim.
Of course, we can’t talk about summer cocktails without mentioning mint. This mint strawberry whisky smash from Yay for Food is calling my name!
The royal wedding brought the classic Pimm’s cup cocktail back into the spotlight. Whip up a Pimm’s cocktail jug with fresh mint for your next summer party. Doubles as a snack ;)
This kiwi lime mint sangria from The Sweetest Occasion is another summer cocktail pitcher idea. Love that energizing green colour!
With strawberry season upon us, why not try this honey strawberry basil smash?! It’s super light but big on flavour!
This bourbon mint lemonade cocktail is a bit tart, a bit sweet, and oh-so-delicious. Made with only a handful of simple and fresh ingredients, it’s the perfect herb drink to savour this summer!
Lastly, I have to share this fresh pineapple mojito recipe from Veggies Save the Day. Couldn’t you go for one right now? Hello yellow!
That’s it for my cocktails with fresh herbs list. Which one will you try first?
Be sure to add these herb drink recipes to your boards on Pinterest.
All that’s left to say is, “Cheers to an amazing summer!”