To my fellow gardeners out there: are your herbs growing like crazy?! I’ve always had potted plants, but this is the first summer that I’ve had the pleasure of tending to a raised bed, and it’s literally overflowing with aromatic herbs. Our basil is unstoppable, the rosemary is out-of-control and well, you’ve all already seen what lavender’s doing this time of year. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to think of what I can possibly do with all the amazing fresh herbs at hand (a girl can only consume so much pesto), and I think I’ll start enjoying them this weekend in the form of infused cocktails. What better way to soak up the last of summer than by mixing up a pitcher of seasonal freshness, and toasting the night away? I’ve been scouring the web all week long collecting the most mouth-watering recipes, and these 10 are at the top of my list. Click through, and be sure to let me know if I’m missing any must-try concoctions!


1. Lillet-basil Cocktails from Martha Stewart 

2. Pear and Thyme Fizz by Camille

3. Strawberry Thyme Cocktail from All Day I Dream About Food via Huffington Post 

4. Rosemary, Rhubarb and Gin Cocktails from SlowMama

5. Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer from The Kitchn

6. Lemon Lavender Cocktail from Bake Noir

7. Mint, Cucumber and Vodka Cocktails from Martha Stewart 

8. Champagne Cocktail with Mint and Lemon Sorbet from Fresh365

9. Grapefruit Mint Bellini, by Camille

10. Blackberry Mint Cocktails, from Southern Living via MyRecipes.com

13 comments
  1. 1
    Michele Westrick (lovely notes) | August 24, 2012 at 9:02 am

    What I love about this list is all the concoctions are so refreshing. Basil and lemonade are also a great pairing (with or without vodka).

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    caitlindentino | August 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I LOVE summer drinks with herbs, and when I am looking for a new summer combo, I always pull out this list from Lottie + Doof. I guess they aren’t too new anymore since there are only 4 and I loved them all (one of which I shamelessly suggested) — but since they are firmly in the summer camp, they seem new whenever it rolls around again.
    http://www.lottieanddoof.com/2010/06/drink-of-summer-2010-the-nominees-vote/

    Thanks for the reminder for a few last weekends with delsiously summery drinks!

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  3. 3
    C. C. Cedras | August 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    What fun! Yes, my herb beds are a riot — thanks for the great ideas for incorporating them into such refreshing cocktails!

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  4. 4
    Debra | September 13, 2012 at 10:06 am

    beautiful and wonderful ingredients

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    Caroline | September 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    lavender bee’s knees is awesome too. 600ml gin + 2 C hot water infused with lavender, then strained, then mixed with 1 C honey, + 1 cup fresh lemon juice.

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    sarah | September 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    LOVE this! Added a link to this page on my blog 🙂

    Reply
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