Burpee's summer cocktails
My favorite thing to do in the summertime is spend time with my friends and family outdoors. But when the temperature keeps rising throughout the day, the heat can be unbearable.
One thing I like to do to cool down is make fun, refreshing drinks for my guests.
With my Burpee herb garden still going strong this summer, my favorite drinks can be made with fresh herbs picked from my own patio!
When I planted my herb garden, I made an effort to use many of the herbs listed in Burpee's Foodie Fresh collection. This collection of herbs and vegetables is perfect for experimenting with new recipes and creating new flavors in any dish - or in my case, cocktails!
Here are some of the recipes I tried out:
2 tbsp agave nectar
1 ½ oz. white rum
1 cup club soda
Place 12 mint leaves and a few lime slices into a tall glass. Muddle these together. Add 2 tablespoons of agave nectar to the glass and fill it ¾ of the way full with ice. Pour 1 ½ oz. of white rum on top of the ice and top off the glass with club soda. Garnish the drink with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint, and enjoy!
Rosemary Gin Fizz
½ tsp agave nectar
1 ½ oz. gin
3 oz. club soda
Place three 1-in. sprigs of rosemary in a glass, as well as the juice from one lemon, and ½ teaspoon of agave nectar. Muddle these in the bottom of the glass. Fill the glass all the way with ice and add in 1 ½ oz. of gin. Fill the rest of the glass with club soda. Give it a stir, garnish with rosemary and a lemon slice, and serve!
Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule
2 oz. vodka
1 can ginger beer
1 tsp agave nectar
Add 5 basil leaves, 4 strawberries and a splash of ginger beer into the glass. Using a muddler, crush these together in the bottom of the glass. Pour in 1 teaspoon of agave nectar, the juice of 1 lime, and 2 oz. of vodka. Fill the glass ¾ of the way with ice. Top off the drink with ginger beer. Add a strawberry and a sprig of basil for garnish.
Fun tip: Copper mugs offer an extra-cool sensation, and are a great accessory to the perfect Moscow mule!
Each of these drinks is a cinch to put together, and so refreshing on a hot summer day! Each recipe makes one serving and should be served fresh. I hope you'll enjoy these tasty recipes as you watch your Burpee herbs grow, too! I know I'll be making these drinks for my friends as long as mine thrive through the season.
Recreate these recipes at home? Don't forget to tag us in your photos at @BurpeeHG!