Summer is all about making the most of long days and beautiful weather, and inevitably that includes firing up the barbeque and sitting by the pool with a refreshing drink! If you’re looking to spruce up your drink-making skills, have you considered checking out your herb garden for ideas? There are many different kinds of drinks that can show off the sweeter side of your plants, and we’ve come up with six unique ones to inspire you.
Grapefruit Rosemary Lemonade
Nothing says summer like lemonade, right? Well, not only is this drink non-alcoholic, but it’s easy to make and super-refreshing. Mix together a splash of grapefruit juice with lemonade, a thin slice of lemon, and a sprig of rosemary for a dash of extra sweetness.
This drink can be made with or without vodka or rum. Mix together pineapple, orange, and grapefruit juice, add some ground lime zest and then finish with ginger before stirring well together. Don’t forget the crushed ice for a fantastic poolside drink that really lives up to its name!
Saffron Peach Iced Tea
What do you get when you add peach slices, basil leaves, saffron, and iced tea? Perfection! Ideal for a meal with family, this delicious peach idea tea is refreshing and easy to make. It looks beautiful when serving too and is a great way to use up some basil if you happened to grow too much.
Strawberry Basil Champagne Cocktail
Looking to do something fancy for a special occasion this summer? You can’t beat a strawberry basil champagne cocktail. Chopped fresh strawberries, a tablespoon of confectioner’s sugar, 6-8 large basil leaves, a splash of New Amsterdam gin, and white grape champagne make for one of the most summery-tasting and refreshing drinks on our list.
Orange Thyme Mocktail
This is one of the easiest to make drink recipes on our list, and it’s incredible how great it tastes! Peel and de-seed six small oranges. Then, mix with a tablespoon of thyme, half a teaspoon of orange extract, and four cups of pure coconut water for a tropical and citrusy treat. Mix with your choice of alcoholic beverage for the ultimate kickoff to an evening of summer fun in the backyard.
Your herb garden doesn’t just have to make your meals taste better — it can also lend a hand in refreshing your summer drink and cocktail plans! From barbeques to parties on the patio and everything in-between, these drink recipes offer some great ways to make the most of summer.