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Let's Create the Freshest Cocktails
Beyond the sunshine and warm weather, one of the best parts of spring and summer is the bounty of fresh produce. It's easy to take advantage of this and create stunning garden-fresh cocktails.
If you have a green thumb, you might enjoy choosing particular plants to create a bartender's garden. It's a fun activity and creating fresh drinks from produce you grew is especially rewarding. Yet, you don't have to be a gardener to enjoy the freshest drinks of the year. A trip to the... produce market or local fruit and veggie stands is all that's required.
From favorite fruits to lovely herbs and even a few flowers, let's take a look at some impressive garden-fresh cocktails you can mix up at home.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Lilac Lemon Drop Martini
Lilacs are among the first blooms of spring and their sweet fragrance is not the only lovely feature of these flowers. You can harvest those backyard blooms and bring them into your cocktails.
It's actually quite simple and the Lilac Lemon Drop Martini is a perfect example. The lilac flowers are used to make a flavored simple syrup, which is used for this simple vodka cocktail. If you enjoy the floral taste of lavender drinks, you'll definitely want to give lilac a try. Lilac Lemon Drop... Martini recipeContinue to 3 of 11 below.
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The Green Giant
Fresh snap peas and tarragon are the featured ingredients in this simple vodka cocktail. This is another garden-fresh drink to kick off the season because snap peas are among the first veggies of spring and they're really easy to grow.
The Green Giant is fantastically simple. You only need four snap peas and one sprig of tarragon for each drink. To this, a nice organic vodka, honey, lemon juice, and dry vermouth are added. The result is a novel sweetened vodka martini that you'll want to... share. The Green Giant recipeContinue to 4 of 11 below.
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Rhubarb season is a perfect time to bake up a rhubarb crisp, but have you thought about juicing it? A cocktail recipe like the Rhubarb-Rosemary Daiquiri is the perfect excuse to give it a try.
Juicing rhubarb takes a bit of effort, though it's not terribly hard. One taste of the fresh juice will prove it's worth. Better yet, combining it with your favorite rum and a homemade rosemary syrup gives this underestimated ingredient a new life. Rhubarb-Rosemary Daiquiri recipeContinue to 5 of 11 below.
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Celery Cup No. 1
Teeming with fresh ingredients, one trip to the farmers market should set you up perfectly for the Celery Cup No. 1. For this, you will need to gather celery, cilantro, and cucumber.
The cocktail is a play off the famous Pimm's Cup and it includes the British liqueur that shares its name. Yet, it is the organic cucumber vodka that really sets the backdrop for the garden goodness. It truly is the ultimate in "green" cocktails. Celery Cup No. 1 recipeContinue to 6 of 11 below.
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Strawberry Gin & Tonic
Whether you grow your own or discover a local source for fresh strawberries, these are a delightful addition to countless drinks. You could, of course, go for a Strawberry Lemonade or the ever-popular Strawberry Daiquiri, but we're thinking more along the lines of a Gin & Tonic.
This Strawberry Gin & Tonic is simple. It all begins by using those plump, fresh berries to create a simple syrup. From there, choose your favorite bottles of gin and tonic and you're ready to relax on the... patio with a charmingly sweet cocktail. Strawberry Gin & Tonic recipeContinue to 7 of 11 below.
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Garden Patch Smash
A spiked homemade soda that celebrates the garden's berries is just a few ingredient away. The hardest part of the Garden Patch Smash may be deciding whether to pour tequila or mango rum. We just can't decide which is better.
The cocktail begins with another homemade syrup as these are one of the best ways to prolong the taste of fresh produce. This one is a raspberry-lavender syrup and it's a fun addition to the mix of fresh blueberries, lavender soda, and the liquor you finally... decide on. Garden Patch Smash recipeContinue to 8 of 11 below.
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Watermelon Cucumber Cooler
When the summer heat really ramps up, you have to get a taste for the Watermelon Cucumber Cooler. It is one of the most refreshing summertime cocktails you will find and it never disappoints.
This recipe begins with a fantastic American gin that is light on the juniper. Aviation's floral and citrus notes are the perfect pairing for fresh cucumber and watermelon juice. Add a little soda and some sweet-sour accents and your backyard barbecue is complete. Watermelon Cucumber Cooler recipeContinue to 9 of 11 below.
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This cocktail may be a little too much fun and it's definitely a unique drink. If you're up for a cocktail adventure, simply juice some beets and mix up a Ruby Queen.
Beets are not a common cocktail ingredient whatsoever. You might even expect something plain like vodka to be the liquor of choice, but that's not so. Instead, we choose w a great blended Scotch whisky. It's true, and with a little honey, lemon, and fresh tarragon, it works remarkably well. Ruby Queen recipeContinue to 10 of 11 below.
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Vitamin-packed and boozy, too! The Bugs Cutty is another fun and truly bizarre cocktail recipe and an ideal way to change out a Bloody Mary routine.
This interesting cocktail recipe also uses scotch and, as the name implies, you will need carrot juice. It isn't a gimmicky recipe, though, since it gets further treatment from a classy amaro and a little Chartreuse. This is definitely a taste experience you will not soon forget. Bugs Cutty recipeContinue to 11 of 11 below.
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Sparkling Borage Cocktail
We'll finish off with a lovely and delicate herbal cocktail. This one is as easy to make as borage is to grow in the garden. As a bonus, the plant's pretty blue flowers are edible!
In the Sparkling Borage Cocktail, the flowers are frozen in ice cubes. The herb is also used in a simple syrup. To this, simply add your favorite gin, a touch of elderflower, then top it off with a juniper soda. It's simply enchanting and the ideal cocktail for summer soirees. Sparkling Borage Cocktail... recipe