As the temperature rises and the days grow longer, there's nothing like a refreshing, herbal cocktail to help you cool off and savour the summer months. The right blend of fresh herbs can transform a simple cocktail into a tantalising thirst-quencher, bursting with refreshing flavours and fragrant aromas.
In this post you'll find four exquisite herbal alcoholic drinks, but don't think we've forgotten about those looking for a non-alcohol alternative – if you're cutting back on alcohol or prefer non-alcoholic drinks, we've got you covered with some delightful zero-alcohol versions too!
1. Minty Mojito
Let's start with a classic herbal cocktail. A Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball that has gained worldwide popularity, especially during the warmer months. The combination of sweet, citrus, and mint flavours is intended to complement the potent kick of the rum and has made it a summer favourite.
Looking for 0%? Substitute the rum with sparkling water. You'll still enjoy the refreshing burst of lime and mint, without the alcohol.
2. Basil Smash
The Basil Smash is a relatively new addition to the world of cocktails, but it's already a summer classic thanks to its refreshing blend of lemon, gin, and fresh basil. The vibrant green of the basil gives the cocktail an enticing appearance, while its aroma brings a surprising twist to the tartness of the lemon and the botanicals in the gin.
For an alcohol-free version, replace the gin with a high-quality tonic water or a botanical-infused non-alcoholic spirit.
3. Rosemary and Grapefruit Spritzer
If you're looking for something a bit different, the sharp citrus taste of grapefruit pairs wonderfully with the distinct, woody flavour of rosemary. Add vodka, a splash of soda water, and a drizzle of honey, and you have a spritzer that's as thirst-quenching as it is unique.
Zero alcohol? No problem. Leave out the vodka, and you're left with a zesty and refreshing drink that's perfect for any time of day.
4. Lavender Lemonade
Sweet, tangy, and beautifully fragrant, Lavender Lemonade is a gorgeous drink that's perfect for a laid-back summer afternoon. Lavender's distinctive aroma and flavour combine wonderfully with the tangy freshness of homemade lemonade. Add a shot of vodka for an adult version, or enjoy it as is for a family-friendly refreshment.
These herbal cocktails will make your summer days more enjoyable, relaxing, and definitely more flavourful. Perfectly paired with a summer garden party and our scrumptious Herb-Infused BBQ Burgers recipe.
Create your own Herb Cocktail Garden
Remember, fresh herbs can transform a simple drink into an extraordinary one. So why not grow your own herbs? You'll have an endless supply for your culinary adventures and mixology experiments throughout the summer months, take a look at our range of herb collections to get started building your herbal cocktail garden!
Cheers to a fresh and vibrant summer!
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