5 Cocktails Made from Your Garden

There’s little in life more satisfying than growing your own fresh fruits, veggies and herbs. So why not enjoy them in exciting and interesting ways? Here are five flavour-packed cocktails you can make with items straight from your garden.

1. Gin basil lime smash

This tangy twist on a traditional basil smash uses lime for a perfectly tart herbal cocktail. Easily switch out gin for vodka based on your personal preference, or offer both if you’re entertaining.

  • 2 parts gin
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 part simple syrup
  • 4 fresh basil leaves


Gently muddle basil and lime juice. Add gin and simple syrup, and shake over ice. Strain and serve on the rocks.


2. Jalapeno cucumber margarita

Just the right balance of spicy pepper with cool cucumber, this zesty margarita is packed with fresh fruit juice and veggies—so much that it could almost be a side item on its own.

  • 2 parts tequila
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1 part fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 part simple syrup
  • 1 slice jalapeno
  • 3 slices cucumber
  • 1 lime wedge
  • kosher salt


Mix tequila, lime, orange, simple syrup, jalapeno and two cucumber slices. Infuse for approximately one hour. Serve on the rocks in a salt-rimmed glass with a lime and cucumber garnish.

3. Blueberry mint vodka lemonade

A fruity, fresh take on a summertime favorite, this lemonade packs a punch. If you’re trying to impress, consider topping this cocktail with a champagne float for added pizzazz.

  • 2 parts blueberry vodka
  • 2 parts fresh lemonade
  • 5-10 blueberries
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 1 lemon slice


Muddle berries and mint. Add vodka and lemonade. Stir, strain and serve on the rocks with a lemon garnish in a champagne flute.

4. Lemon rosemary bourbon sour

For bourbon lovers in need of something fresher than a traditional Old Fashioned, try this citrus and herb-infused sour. Keep any remaining rosemary simple syrup ready for other fun cocktails later in the week.

  • 2 parts bourbon
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1 part rosemary simple syrup
  • 1 rosemary sprig


For rosemary simple syrup, bring equal parts water and sugar to a boil with three sprigs of rosemary. For cocktail, mix liquid ingredients and serve on the rocks. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.


5. Watermelon champagne

This perfectly simple sparkler is ideal for a party. With only two ingredients and two optional garnishes, you’ll be able to stay focused on your guests, not playing bartender.

  • 1 watermelon, freshly pureed
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine or champagne
  • 1 basil or mint leave
  • 1 lime wedge


Fill a champagne flute half full with watermelon puree. Top with sparkling wine or champagne. Garnish with mint or basil leaves and lime wedge.

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