Fancy a cocktail with a twist? Why not grow your own ingredients!

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Enjoy the summer sun with a cocktail made with ingredients grown in your garden

What better way to enjoy a summer’s evening in the garden than with a refreshing and fun cocktail? Did you know that some of the key ingredients could be right in front of your eyes? Here’s our favourite recipes for herb based cocktails to impress your friends.

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Herby Gin & Tonic

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Add a sprig of rosemary to a classic G&T for a herby twist

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 5 ounces tonic water
  • 3 cucumber slices
  • Sprig of rosemary
  • 1 lime wedge

Place cucumber in the button of your glass and squeeze in some lime. Then lightly crush the cucumber slices with a fork. Next, add ice, a sprig of rosemary and measure in the gin and tonic water. Let your drink infuse and then enjoy!

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Pimms

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Add edible flowers for a pimped up Pimms

Ingredients:

  • 200ml Pimm’s No.1
  • 600ml lemonade
  • Mint sprigs
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Sliced orange
  • Sliced strawberries

Fill a jug with ice and pour over the Pimm’s and lemonade. Then add mint, cucumber slices, orange slices and strawberries. Stir well and serve! For an extra pimped up Pimm’s serve with edible flowers.

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Raspberry Mojito

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For a twist on the classic mojito add raspberries

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon raspberry infused sugar syrup
  • 2 ounces of white rum
  • Sprig of fresh mint
  • 2 lime slices
  • Ice cubes
  • Raspberries to garnish

Start by making the sugar syrup. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add 2 cups of raspberries. Allow the mixture to sit for at least a day so the raspberries can infuse the simple syrup.

Now onto the cocktail. In a cocktail shaker crush lime and mint leaves and add in the raspberry simple syrup and white rum. Add ice and shake until everything is mixed well. Then pour into a tall glass filled with ice and garnish with raspberries and mint.

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Sage Bee’s Knees

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Garnish with extra sage leaves

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce honey syrup
  • 3 fresh sage leaves
  • ice

Start by making the syrup, combine honey and water and simmer in a saucepan until the honey dissolves. Then let it cool to room temperature. Next put gin, lemon juice, syrup, 2 sage leaves and a handful of ice into a cocktail shaker. Stir to dissolve the syrup and then shake well. Then simply strain the cocktail into a glass and serve with a sage leaf.

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Peach and Basil Moscow Mule

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Try this twist on the classic moscow mule

Ingredients:

  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 ounces peach vodka
  • 6 ounces ginger beer

Fill your glass with ice and add the vodka and ginger beer. Then squeeze in lemon and add fresh basil leaves. Stir well and enjoy!

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Lavender Martini

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Don't forget to serve your cocktail in a martini glass

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounce vanilla vodka
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce lavender syrup
  • 1 fresh lavender sprig

First start by making the lavender syrup. Combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan, and simmer until the sugar dissolves. Take off the heat and add dried lavender. Let the lavender infuse and then strain once cool.

Next, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the vodka, lemon juice and lavender syrup. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lavender sprig for a pop of colour.