Nothing beats fresh, zesty summer cocktails with fresh herbs.
And not just mint! Mojitos are amazing and juleps are grand but don’t be afraid to branch out. Almost any herb can work in the right cocktail: try basil with rum or gin. If you love that spicy, fresh kick of cilantro, sub that in wherever you see mint.
Cheers To Fresh Herb Cocktails
Here are four sensational fresh herb cocktail recipes that will help make the most of the bounty of your herb garden.
Appleton Estate Ginger & Spice
Ginger beer cocktails are often called mules or bucks. This one can be made the traditional way (with mint) or with cilantro for the adventurous cocktail lovers.
2 oz Appleton Estate rum
½ oz fresh lime juice
5 – 10 mint leaves (or cilantro)
4 oz ginger beer
Lime twist (for garnish)
Method: Shake first four ingredients over ice and strain into a highball glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime twist.
Simple, straightforward gin cocktails such as this one are perfect for summer sipping. With its subtle cucumber
and citrus notes, this cocktail is also excellent with shiso leaves instead of basil.
2 oz Hendrick’s gin
1 oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz simple syrup *
8 basil leaves
Method: Add basil to base of cocktail shaker and muddle gently. Add remaining ingredients and shake hard over ice. Strain over an ice-filled rock glass.
The Estate Mojito
This twist on a standard mojito swaps in basil for mint and a splash of lemon-lime pop, instead of the usual soda water.
2 oz Appleton Estate rum
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 tsp white sugar
(superfine, if available)
¼ cup fresh basil
2 oz lemon-lime soda (Sprite or 7-Up)
Basil sprig and lime wedge
Method: Muddle the fresh basil leaves, cane sugar and fresh squeezed lime juice. Add Appleton Estate Signature Blend, pour over ice and top up with Sprite. Garnish with basil and lime.
Reyka New Maid
There’s a reason we like clean spirits like vodka paired with crisp ingredients this time of year—they’re just a little brighter and lighter and more appropriate to the season. This Reyka cocktail can be made with thyme instead of mint to achieve a different flavour profile.
2 oz Reyka vodka
¼ oz simple syrup *
1 oz lime juice
1/8 cup mint leaves
3 thin slices cucumber
Method: Shake and fine-strain into iced rocks glass. Garnish
with a mint sprig poked through a cucumber wheel.
*Simple syrup is pretty simple: In a sauce pan, gently heat one part sugar and one part water until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool. Bottle and store in the refrigerator.
By Christine Sismondo
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