Have an abundance of fresh herbs in your garden? Throw them in a cocktail! From basil to mint to lavender and more, there’s something for everyone in this round up of fresh herb summer cocktail recipes.
Is there anything better than gardening in the summertime? Fresh veggies from the garden are a summer favorite in our house.
If you don’t have a green thumb or the space for a vegetable garden, herb gardens might be right up your alley! Herb gardens are easy to tend to and don’t require much maintenance. Adding fresh herbs to your recipes really brings a bright flavor to your dishes.
Once you start your herb garden, you’ll find that you will have an overabundance of herbs. They grow quickly! While you can dry them or use fresh herbs in your cooking, you can also use those fresh herbs in summertime cocktails. And that, my friends, is right up MY alley!
The Best Herbs for Summer Cocktails
If you are planning an herb garden for your summer cocktails, there are some staple herbs you should include.
Mint: Mint is probably the most commonly used fresh herb for cocktails. It is cool and refreshing. Mint can be muddled or used as a garnish or infusion. An important tip: Mint is invasive and will spread like crazy, taking over your garden. Put it in a pot and keep it contained.
Basil: Basil is an all-purpose herb that can add great flavor to gin, tequila or rum drinks. Muddle, use as a garnish or create a simple basil syrup to use in cocktails.
Rosemary: Rosemary has a rich, woody flavor and can be added whole or muddled into your cocktail.
Sage: Sage has a very distinct flavor so make sure you use sparingly! Muddled, infused into spirits or prepared in a simple syrup, sage adds a savory level to your drink.
Lavender: Lavender is another herb that you shouldn’t go overboard with! Lavender is best prepared into a simple syrup for your summertime drink.
Another benefit to these herbs? Many of them keep the bugs away! Plant your garden on your deck or patio where you can sip on your cocktail without the bugs.
Cocktails Made with Fresh Herbs
Gin Lemon with Thyme and Basil
The bright and tangy mix of gin, lemon and aromatic herbs thyme and basil, combine all together to make such a refreshing drink that is perfect all-year round.
Mojito Infused Vodka (Low Carb & Paleo)
This is a delicious low carb or Paleo cocktail that is fun to make. The stevia gives it a natural sweetness but no calories. The infusion tastes like a Mojito without the calories or carbs!
Watermelon Rum Cocktail with Basil and Mint
This delicious watermelon cocktail is made with fresh (store bought) watermelon juice, mint, basil, and light rum. It’s the perfect light summer cocktail, and it’s super easy to make.
Rosé Raspberry Sorbet Mimosas
Rosé Raspberry Sorbet Mimosas are a fun cocktail for Mother’s Day, bridal showers, brunch or just a girls get together. These girly cocktails are so easy to make and everyone will love them!
Italian Greyhound Cocktail with Rosemary Sugar
Italian greyhound is a pretty pink gin cocktail made with fresh grapefruit, Aperol liqueur and a sparkling rosemary sugar rim
Grapefruit and Elderflower Cocktail
All you need are 3 ingredients and about 30 seconds to whip up this classic “Frenchie” cocktail with grapefruit, elderflower and gin. It’s so simple, yet so refreshing and delicious.
Blueberry Bourbon Smash
This Blueberry Bourbon Smash is made with a quick and easy blueberry syrup and fresh basil leaves. It’s a blueberry cocktail that’s perfect for hot summer days!
Skinny Cherry & Lime Leaf Margaritas
This skinny cherry margarita made with fresh sweet cherries and fragrant lime leaves is a cocktail you can sip on all summer and not feel an ounce of guilt.
The Rhubarb Spring Fling
The Rhubarb Spring Fling ~ a fruity rum cocktail made with homemade rhubarb simple syrup that makes every day feel like the first day of Spring!
Skinny Lemongrass Mojitos
I hope your herb garden is ready because instead of the basic mint mojito, these are made with lemongrass and basil as well
Strawberry and basil champagne cocktail
This refreshing cocktail takes advantage of fresh herbs and strawberries in a unique and summery party drink.
Tequila Cocktail Strawberry Basil Flavoured
This Tequila Cocktail Strawberry Basil drink is a great way to enjoy the flavors of summer on the patio.
Basil Old Fashioned Cocktail
For a most unique and delicious take on a classic, try this Basil Old Fashioned; it’s sophisticated and delicious!
Lemon Basil Margarita | Creative Culinary
This Lemon Basil Margarita is like opposite day…made in minutes as long as you have the ingredients in the house.
Pineapple Sage Blackberry Mimosa Recipe Best Herbal Cocktail
A Pineapple Sage Blackberry Mimosa is a delicious herbal cocktail recipe using fresh pineapple sage picked from the garden.
Cranberry Sage Cocktail | Creative Culinary
This Cranberry Sage Cocktail is re-created from Seasons, one of my favorite restaurants.
Lemon Basil Gin & Tonic
Lemon Basil Gin & Tonic is how I’m upping my gin and tonic game before the summer is over.
Sparkling Gin and Rosemary Lemonade Cocktail
The Sparkling Gin and Rosemary Lemonade Cocktail will vie with Gin & Tonic to be your favorite summertime libation.
Charred Grapefruit and Basil Gin and Tonic | Sprinkles and Sprouts
This Charred Grapefruit and Basil Gin and Tonic is a must for all G&T lovers.
Blackberry-Ginger Gin Cocktail
This Blackberry-Ginger Gin Cocktail is the ultimate summer drink. Bursting with flavor from blackberries, basil, and ginger beer – yet light and refreshing for those hot, summer days.
Refreshing Basil Cucumber Mojito + More Summer Drinks
A refreshing and delicious take on the classic mojito with cucumbers and basil
Grapefruit Mint Vodka Spritz
Grapefruit Mint Vodka Spritz is easy to make for yourself or for a crowd! It’s the perfect drink for a party.
Strawberry Mint Smash
This summery Strawberry Mint Smash cocktail will get you in the mood for warm weather.
Blackberry Basil Bourbon Smash
A Blackberry Basil Bourbon Smash is going to take your next cocktail hour to the next level of deliciousness.
Blackberry Gin Punch
Muddling some fresh basil, blackberries and of course, gin, with a bit of lemonade will give you the most refreshing summertime libation that you’ve ever had.