Everybody has had a cocktail with Mint in it. (If you haven’t then you need to explore some basics like Mojitos and Mint Juleps – and get up to speed fast.) But, have you had a cocktail with Basil, Lavender, or Rosemary? To be honest, the only time we’ve had them is when a mixologist whips up something new for us at the bar. It’s time to bring some of those flavors to our classic cocktails, and make it easy for anybody to do.

Strawberry Basil Smash – Twist on a Strawberry Smash. Recipe

Lavender Lemonade – Sprucing up your Lemonade Stand. Organic Recipe

Rosemary Lime Cocktail – Elevating a classic Vodka Soda. Recipe

• Two basic ways of incorporating herbs into a cocktail are muddling, or including it in a simple syrup. If its leafy – muddle it, if its not – boil it down with equal parts sugar and water.
• Incorporating herbs even as a garnish to your typical cocktails will enhance the flavor just through the scent as you sip it.
• Some people see “Simple Syrup” in a cocktail recipe and go running for the hills, we also suggest using Agave Nectar, which you can pick up at the store.

We’ve heard of other cocktails with Thyme, Parsley and even Cilantro. What have you tried?