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5 Impressive Herbaceous Cocktails Perfect for Summer

Summertime is here, which means it's time to mix up a cocktail, kick back, and relax. If you're tired of the same old, same old, we've got some exciting herbaceous cocktails for you to try. Featuring some delectable herbs, these will really leave an impression while tantalizing your tastebuds.

Here are five impressive herbaceous cocktails that are perfect for summer.

Lillet-Basil Cocktail

via Martha Stewart

Ingredients
1 cup ice, plus more for serving
1/2 cup Lillet Blanc
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) gin
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
Splash of tonic water
1 cucumber spear, for garnish
1 cinnamon stick, for garnish

Method
Put ice, Lillet, gin, orange juice, and basil in a cocktail shaker; shake well. Fill a glass with ice; strain mixture into glass. Add tonic water. Garnish with cucumber spear, cinnamon stick, and basil sprigs.

Raspberry Herb Smash Cocktail

via Sweet Peas and Saffron

Ingredients
6 raspberries
3-4 leaves of your favorite fresh herb- torn mint, basil, lemon balm and sage recommended
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 lime juiced
soda water
1 shot vodka
ice

Method
Combine raspberries, herb and sugar in the bottom of a glass. Muddle until raspberries are completely broken up and mushy. Add juice of half a lime and ice. Top with soda water.

Cilantro Vodka Limeade

via Foodfanatic

Ingredients
1 cup Limeade
2 ounces Vodka, or gin
1 tablespoon Fresh Cilantro, finely minced

Method
Add a few ice cubes to a short cocktail glass, set aside. In a cocktail shaker add a few ice cubes, limeade, vodka and cilantro. Shake until the drink is cold and pour into the prepared glass.

Shiso Mojito

via The Kitchn

Ingredients
1 1/2 ounces Stoli Citros vodka
1 tablespoon brown sugar
4 or 5 fresh shiso leaves
1 teaspoon of zested yuzu rind
juice of 1/4 lime
club soda

Method
Tear the shiso leaves into large pieces (reserving one whole leaf for a garnish) and muddle with the brown sugar and yuzu rind in a mixing glass ("Muddling" is the simple technique of crushing and bruising herbs and fruits to release their essential oils and flavors. Use a cocktail muddler or large pestle if you have one - the back of a spoon will work too). Add the vodka, lime juice, and a few ice cubes and stir. Pour into an old-fashioned glass and top up with club soda and more ice as necessary. Garnish with a shiso leaf.

Thyme Lemonade

via Martha Stewart

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 bunch fresh thyme, plus sprigs, for garnish (optional)
2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 10 lemons)
1 cup gin (optional)

Method
In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, thyme, and 1 cup water to a boil; stir until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, gin (if using), and 6 cups cold water; strain into a large pitcher. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour (and up to 1 week). Serve over ice, garnished with thyme sprigs, if desired.

Especially during the summertime, stores often run out of some of the most useful herbs. When you grow in an Urban Cultivator, you can ensure a steady supply of all of your favorite herbs and microgreens, right at your fingertips.

These greens are only harvested when you need them, helping retain their fresh, vibrant flavors. Urban Cultivator appliances offer a wide variety of microgreens, which means you can spend more time experimenting with cocktails.

What's your favorite herbaceous cocktail? Let us know in the comments section!

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