All Posts   Posted:   August 1, 2018

Beat the heat and cool down with these delicious cocktails that are perfect for summer and straight from the garden!

Virgin mojito aka lime-mint spritzer

6 large sprigs of mint (stems removed)

¾ cup mint simple syrup

2/3 cup fresh lime juice

Sparkling water or club soda

Put mint leaves in each glass and bruise (muddle) to bring out flavor & aroma.  Fill glass with ice; add lime juice, simple syrup and soda to taste; stir gently.  Garnish with lime slice & mint leaf.

Keep virgin or add an alcohol of your choice!

Makes about a 1 quart pitcher 

Lavender Lemonade

4 Tbsp. (1/4 cup) fresh culinary lavender (hidcote variety is known to turn the drink pink)

2 cups boiling water

2/3 cup sugar

1 ½ cup fresh lemon juice (about 8 lemons)

2 cups cold water

Steep the lavender in 2 cups boiling water for about 15 minutes.  Strain into saucepan, add sugar and cook over med. high until sugar is dissolved. Cool for 10-15 minutes; add lemon juice and cold water to taste.  To serve: can be poured over ice or mixed with seltzer water over ice.

Makes about 1 pint or 6-8 cups

Cucumber-Lime-Mint Agua Fresca

1 lb. of cucumbers (about 2), ends trimmed, leave peel on, coarsely chop

½ cup fresh lime juice (1 lb. of limes or 5-10 limes)

1 ¼ cup packed (spearmint) mint leaves, woody stems removed

½ cup sugar

1 ¼ cup water

Put ingredients in blender, add enough water to fill ¾ of blender; puree until smooth.  Pour puree through a fine mesh sieve or coffee filter, pressing against the sieve with a spatula to extract as much liquid as possible.  

Fill a large pitcher halfway with ice cubes; add juice & serve with sprigs of mint and slice of lime.

Makes about 1 quart. 

Learn more at our upcoming Homegrown Refreshments class- Register today!

Beat the heat and cool down with these delicious cocktails that are perfect for summer and straight from the garden!

Virgin mojito aka lime-mint spritzer

6 large sprigs of mint (stems removed)

¾ cup mint simple syrup

2/3 cup fresh lime juice

Sparkling water or club soda

Put mint leaves in each glass and bruise (muddle) to bring out flavor & aroma.  Fill glass with ice; add lime juice, simple syrup and soda to taste; stir gently.  Garnish with lime slice & mint leaf.

Keep virgin or add an alcohol of your choice!

Makes about a 1 quart pitcher 

Lavender Lemonade

4 Tbsp. (1/4 cup) fresh culinary lavender (hidcote variety is known to turn the drink pink)

2 cups boiling water

2/3 cup sugar

1 ½ cup fresh lemon juice (about 8 lemons)

2 cups cold water

Steep the lavender in 2 cups boiling water for about 15 minutes.  Strain into saucepan, add sugar and cook over med. high until sugar is dissolved. Cool for 10-15 minutes; add lemon juice and cold water to taste.  To serve: can be poured over ice or mixed with seltzer water over ice.

Makes about 1 pint or 6-8 cups

Cucumber-Lime-Mint Agua Fresca

1 lb. of cucumbers (about 2), ends trimmed, leave peel on, coarsely chop

½ cup fresh lime juice (1 lb. of limes or 5-10 limes)

1 ¼ cup packed (spearmint) mint leaves, woody stems removed

½ cup sugar

1 ¼ cup water

Put ingredients in blender, add enough water to fill ¾ of blender; puree until smooth.  Pour puree through a fine mesh sieve or coffee filter, pressing against the sieve with a spatula to extract as much liquid as possible.  

Fill a large pitcher halfway with ice cubes; add juice & serve with sprigs of mint and slice of lime.

Makes about 1 quart. 

Learn more at our upcoming Homegrown Refreshments class- Register today!