Summer Cocktails: From the Garden to the Glass

By Jason Bodley / Photography By David Johnson | Last Updated June 01, 2013
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Freshen Your Drinks with Homegrown Herbs and Spices Part II

If you’ve got fresh herbs or chilies in your garden, the perfect summer cocktail is just a few steps away. Here are some of my favorites using basil, sage, chocolate mint and jalapeno peppers.  I’ll be pouring these and many more all summer long at Cerulean in Winona Lake. We’d love for you to spend an evening with us this summer.

Note: Each recipe makes one drink.

*Sources: Bitterman’s products available at Citywide Liquors in Mishawaka and South Bend, IN (CityWideLiquors.com/locations.html).  Barritt’s Ginger Beer available at Citywide and at Bambers Superette in South Bend, IN. We suggest calling ahead to verify that products are in stock.

Blueberry Basil Fizz

This drink is fruity, tart, herbal and ultimately refreshing—just right for the season.

Red Plum and Rye

A fresh, clean flavor profile that is subtle enough for summer but complex enough to be an end-of-the-day sipper. This is my kind of last call.

Chocolate Mint Mole Mojito

This drink is perfect for parties if you make it by the pitcher. The chocolate mint takes an old standard and makes it interesting again.

Jalapeño Mezcal Mule

“That sounds interesting. I’ll try it.” This is how people get hooked on this spicy cocktail. It’s hot, but the finish is soothing, which makes you want another sip.

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