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May 16

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Drinking new life from those tired herbs


Hello everyone!  Today’s post is brought to you by  Andrew Odom – author, designer, community manager, homesteader, and (some would say) dreamer.

 Let’s face it. Herbs can become a bit stale sometimes. And no, I don’t mean tasteless or unpalatable from age but rather stale…as in old from familiarity. Most gardeners begin each spring (or continue in the case of all-season gardiniér) with the usual suspects of basil, chives, coriander, dill, fennel, mint, etc. In fact, I wrote about the herb essential here. But it takes a special person to find multiple callings for the flavorful foliages other than culinary, medicinal, or in some cases even spiritual usage. And by that I am talking about libational use of herbs (and some spices).

That’s right. When your whiskey has become a bit too sour or your Manhattan has begun tasting a bit more like the Jersey Shore, you can use those same dainty, delicate, redolent, botanicals for something a little more mature, if you will.

I encourage YOU to use the five recipes listed below to add a little garden spice to your already “nice” (reference to sugar and spice and puppy dog tails, etc….okay, it sounded better when I said it) to old recipe classics.

Cucumber Mint Gin & Tonic


1 drink


2 slices cucumber

3 mint sprigs

3 ounces gin

4 ounces Q organic tonic water

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice


1. Muddle 1 slice cucumber and 2 sprigs mint in highball glass.

2. Fill with ice.

3. Add 3 ounces gin, 4 ounces tonic and 1/2 ounces lime juice.

4. Stir and garnish with a cucumber wheel.

Pepper Basil Caipirinha


1 drink


1 bar spoon white peppercorns

1 bar spoon sugar

1 ounce lime juice

10 basil leaves

2 ounces cachaça

1 basil leaf


1. Muddle 1 bar spoon of white pepper corns and add sugar, 1 lime quartered and basil leaves.

2. Add cachaça and 1 ounce lime juice.

3. Shake the mixture and strain into a rocks glass over ice.

4. Garnish with sprig of basil.

La Vie En Rouge


1 drink


1 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier

1 1/2 oz. fresh pressed cranberry juice (can substitute with bottled cranberry juice)

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz. simple syrup

Fresh rosemary needles


1. In a tall mixing glass, muddle 10-12 rosemary needles lightly with simple syrup.

2. Add remaining ingredients then add ice and shake vigorously.

3. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass with ice.

4. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Kiwi and Cilantro Mojito


1 drink


3-4 sprigs of fresh cilantro

3-4 fresh spearmint leaves

2 slices fresh lime

1 kiwi, peeled and halved

1 tbsp. sugar (or simple syrup)

1 and ½ ounces light rum

Club soda


1. Lightly muddle the cilantro leaves, spearmint leaves, fruit, and sugar together in the bottom of the glass.

2. Add ice, rum, and enough club soda to fill glass.

3. Stir lightly to mix, and garnish with an extra slice of lime.

The Coriandrum


1 drink


2 oz Square One Organic Vodka

1/4 oz Cinzano Bianco Vermouth

splash of coriander nectar (recipe below)

splash of orange bitters

coriander seeds for garnish

lemon twist for garnish


1. Pour the vodka, vermouth, nectar and bitters into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

2. Shake for 30 seconds.

3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

4. Garnish with a few coriander seeds and lemon twist.


Bigger does not always mean better. Progress does not always mean forgetting our roots in order to forge a new future. Blogger, photojournalist, and hobby farmer Andrew Odom has spent much of the last few years rediscovering the lost art of living, growing, and being truly happy. Visit him online at

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  • Spirit Horse Herbals

    Right on you two!

    ~ Kristie

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Kristie! It’s always fun to branch out and try new cocktail recipes especially with ingredients from the garden.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Kristie! I’m sure you’d agree that herbs add so much to our life!

  • Melanie Leone

    Cannot wait to try these botanical concoctions! Great post!!!

    • Anonymous

      Me too Melanie! I think I need to plant more herbs now :)

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for stopping by Melanie!

  • Suzie Salmon

     Fantastic! I love herbs so I cannot wait to try these!!!

    • Anonymous

      Right on Suzie!

  • Chelsea Cartwright

    Ahhh! Your kiwi and cilantro mojito needs to be in my liver like YESTERDAY! I’m so heading to the store to pick up the kiwi, rum and club soda. I’ve got everything else ready to go :)

    • Anonymous

      Hey Chelsea! I haven’t tried that recipe yet so, please, let me know how it turned out. xoxo

  • anotherkindofdrew

     Thank all of y’all so much for making this such a popular post. It was great fun finding these recipes and, of course, trying them. I hope each of you tries, responsibly. HAHAHA. Remember, what happens in the herb box STAYS in the herb box. HAHAHAH

    • Anonymous

      Hahaha! THANK YOU Andrew for making my the first guest post on my little blog and fun one. I totally need to expand my herb garden now!

  • Kathy @nativegardener

    Thanks for these! Can you define “muddle”?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Kathy! To muddle means you combine ingredients at the bottom of a glass with a muddler that looks kinda like a little baseball bat. When pressing down on fresh herbs it releases the essential oils that give the cocktail its botanical flavor. Just don’t over muddle otherwise you’ll have too much “debris” in your drink. Here are some cool muddlers

  • 4bratz2luv

    Yum! Kiwi and Cilantro Mojito is right up my alley! Great guest post. What wonderful uses for herbs! I would have never thought of cilantro in a mojito! Can’t wait to try these out!

  • Bath Soap

    Yes, I am surely try this one.This is new experience for me in drinking .

  • Palma

    Drinking is really essential for us.Thoroughly enjoyed the post. Eagerly anticipating what’s coming next.

    • Anonymous

      Haha! Yes it is Paima!

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