Fennel gives cocktails a hint of licorice flavor. But it’s also one of those ingredients that brings the fresh farmers market feel to your glass. Here are a few fennel cocktails to try!
Cat’s Pajamas ~ Fennel-infused honey is the star of this gin and cucumber cocktail inspired by the classic Bee’s Knees cocktail.
Seven Foals Cocktail ~ This aquavit-based citrus cocktail gets creative with anise, fennel, and caraway flavors.
Rhubarb-Fennel Cocktail ~ The grassy, tart flavor of rhubarb combines with a fennel-infused vodka for a refreshing spring drink.
Fennel Fizz ~ A savory cocktail made with Green Chartreuse gets an assist from fennel and an herbal lemon syrup.
Fennel Lemon Crunch ~ Fennel syrup and basil make a great team in this vodka cocktail. (Although I’m not sure what the “crunch” refers to …)
Bonkers Awesome Grapefruit Cucumber Cocktail from Joy the Baker
Stay cool as a cucumber this summer with a cucumber cocktail … or two. Whether your garden is overflowing with these little guys or you pick some up at the market, they’re a light and lovely addition to summer drinks.
Cucumber Mojito ~ Take the classic cool Mojito and add the refreshing power of cucumber.
Eastside Rickey ~ If you’re more of a gin person, then this cucumber-enhanced cocktail would be a good choice if you’re in the mood for a summery Mojito-like drink.
Cucumber Margarita ~ Pair this one with a warm summer night and a spicy meal on the patio.
Bonkers Awesome Grapefruit and Cucumber Cocktail ~ Cucumber’s delicate flavor is combined with grapefruit and ginger beer for an exciting gin cocktail.
Cucumber and Basil Slush ~ This frozen vodka cocktail shows off the way cucumber and basil are the perfect pair.
I have three tomato plants fully loaded with sweet summer tomatoes. I never ever get sick of fresh tomatoes, but I’m always looking for new ways to use them in food … and cocktails. Aside from the Bloody Mary, there are many other ways to drink your tomatoes. Here are some recipes for garden-fresh tomato cocktails.
La Tomatina ~ Though this gin drink shares a few ingredients with the Bloody Mary, the addition of sherry gives it a unique character.
Tomato Martini ~ This recipe offers a slightly sweet twist on the classic Martini by using tomato-infused gin and adding a splash of Lillet.
Tomato Margarita ~ Fennel salt on the rim is a nice touch for this sweet and savory summer take on the Margarita.
Tomato Gin Cobbler with Peaches and Basil ~ Peaches and basil are summer’s other amazing flavors, so it makes sense that they’d mix together so well for a refreshing summer drink.
Heirloom Tomato Mojito ~ Tequila, tomatoes, basil and a touch of balsamic vinegar transform this warm-weather classic into a whole new cocktail.
Photo by Jackson Stakeman
Hibernating Honey Bear from In Sock Monkey Slippers
I have a giant sage bush in my backyard that I completely ignore. It just gets bigger and happier every year, so I’m looking for new ways to use sage. The savory herb isn’t common in cocktails, but it adds a lovely and unique flavor. If you want to give sage a chance, here are some drinks to try.
Wilderness Prophet ~ Sage, gin, Green Chartreuse, Meyer lemon and chamomile combine for maximum effect in this seasonal cocktail.
The Hibernating Honey Bear ~ Bourbon, honey and sage make for an earthy drink with a hint of sweetness.
Euphoria ~ Elderflower and sage are a delightful match. Add in some gin, and you have a party.
Sage Sucker ~ Sage and honey team up again, with lemon vodka adding the kick this time.
Sage, Elderflower & Cucumber White Sangria ~ Elderflower makes another appearance, with cucumber and white wine adding to the Spring fun.
Apricot-Whiskey Smash from Chow
There’s definitely a “countdown to fall” feeling in the air, but it’s still summer. And that means access to delicious, ripe fruit. What to do with said fruit? Surprise, surprise … I am going to say: Put it in a cocktail! I grew up with an apricot tree outside my bedroom window, so this particular summer fruit is special to me.
Apricot-Whiskey Smash ~ One of the best ways to use fresh stone fruit in a cocktail is to smash it with some liquor. A little Cointreau and rich simple syrup perk up the apricot flavor, while rye provides the boozy goodness.
Apricot Mojito With Lemon Balm ~ Another good way to have fun with fruit is the Mojito. Lemon balm is an intriguing herb choice that adds another new element to this old favorite.
Peach-Apricot Lillet Fizz ~ Juice those sweet little fruits and let Lillet add some delicate flair to your drink. Garnish with cardamom sugar for a multi-layered cocktail.
It’s That Thyme ~ The bourbon-and-fruit smash gets a gourmet upgrade with thyme, quince paste and a few dashes of orange bitters.
Apricot and Mint Cocktail ~ A nice floral gin and mint accent the fresh flavor of apricots in this backyard sipper.