Refreshing Drinks Inspired by Your Garden

A cool drink for a warm evening.

I found these garden inspired adult beverages on Food and Wine’s website. They sound like a perfect cool drink on a warm spring evening.

Thai-Basil Sangria – The Spanish drink sangria draws its name from the blood-red color of its traditional red wine base. This stripped-down version gets its rich golden hue—and zingy flavors—from white wine, fresh-squeezed orange juice and a kick of brandy.
Garden Elixir – Cilantro adds fresh, herbal flavor to this gin cocktail. For even more of a cilantro kick, lightly muddle the leaves in the shaker before adding the ice and gin.
Vodka-Thyme Lemonade – This subtle variation on a Vodka Collins—lemon juice, sugar, vodka and soda—at Perry St. in New York City pairs well with the clean, light flavors in star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Asian-inflected cooking.
Cilantro Cooler – According to Jamie Boudreau, a good aperitif often hints at the meal that will follow. This light, summery cilantro-spiked drink—which Boudreau likes to mix with a eucalyptus-infused simple syrup—would be a great lead-up to Mexican food.
Cinque Terre – This bubbly, citrusy drink is named after the famous cluster of five villages perched on a stretch of cliffs on the northwest coast of Italy.
Basil Limeade Slushies –  A splash of soda water makes these tart slushies pleasingly bubbly. With a little rum, they’d also make great cocktails.

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About Chef Ro

I am executive chef of Barcellona Bites, a boutique catering and personal chef service in Folsom, CA. I am also a wife, mom of two college-aged daughters in the Pacific Northwest, yogi and animal lover. Please LIKE my facebook page for tasty recipes, helpful information and kitchen, cooking and lifestyle tips. www.facebook.com/barcellonabites
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