11 Garden Cocktail Recipes: Cheers to Fresh Produce!

Strawberry-Basil Smash
Photo: Matt Armendariz

Get ready to drink your own garden. Using fresh produce, herbs, and even edible flowers from your garden, you can create fantastic spring cocktails, summer cocktails, and even vegetable cocktails. Not much of a green thumb and worried you can't grow your own cocktail? The produce department of the grocery store should have you covered. Take advantage of seasonal picks to make these cocktail recipes.

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Spanish Gin Tonic

Spanish Gin Tonic
Victoria Pearson

A Spanish-style gin tonic (no"and" here) is the perfect customizable cocktail. Use whatever fresh herbs you have in the garden along with some citrus, cucumber, and spices. For a traditional cocktail experience, serve this up in a balloon glass so your nose gets the herbal aroma with the first sip.

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Strawberry-Basil Smash

Strawberry-Basil Smash
Matt Armendariz

Strawberries and fresh basil scream summer. This fresh fruit cocktail drink recipe by cookbook author Gaby Dalkin can be used with vodka, tequila, or white rum. Alcohol-free? Skip the booze and just use sparkling water.

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Whiskey-Beet Cocktail

Whiskey-Beet Cocktail
Blaine Moats

That's right: a beet cocktail! The (almost) too pretty to drink whiskey cocktail starts with a homemade beet and sage shrub. Muddle in some fresh sage to your shaker for even more herbal flavor.

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Summer Fruit Daiquiri

Summer Fruit Daiquiri
Scott Little

The best part about this easy fruit cocktail recipe is that it can go any way you like. Craving a strawberry daiquiri recipe? Or maybe a peach daiquiri is more your speed. No matter your route, this summer drink is the refreshing sip you'll be craving all season.

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Celery Tonic

Celery Tonic
Andy Lyons

It's easy being green with this gorgeous garden cocktail in hand. Five ingredients (including homemade celery juice) tossed in a cocktail shaker create this fresh cocktail recipe.

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Tomato-Bacon Sipper

Tomato Bacon Sipper
Andy Lyons

Forget the canned tomato juice. You can muddle fresh tomatoes to pack a bigger tomato punch in your cocktail recipe. Garnish with tomato slices and a lettuce leaf to add even more garden goodness to the drink recipe. We added a strip of bacon to make it the ultimate brunch cocktail!

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Kale Daiquiri

Kale Daiquiri
Blaine Moats

Kale: It's not just a healthy leafy green for salads and health nuts. Here, we whirl it with lime juice and rum for a blended cocktail recipe that has some actual nutritional value. How many other cocktails have you had pack 3 grams of fiber?

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Mango Margaritas

Mango Margaritas
Andy Lyons

Sure, we all love a lime or strawberry margarita, but a mango margarita recipe is our current crush. In case you're not a fan of cutting into those tricky fruits, opt for purchased refrigerated slices. But if you're mango savvy, definitely go the fresh route for that intense mango flavor.

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Strawberry and Sage Shrub

Strawberry and Sage Shrub
Andy Lyons

If you're new to the shrub world, it's a syrup made of fruits, aromatics, sugar, and vinegar. Our homemade strawberry shrub gets some champagne for a bubbly cocktail recipe with fresh garden herbs.

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Cucumber Sangria

Cucumber Sangria
Karla Conrad

This cooling cucumber drink recipe might be your new favorite sangria recipe. Allow this garden cocktail ample time to chill so the wine can take on plenty of honeydew and cucumber flavor.

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Melon-Basil Sparkler

Melon-Basil Sparkler
Blaine Moats

Cocktails with garden herbs are fantastic for making the most of your herb garden. This one uses honeydew melon and a generous handful of fresh basil leave. It would be the perfect refreshing drink pairing for a summer salad. Top with some prosecco for a bubbly version,

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