Drinks with fresh summer herbs


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Cooling mint, refreshing lemon balm, spicy basil - especially in summer, when healthy thirst-quenchers are in demand, fresh herbs have their grand entrance. With your own herbal collection, you have the ingredients for delicious drinks at your fingertips and can not only provide a welcome refreshment at the garden party.

Herbal drinks with fresh fruits bring a healthy change to the summer drinks. The advantage over the purchased "soft drinks": You can determine the sugar content yourself! And do not forget: Especially when guests come, you should have enough ice cubes in the freezer!

Lemon basil lemonade

ingredients (for 1 liter)
2 untreated lemons, 1 handful of basil leaves, 100 ml of sugar syrup (made for example by Monin or yourself), about 0.75 l of still mineral water (chilled), ice cubes
preparation
Wash lemons hot and slice. Wash the basil with the lemon slices in a large carafe. Stir in the lemon juice and sugar syrup, fill with water and refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving. Add a few ice cubes before serving. (Picture: see above)

Orange Lemon Verbena Lemonade / Melon Cocktail

Orange Lemon Verbena Lemonade

Melon cocktail with lemon balm

Orange and lemon verbena lemonade (left), melon cocktail with lemon balm (right)

Orange Lemon Verbena Lemonade

ingredients (for 4 glasses)
2 untreated oranges, 2 to 3 tbsp brown sugar, 3 to 4 stalks lemon verbena, ice cubes, about 500 ml lemonade (chilled), verbena twigs for garnish
preparation
Wash oranges hot, rub dry. From a fruit cut 4 slices for the garnish and set aside. Peel off remaining oranges thinly (use fruits otherwise). Bring orange peel together with 500 ml of water, sugar and lemon verbena stems, remove from heat and leave to cool. Put in each glass an orange slice and 4 to 5 ice cubes. Pour orange verbena water through a sieve. Fill glasses with lemonade, garnish with verbena twigs.

Melon cocktail with lemon balm

ingredients (for 2 glasses)
200 g watermelon (pulp), 4 cl melon liqueur, 8 cl vodka, 4 cl grenadine syrup, 4 cl lemon juice, 10 cl orange juice (freshly squeezed), sugar, ice cubes, melon wedges and lemon balm for garnish
preparation
Core melon pulp if necessary, then finely puree. Place the melon puree with the remaining ingredients in a shaker with a sieve insert (shaker). Shake vigorously. Brush the edges of the glasses with lemon juice, dip in sugar. Put the ice cubes in the glasses and pour over the cocktail. Garnish with melon wedges and lemon balm.

Healthy thirst quencher with cucumbers and cilantro

Thirst quencher with cucumber and coriander

A summer drink with cucumber and cilantro

ingredients (for 4 glasses)
2 cucumbers, 1 handful of fresh coriander leaves, 4 lemons, 4 tablespoons powdered sugar, 400 ml ice-cold mineral water
preparation
Peel cucumbers and cut small. Wash the coriander and chop it roughly. Halve the lemons and squeeze out the juice. Puree with cucumber, cilantro and powdered sugar in a blender. Filter through a kitchen towel or fine sieve at will, spread on glasses and fill with mineral water. Serve immediately, as long as the lemonade still has its strong green color (the natural dye fades due to the influence of light and air).

Strawberry mojito / cocktail with rosemary and blueberry skewer

Strawberry mojito with mint and limes

Cocktail with rosemary and blueberry skewer

Strawberry mojito with mint and lime (left) and cocktail with rosemary and blueberry skewer (right)

Strawberry mojito with mint and limes

ingredients (for 4 high glasses)
1 handful of fresh mint leaves, 2 untreated limes, 250 g strawberries, 4 tbsp brown sugar, 160 ml white rum, ice cubes, about 0.75 l carbonated mineral water (chilled), mince stems for garnish
preparation
Wash mint leaves, rinse limes hot and cut into small slices. Wash, clean and halve strawberries. Spread mint, lime, strawberries and sugar in glasses and press with a pestle. Pour in the rum, add ice cubes to the glasses as desired, top up with mineral water and serve garnished with fresh mint.

Cocktail with rosemary and blueberry skewer

ingredients (for 4 glasses)
2 sprigs of rosemary, 20 blueberries, 100 ml elderflower syrup, juice of 2 limes, 4 to 8 drops of angostura bitters, ice cubes, 400 ml of tonic water, about 300 ml sparkling mineral water, sprigs of rosemary for garnish
preparation
Wash the rosemary, shake it dry and brush the needles off the branches. Wash the berries as well, pat dry and place 5 fruits each on a toothpick. Add syrup with lime juice, rosemary and 1 to 2 drops of Angostura to each jar.Add ice cubes, fill with glasses of Tonicwater and mineral water. Serve garnished with sprigs of rosemary and berries.

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