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Herb-Infused Summer Cocktails and Mocktails

Hand pouring herbal cocktail into margarita glass with smoked salt on rim and flowers on counter
My partner and I find great joy in sharpening our novice mixology skills in our kitchen overlooking the Douglas fir-covered hills of Eugene, Oregon. Having daily access to thousands of herbal delights at Mountain Rose Herbs has really upped our homemade cocktail game!

We developed one herbal cocktail and one mocktail recipe so that everyone can partake in these summery refreshments. I prefer complex, dry flavors that are very spirit-forward and libations that are as beautiful to look at as they are to taste. If you're like me, then I hope you'll enjoy these two recipes as much as my hubby and I did. Cheers!

Smoky Elderberry Margarita Recipe

Makes 1 serving.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Swirl lime wedge around outside of margarita glass.
  2. Dip the rim of the glass in a small plate covered in Kiawe smoked salt.
  3. Garnish margarita glass with lime wedge.
  4. Place all remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill shaker with ice.
  5. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds or until strainer gets cold and a bit icy on the outside.
  6. Strain into margarita glass.
  7. Enjoy!

Hand holding margarita glass face down to cover rim with salt

Clear glass of ginger palmer mocktail with ice cubes with lemon wedges and ginseng

Ginger Palmer Mocktail Recipe

Makes 1 serving.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Bring water to boil.
  2. Put next three ingredients into a disposable tea filter.
  3. Once water has come to a boil, remove from heat and steep herb-filled tea filter in water for 6-8 minutes, or until desired strength. The flavor should be much more concentrated than for a typical cup of sipping tea to ensure the herbal goodness shines through.
  4. If time allows, let the tea cool to room temperature.
  5. Fill highball glass with crushed ice.
  6. Add 3 oz. of cooled tea, lemonade, and simple syrup to glass. Stir.
  7. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lemon wedge.
Pro Tip: While this recipe is designed to be alcohol-free, it is also delicious with 2 oz. vodka.

Ready to mix-up more herbal drinks?

Try This Fruity Tea Cocktail! 

 

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Raychel

Written by Raychel on May 30, 2018

Raychel, Marketing Director, originally hails from the Midwest but has been calling Oregon her home for more than a decade. When she isn’t speaking at events, writing articles for our new catalogs, or leading our marketing team, she can be found adventuring in the outdoors, foraging for wild mushrooms, fermenting fresh veggies in her kitchen, or hanging out with her hubby and sweet rescue dogs.