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Patio Garden Cocktail Recipes

Posted on June 28, 2017 in House + Home

Written by Maureen Greene

Summer is the time to step back, reflect on the hard work you’ve put into your garden, and enjoy the sweet fruits of your labour. Hang your hat and gloves up beside your trowel and hose, and make yourself a delicious cocktail with ingredients from your garden!

True North Blends

I’ve reached deep into my mixologist pocket and concocted a great celebratory cocktail that is truly Canadian. This is a great drink to be shared with friends, sitting on your patio in the summer sun.

Canada Celebration Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2oz Victorian Gin
  • 2½ tsp Maple Syrup
  • 3½ tsp Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Fresh Raspberries
  • 1 can Club Soda
  1. Mix everything
  2. Pour over ice and garnish with a red berry from your garden.

Cheers!


 

Sangria

A truly old world drink, sangria was traditionally made with red wine, chopped fruit and other fruity juices or alcohols. The recipe I’ve chosen to share with you today is an absolutely irresistible white wine variation that uses fresh citrus from your garden (or your local farmer).

White Sangria

Ingredients

  • 2 Bottles of white wine (use an inexpensive bottle of Chardonay, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 2 Cans of frozen lemonade
  • 2l Club Soda
  • ½ cup Apricot Brandy
  • Fresh fruit (think citrus, grapes and/or apples)
  1. Mix everything (save fruit) together in a large glass pitcher.
  2. Add grapes, lime, lemon, orange, pink grapefruit and granny smith apple slices to make the sangria very colourful.

Great for a crowd!


 

Pimm’s

What’s a summer garden party without some Pimm’s? This gin-based drink known as Pimm’s No.1 was crafted as a special herbal liqueur to aid in digestion and marketed as a health tonic. The drink became so popular that in 1850, they began large-scale production to sell it by the bottle to other taverns.

Pimms Refresher

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Pimm’s No. 1
  • 3 parts Gingerale (or 7Up)
  • Fresh Cucumber
  • Fresh Lemon
  • Fresh Mint
  1. Slice your Cucumber and Lemon
  2. Mix everything in glass over ice.

Cheers!


 

Simple Syrups

This sweetener lives up to its name—generally, it’s equal parts granulated sugar and water heated simply until the sugar crystals dissolve. Simple syrups can be as varied and diverse as any other food stuff. By mixing in spices, herbs, fruit—truly anything you can imagine – you have instant flavoured sweetener.

Basic Simple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • (Optional) Spice
  1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil.
  2.  Simmer until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. (Optional) Add your chosen spices and simmer for another 10mins.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  5.  Place in sterilized mason jars.

Will store in your fridge for up to one month.

 

Blueberry Mint Lemonade

For Syrup

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed
  • ½ cup packed mint leaves (to taste)

For Lemonade

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 cups sparkling water
  • blueberry mint simple syrup
  1. Combine granulated sugar and water in a medium sauce pan over medium heat,
    stirring until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the blueberries and mint leaves and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer
    until blueberries have broken down and release juices, approximately 10 minutes.
  3. Remove sauce pan from heat and strain the blueberry mint simple syrup through a
    cheesecloth or fine sieve.
  4. Place the syrup back on the stove and simmer for another 10 min until the syrup thickens.
  5. Pour into a clean, sterilized mason jar and let cool.
  6. In a large pitcher, stir together freshly squeezed lemon juice, sparkling water and
    blueberry mint simple syrup.
  7. Place in the refrigerator to chill.

For Lemonade—

  1. In a large pitcher, stir together freshly squeezed lemon juice, sparkling water and
    blueberry mint simple syrup.
  2. Place in the refrigerator to chill.

Serve over ice and garnish with blueberries, lemon slices and mint leaves, if desired.
*I like to freeze blueberries, that way they stay cold longer.
Ideal for afternoon sipping on those long, hot summer days.


 

Are you excited to try one of these new cocktail recipes inspired from the garden? I hope so, and I’d love to hear your ideas too! Feel free to send us a message on our Facebook page.

Cheers,
Maureen