With the arrival of summer, cocktails on the patio or around a fire pit always seem like a good idea.  Why not use something from your own garden to elevate your hosting skills!  Here at Lucile’s we potted mint, sage, basil, cucumber and calendula in a terracotta pot on our patio to show you how easy it can be to have a small herb garden at your disposal.  We also found a few recipes to help you “wow” your guests.

If cocktails aren’t your thing – don’t worry! We’re also including recipes for teas or simple syrups to help you enjoy fresh herbs in your beverage of choice! And you can always substitute club soda in place of the alcohol for a refreshing mock-tail.

Mint Cocktails

Mint Julep:

  • 8 mint leaves
  • ¼ oz. simple syrup
  • 2 oz. of bourbon
  • Mint sprig for garnish


  1.   In a rocks glass or julep cup, muddle mint leaves and simple syrup.
  2.   Add in bourbon and pack the glass with ice.
  3.   Stir until the cup is frosted on the outside.
  4.   Garnish with a mint sprig and enjoy!


  • 3 mint leaves
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • 2 oz. white rum
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • Club soda
  • Mint sprig and lime wheel for garnish


  1.   Lightly muddle mint with simple syrup in a shaker.
  2.   Add rum, lime juice and ice and give a shake.
  3.   Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice.
  4.   Top with club soda.
  5.   Garnish with mint sprig and lime wheel.  

Basil Cocktails


  • 5 large basil leaves
  • 1 ½ oz. gin
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup


  1.   Muddle 4 basil leaves in a shaker.
  2.   Add gin, lime juice and simple syrup, fill with ice and shake.
  3.   Strain into a chilled coup or other small glass.
  4.   Garnish with a basil leaf.

Muddled Strawberry Basil Cocktail:

  • 3 strawberries, quartered
  • 2 basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp. of honey
  • ½ fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz. vodka or gin
  • Splash of club soda


  1.   Muddle strawberries, basil, honey and lime juice in a shaker or glass.
  2.   Add vodka (or gin) and ice and shake. 
  3.   Pour into glass and top with club soda.  
  4.   Garnish with fresh strawberry and basil leaf. 

Cucumber Cocktail

Cucumber Martini: 

  • 3 slices of cucumber, plus thin slice for garnish 
  • 2 ½ oz. vodka or gin
  • ½ oz. dry vermouth


  1.   Muddle cucumber slices in a shaker.
  2.   Add vodka (or gin) and vermouth.
  3.   Swirl a bit to combine, then add ice and shake.
  4.   Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a cucumber wheel.

Infused Alcohols 

You can also wow your guests with hand infused alcohol! This sounds very fancy, and yet they are surprisingly easy to make and a great way to get creative in the kitchen. Simply steep your favorite herb in your alcohol of choice for at least a month in a cool dry space. Rosemary whisky, cilantro tequila, ginger vodka – the sky’s the limit! Try out different combinations until you find your favorite.

Sage Cocktails

Bourbon and Sage Cocktail:

  • ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1 oz. sage simple syrup
  • Sage leaves and lemon wheel to garnish


  1.   In an ice filled rocks glass, add lemon juice, bourbon and simple syrup.
  2.   Stir to combine.
  3.   Garnish with lemon wheel and sage leaves. 


The Elder Sage Cocktail:

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. St. Germaine elderflower liquor
  • 1 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 3 fresh sage leaves
  • Mineral water


  1. Add gin, elderflower liquor, grapefruit juice and sage leaves to a shaker.
  2.   Fill with ice and shake.
  3.   Pour into a Collins glass and top with mineral water.
  4.   Garnish with a sage leaf.  


And if you’re really feeling fun, try a cocktail combining a few of our selected herbs!


Spicy Cucumber Mint Margarita:

  • Course salt for optional rim
  • 2 ½ oz. reposado tequila 
  • ½ orange liqueur
  • 2 oz. of fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup of chopped cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 6 mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 dashes of your favorite hot sauce
  • Cucumber slice for garnish


  1.   Rim 2 margarita glasses with salt, if you prefer.
  2.   In a blender, combine tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, cucumber, mint, sugar, hot sauce and ice and blend for 1 minute.
  3.   Pour into rimmed glasses and garnish with a cucumber slice.

Sage Lady:

  • 3 cucumber slices
  • 2 to 3 sage leaves
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 ½ oz. Mango vodka
  • ½ oz. triple sec
  • 1 dash peach bitters


  1.   Muddle cucumber, sage and simple syrup in a shaker.
  2.   Add vodka, triple sec and bitters.
  3.   Fill with ice and shake until chilled.
  4.   Strain into a chilled martini glass or coup.
  5.   Garnish with a sage leaf.

Tea Time

Cocktails are refreshing, but let’s not forget the benefits of a nice cup of tea made with fresh herbs and flowers! Here are a few select tea recipes from the flowers and herbs we’ve potted up. 

Calendula tea:

  1.   Add dried or fresh calendula flowers to a mug and pour hot water (not boiling, but simmering) over them.  
  2.   Let steep for 12 to 20 minutes. 
  3.   Strain tea before enjoying.

You can also freeze calendula flowers in ice to add a floral pop to any cocktail or drink of choice!

Mint Tea

  1. Add fresh or dried mint to a pot and pour hot water over top.
  2. Steep for 12 to 20 minutes.
  3. Strain tea before enjoying.

Consider adding some Tyler honey for a sweet treat!

Lavender Tea

  1. Add fresh or dried lavender to a pot and pour hot water over top.
  2. Steep for 12 to 20 minutes.
  3. Strain tea before enjoying.

Consider adding some Tyler honey for a sweet treat!

Tulsi Tea

  1. Add fresh or dried holy basil or tulsi to a pot and pour hot water over top.
  2. Steep for 12 to 20 minutes, strain tea before enjoying.

Simple Syrups

Simple syrups are an excellent staple to have on hand to elevate cocktails, ice tea, lemonade or hot tea. The applications are endless, you can drizzle them on ice cream, cakes, freeze with fruit to make popsicles – the list goes on. The best part is that simple syrups are very easy to make and can be frozen to keep on hand throughout the year. Follow this basic recipe with your herb of choice! 

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar (or less, to taste) 
  • 10 – 20 leaves of your favorite fresh herb. 


  1. Boil the water and gradually add sugar whisking to combine.
  2. Remove from heat and steep your herb of choice. Sage, lavender, rosemary, basil, mint all make excellent syrups.
  3. Steep your herbs at least 20 minutes or up to 24 hours in the fridge.