Thursday, June 20, 2013

Thirsty Thursday - Garden Mixer

The other day I realized I had officially arrived at adulthood. No, it wasn’t getting married, buying a house or having two children that did it, it was opening up my cupboard and realizing I had such a wide variety of alcohol inside of it that it officially looked like a liquor cabinet. I now have a liquor cabinet, people. This is serious. I am all grown up.
One of the best things about having one of these is that you get to make up drinks on the fly. Like this one, below, which was inspired after a long day of working in the yard. My husband and I both felt like something refreshing, so I got creative and grabbed a few sprigs of mint and rosemary from our yard, muddled them with lime, added some vodka and 7-up and BAM! Garden Mixer. Spritzed in your face. We loved it so much I’ve decided to dub it my summer cocktail. Which is like, the highest honor if you’re alcohol.
The Garden Mixer
Fresh Rosemary
Fresh Mint

In the bottom of a glass, add a quarter of a lime, a sprig of fresh rosemary, 4 to 5 mint leaves, and muddle. If you don’t know what muddle means, it’s just a fancy way of saying, “Mash the shit out of it.” Then, add a lot of ice, fill the bottom third of the glass with vodka, and finish off with 7-up. Add a sprig of rosemary for garnish. If you want to be a little more high class, I suppose you could use tonic water and add some simple syrup instead of the 7-up.
My recommendation is that you serve this in a mason jar because it looks more complete that way. It’s a hippie kinda drink so dress it up that way.


  1. Congratulations on your full liquor cabinet! You may have people showing up at your house every day now for happy hour. This sounds so good, I love fresh herbs in cocktails. And the Mason jar completes it!

  2. I want to be sitting on your back deck with one of these on a sunny day. Next B'ham weekend please...

  3. I am getting thirsty now and it is too late for a drink!! Love the mason jar idea. I'm not a rosemary fan, but I could use lemon thyme maybe in keeping with the hippies.

    1. Lemon Thyme is a great idea! The other day I used some lavendar instead of the rosemary and that was really good too.