Refreshing drinks for "Après Gardening" - using herbs from your garden

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Refreshing drinks for "Après Gardening" - using herbs from your garden

A few refreshing drink recipes to whip up after a day in the garden. Put up your feet and enjoy! 


Lavender Lemonade

  • 5 cups of water
  • ½ cup of honey or sugar to taste (or for a sugar-free option, use ¼ tsp Stevia)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (or the juice of 1 large lemon)
  • ¼ cup fresh lavender (or 2 tbsp dried lavender)


  1. Bring 2.5 cups of water to a boil and stir in the sweetener of your choice.
  2. Pour the mix over the lavender and steep for 20 minutes. Strain out the lavender.
  3. Add the remaining water and add the lemon juice and stir.
  4. Pour into a glass with ice, and enjoy while sitting on your patio and admiring your garden.

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Mojito with Fresh Mint

An almost sugar-free, virgin option to the highly popular favourite.

  • 1 medium lemon or lime, your preference, or 1 tbsp of juice
  • 1 cup of loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 can of diet lemon-flavoured soda, like diet 7UP or Sprite Zero
  • Ice
  1. Squeeze the juice of your preferred citrus into a large glass. Add the peel if you want a stronger citrusy flavour.
  2. Add the mint leaves, tearing them up before putting into the glass. Bruise with a spoon or straw.
  3. Add ice, then pour the soda until the glass is filled.
  4. Let sit for a few minutes to let the flavours blend.
  5. Sit on your patio and enjoy your drink with a straw, this helps filter out the mint leaves.

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Fruit & Herb Flavoured Water

  • 2 cups of fruit – berries, citrus, melons – any combination you prefer – Add in some cucumber too!
  • Herbs – mint, basil, sage, rosemary, tarragon, thyme or lavender
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Large Pitcher & wooden spoon


  1. Add herbs to the pitcher and use the wooden spoon to bruise them and release flavour.
  2. Add desired fruits to pitcher, stir with the wooden spoon
  3. Add ice and top up with water.
  4. Let it rest for ½ hour to allow flavours to combine.
  5. Pour into a glass, put up your feet, and enjoy.


Suggested Flavour combinations

  • Cucumber, Mint & Citrus: combine 1 lemon, 1 orange, and 1 lime; slice and dice into pieces. Add ½ cucumber sliced and a large handful of mint leaves.
  • Blackberry Sage: Combine a small handful of sage leaves and 2 cups of blackberries.
  • Watermelon Rosemary: Add a rosemary spring and 2 cups of watermelon cubes.

There are so many combinations to try! Find your perfect blend.


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