In a previous article, we shared good news for tons of gardening enthusiasts who just doesn’t have the green thumb to build their own garden.
The good news came in the form of a smart garden.
Herbal Cocktails 101: Smart Garden Recap
For those who missed our glorious article, let’s have a recap. A smart garden is an all-in-one garden kit you can buy either online or in the market.
This smart garden is fantastic because it grows the plants all on its own. Of course, you still need to do some moving like feeding the plant food and water, but that’s all you need to do. The smart garden is capable of doing everything all on its own.
Plus it also tells you if it’s time to water or feed the plant. You’ll see the light blinking if ever it’s time to feed the plant.
The Better News About Smart Garden
But recently, we’ve gotten word that you can do something much more awesome with your smart garden. Sure, it’s pretty neat to have a garden indoors which you don’t have to break a sweat in.
But there’s nothing better than crafting cocktail using the herbs that you planted in your smart garden. In an attempt to better your holidays, here are some herbal cocktail recipe for you.
Vodka Shirley Temple With Mint + Lemon Basil Christmas Cookies
You just need to prepare these ingredients to create this marvelous drink.
- Mint for garnish
- 1 ounce grenadine
- 2 ounces vodka
- 6 ounces ginger ale
All you need to do is take a piece of drinking glass and fill it with grenadine. Right after that, you can add the vodka, ginger ale, and then stir.
For the cookies, on the other hand, you can decide to buy some cookies or bake your own. Here is a short recipe for cookies.
- 1 egg
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 6 cups flour
- 1 pound butter, softened
You can use a food processor to blend the basil and 1/4 cup of sugar. Now, it’s time to beat the butter until it’s creamy using an electric mixer. When that’s done, it’s time to add whatever remains of the sugar.
Add the egg and lemon juice and blend it thoroughly. You can now gradually add flour, as well as the basil-sugar mixture.
By now, you probably have a dough mixture. You need to shape these into a ball form. You will then place them lightly in cookie sheets. Take out a piece of glass and dip the bottom in sugar. You can then use the same glass to flatten the balls.
After that, you can bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes.
Sangria With Thyme and Rosemary + Cheese and Prosciutto Toasties
Here are the ingredients you need to prepare for this beverage:
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons sweet vermouth
- 1/3 cup rosemary leaves
- 2 bottles chilled red wine
- 4 star anise pods
- 1 1/2 cups brandy
- 2 lemons, cut into wheels
- 10 sprigs mint
- 10 sprigs thyme
- 1/2 cup orange liqueur
- 2 limes, cut into wheels
- 2 oranges, halved lengthwise
Take a small saucepan and fill it with 3/4 cup of water and sugar. Turn the stove to a medium heat and let it be until the sugar has fully dissolved.
Take large bowl and put the rosemary, thyme, orange, lime, lemon slices, star anise, and mint sprigs there. After that, it is time to pour the vermouth, liqueur, and brandy. You then have to let it chill for four hours.
Strain the mixture in a pitcher after which you can add a cup of simple syrup, mint sprigs, and wine.
To finish off your meal, you only need to prepare these ingredients for the toasties.
- 4 slices sourdough bread
- 3 slices prosciutto
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- Olive oil
- Grated cheddar or Gruyère cheese
Leave a pan on the stove to heat up. You need to put the bread on the pan, but you have to brush it with olive oil on both sides first before you do that. Both sides of the bread need to be golden brown before you set it aside.
Mix the cheese mix with two slices of prosciutto. Reheat the pan and cook the sandwiches. Once they cooled down, you can start to munch on the sandwiches.