If you’re like me, you’ve indulged in your share of mojitos, but mint is only one herb you can take your muddler to. Basil and sage are both fantastic in cocktails, but don’t be afraid to get adventurous. Anything you grow in your herb garden — like thyme, rosemary, or tarragon — can find a home inside a cocktail shaker. Click for a killer Basil Cucumber Gin Gimlet recipe.
In the bottom of a pint glass, add, in order: basil, cucumber, lime wedges. Add simple syrup and muddle until the basil is bruised, and all the juice is released from the lime. Add gin and St. Germaine, and shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Spear the basil sprig through the middle of the cucumber slice, and float it on top of the cocktail as garnish.