The end of the gardening season is here, so it's time to make the most of your herb garden.

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Fresh Herb Cocktails
Credit: Carey Jones

Some people have herb gardens for salads or pasta sauce; ours exists almost exclusively for cocktails. And as summer winds to an end, our herbs are growing out of control. So we’re putting them to use with three super-herbal drinks starring basil, rosemary, and thyme. Break out your muddler and give them a try.

NOTE: You’ll never find garnishes this perfect with grocery store herbs, so make sure those garnishes are nice and dramatic.

Rosemary Lemonade

Rosemary Lemonade Cocktail
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The bright, piney scent of rosemary is unmistakable, and we like using it in otherwise straightforward cocktails, where it truly shines; this simple rosemary lemonade is perfect. Gin or white rum would work well here, too, but vodka keeps things nice and easy-drinking.

Instructions: Pull off the needles of a long sprig of rosemary, and muddle them hard in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add 1 1/2 ounces of vodka, 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 an ounce simple syrup. Add ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with 3 ounces of club soda. Garnish with a big rosemary sprig.

G + G + T + T

G G T T Cocktail
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Here, we’re taking a good old Gin & Tonic and tweaking the formula: Red grapes add a juicy flavor and a pop of color, while thyme adds strong, friendly aromatics that work perfectly with herbal gin.

Instructions: Muddle 5 red grapes in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add 1 1/2 ounces of gin (we’re using Beefeater), 1/2 an ounce fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 an ounce honey syrup (honey cut in a 1:1 ratio with hot water). Drop in 5 short sprigs of thyme. Add ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with 1 ounce of tonic. Garnish with a few more grapes and lots more thyme.

Pepino

Pepino Cocktail
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Tequila is another spirit that pairs well with herbs, so here, we’re matching it with basil—plus lime and cucumber for a most refreshing drink. Despite two full ounces of tequila, these go down awfully easy.

Instructions: Cut a one-inch segment of cucumber into quarters and muddle hard in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add 5 torn basil leaves and gently muddle a bit more. Add 2 ounces of silver tequila (Patrón Roca is our go-to), 1 ounce of fresh lime juice, and 1/2 an ounce agave syrup (agave nectar cut in a 1:1 ratio with hot water). Add ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with ice, and garnish with basil and cucumber.

By Carey Jones and John D. McCarthy