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Fresh Produce on the Rocks

Sipping produce infused cocktails is the perfect way to enjoy spring weather. While fresh produce is available year-round, it is most flavorful when in season. Make produce-packed libations with fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. Here are a few suggestions to inspire your cocktail creations.

Fresh Herbs
Fresh herbs pack a lot of flavor. Adding herbs like thyme and mint to a simple vodka cocktail makes for a refreshing spring drink. Cilantro and basil create dynamic flavors in both sweet and savory drinks with either a fruit or vegetable base.

Fruits
Though fruit is available year-round with frozen, canned or freeze-dried options, nothing compares to the flavor of fresh, local, in-season fruit. Fruits like strawberries, blackberries and rhubarb are now available and are perfect mixed, muddled and shaken with your favorite spirits. Use fresh fruit to make drinks like Bellinis, Sangrias, Margaritas and Mojitos.

Vegetables
Adding vegetables to cocktails creates interesting flavor combinations, especially when paired with fresh herbs. Use produce like kale, peas, carrots, tomatoes and cucumbers to enhance the flavors of vodka, tequila and rum. Try adding carrot juice to sparkling wine (and garnish with a parsley sprig) to create a fresh take on the Mimosa.