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Recipes serve 1

Raspberry Mint Julep

5 fresh raspberries plus additional for garnish
5 small mint leaves plus sprig for garnish
1-1/2 teaspoons simple syrup
2 ounces bourbon whiskey such as Woodford Reserve (1/4 cup)

In cocktail shaker or glass, muddle raspberries, mint leaves and simple syrup. Add bourbon; stir well and strain into a julep or cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint sprig and raspberries.

BB Collins (Blueberry & Basil)

8 fresh blueberries plus additional for garnish
3 basil leaves plus sprig for garnish
1 tablespoon simple syrup
2 ounces vodka (1/4 cup)
1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 ounces club soda (1/3 cup)

In cocktail shaker or glass, muddle blueberries, basil and simple syrup. Add ice, vodka and lemon juice; shake and strain into Collins or tall, narrow glass filled with ice. Top off with club soda; garnish with basil leaf and blueberries.

Garden 2 Glass

3 fresh strawberries plus additional for garnish
2 sprigs tarragon plus sprig for garnish
1 tablespoon simple syrup
2 ounces gin such as Hendricks (1/4 cup)

In cocktail shaker or glass, muddle strawberries, tarragon and simple syrup. Add ice, gin and lime juice; shake and strain into coupe or sparkling wine glass. Garnish with tarragon sprig and strawberries.

To Make Simple Syrup
Stir a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water in a small saucepan (i.e., 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water). Heat the sugar mixture just to boiling, then reduce the heat and let it simmer until the mixture is clear; do not stir.

Chef Tip
To muddle the drinks, use a muddler – a long stick similar to a pestle used to mash fruits, herbs and spices in the bottom of a cocktail shaker or glass.

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