Pineapple and Cilantro Moscow Mule

This tropical cocktail is summer fun for everyone and can easily be made into a mocktail by leaving out the vodka and adding more ginger beer.
Image & Recipe Credit: TMIO
Ingredients
  • 6 cilantro leaves
  • 4 tablespoons pineapple puree
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ice
  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • ginger beer
Instructions
  • Gently muddle the cilantro leaves in a sturdy glass to release their oils.
  • Add ice to the top.
  • Pour the vodka over ice
  • Add pineapple puree and lime juice
  • Top with ginger beer
  • Stir, garnish, and serve
*Pineapple puree- blend pineapple chunks in blender until smooth.
*Optional- to sweeten the drink add some agave.
Serves: 1 drink

Vinaigrette Basics

Not just for salads, vinaigrettes can be used to marinate meat, seafood, and vegetables. Homemade salad dressing can range from a simple two ingredients to a more complex vinaigrette.

Vinaigrette foundation is three parts oil and one part vinegar. OR for extra pizazz do 2:1 oil to vinegar ratio. Whisk together and add a little Kosher salt. Finish with fresh ground pepper.

  • Vinegars include: sherry, champagne, balsamic, red, white, or rice wine.
  • Oil: for a mild base use grape seed, or use your best extra-virgin olive oil for grassier flavor.

Build up vinaigrette by adding a mustard, something sweet, spicy, an allium, and herbs. Use any of these combos:

*Let your taste buds guide you in ingredient amounts!

BLT Salad with Aioli Dressing

Try this delicious bacon, romaine lettuce, and seared cherry tomato salad!

Feel free to substitute the romaine for any lettuce variety from the AeroGarden Heirloom Salad Greens Seed Pod Kit (25% off through August!)

 

INGREDIENTS

    • 5 ounces applewood-smoked bacon (about 6 slices)
    • 12 cups torn romaine lettuce (from 1 large head; about 13 ounces) OR any lettuce variety in the Heirloom Salad Greens Seed Pod Kit (25% off through August!)
    • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 1 garlic clove, pressed
    • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar

 Toasted sourdough bread with avocado is a tasty side for this salad too.

PREPARATION

Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp; transfer to paper towels. Crumble bacon coarsely. Optional– lightly sear the halved cherry tomatoes in the skillet to enhance flavor. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon drippings from skillet; reserve skillet.

Place lettuce and tomatoes in large serving bowl. Heat bacon drippings in skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, then mayonnaise and vinegar; whisk until blended, 30 to 40 seconds. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over lettuce and tomatoes and toss to coat. Sprinkle bacon over. Serve immediately.

Makes 6 serving.

Courtesy of Epicurious

Mint Mojitos

This Cuban drink is one of the top refreshing cocktails you can enjoy, especially during warm days. Lime + mint + bubbles (and let’s not forget, Rum) = Perfection! Great for a summer happy hour using mint from your AeroGarden.

 

Get started –

  • Cut a lime into wedges
  • Add a lime wedge and 10 mint leaves into the bottom of a glass
  • Use muddler or handle of wooden spoon to crush mint and lime to release mint oils and lime juice
  • Add 2 more lime wedges and 2 tablespoons of white sugar and muddle again
  • Fill the glass up to the top with ice
  • Pour 1.5 fluid ounces of white rum over the ice
  • Fill the rest of the glass with carbonated water
  • Stir
  • Taste – Add more sugar if you want
  • Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig

Tips –

Avoid over-muddling the mint, it will give the mojito a grassy taste. Over crushed mint breaks the chlorophyll filled veins in the leaf which gives a bitter grass taste.

You want to lightly press down on the leaves with the muddler or wooden spoon and gently twist.

Don’t forget, the Cocktail & Mocktail Herb Seed Pod Kit (July’s Plant of the Month) is 25% OFF through July!

-Cheers!

 

German Potato Salad

This potato salad is not only loaded with fresh herbs, but is also vegetarian and vegan friendly. Making this a perfect side dish for any backyard bbq. Try this tasty recipe out with your AeroGarden herbs- dill, chives, and parsley.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pounds halved small waxy potatoes (have some fun with colorful varieties)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon toasted caraway seeds and toss
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Add as much herbs as you like! Yum.

PREPARATION

  • Cover 2 pounds halved small waxy potatoes with cold salted water, bring to a boil, and cook until tender; drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
  • Add to potatoes along with 4 sliced scallions, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, and 1 teaspoon toasted caraway seeds and toss, crushing potatoes slightly; season with salt and pepper.

One way to cut down on prep time is with the Mezzaluna Herb Chopper & Cutting Board. The comfortable grip and rocking motion make quick work of herb preparation. Plus, the Mezzaluna has double blades!

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of Epicurious

Lemon Balm Honeysuckle Cocktail

Cool off with this Lemon Balm cocktail! Make with lemon vodka or white run. Try it with July’s Seed Pod Kit of the Month, Cocktail & Mocktail Herb Blend (25% OFF through July).

Lemon Balm, Lemon Mint, or Mint leaves compliment the lemon and honey in this cocktail.

 

 

Lemon Balm and Mints are pruned in the same method. Watch the video above for help with pruning.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups lemon vodka or white rum
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup (loosely packed) fresh lemon balm leaves or mint leaves
  • 8 lemon slices

PREPARATION

    • Stir honey and 6 tablespoons hot water in a large pitcher until honey is dissolved. Stir in vodka and lemon juice. Add 2 cups ice cubes. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
    • Squeeze lemon balm several times to lightly bruise leaves; add to pitcher. Fill Old Fashioned glasses with ice cubes. Divide cocktail among glasses. Garnish with lemon slices and serve.

Makes 8 servings

Courtesy of Epicurious

Summer Garden Gin Fizz

 

Mix up this refreshing drink for the hot 4th of July weekend! The Cocktail & Mocktail Herb Seed Pod Kit is perfect for this bubbly chilled spring water gin drink infused with lavender, basil, and lemon.

  • Lavender has a strong floral and spicy aroma with hints of lemon and mint. When harvesting for making the simple syrup for cocktail, use fully purple buds that have not flowered completely. The unopened buds have the best aromatic qualities. You can also use dried lavender.
  • Basil has a sweet, warm peppery, clove flavor with hints of anise and mint. To bring out these flavors in your drink, use a muddler or wooden spoon to gently press down and twists on basil leaves in a glass. Be sure to use a sturdy glass that will not break while muddling.

Need help with pruning and harvesting your herbs? No problem, click video to watch tutorial.

 

Try out this fresh and simple drink recipe with your AeroGarden herbs! Follow these recipe step by portandfin.com


Oh and did we mention that the Cocktail & Mocktail Herb Seed Pod Kit is July’s Plant of the Month and will be 25% OFF all month!

-Cheers!

 

 

(Image credit: Finn)

Summer (Solstice) Rolls!

Spring Into Summer!

This fresh “Summer Roll” is the perfect way to kick-start your summer. Enjoy fresh crunchy vegetables, herbs and noodles rolled in rice paper wrappers and dipped in a homemade peanut sauce.

Plus, you can use the herbs you’ve been growing as the star ingredients!

YIELD
4 servings
ACTIVE TIME
30 minutes
TOTAL TIME
30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

Summer Rolls:

  • 4 rice wrappers
  • 4 sprigs of Thai basil
  • 4 sprigs of mint
  • 4 sprigs of cilantro
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/4 lb of vermicelli rice noodles
  • 4 oz of tofu, sliced

Need help with pruning and harvesting? Click here to view tutorial videos.

Peanut Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1 1″ piece of ginger, peeled
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 teaspoons of tamari
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind extract
  • 1/4 piece of palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper flake (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of water (as needed)

Short on time? You can also pick up a peanut sauce at your local grocery store!

INSTRUCTIONS

Summer Rolls:

  1. The first and most important step is to have all of the vegetables washed and thinly sliced before you begin assembling.
  2. Soak the rice noodles in boiling water off of heat in a bowl until tender and follow directions on the packaging.
  3. Dip the rice paper wrappers in warm water for 10-15 seconds until they are malleable. Don’t let the wrappers become too soft, they are delicate!
  4. Lay the rice paper on the counter and begin layering the ingredients just off center.
  5. Roll tightly, folding in the sides.

Peanut Sauce:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl
  2. Whisk
  3. Add water to desired consistency

Now you’re ready to serve!

Edible Flower Canapés

Inspired by June’s Plant of the MonthIncredible Edibles, give this summer’s dinner and tea parties a decorative note by adding edible flowers to this hors d’oeuvre.

Get this embellished Edible Flower Canapés recipe at grown to cook.

Recommended AeroGarden Flowers:

This flower has a neutral taste and makes a playful decoration on tarts and desserts.

Violas come in the following seed pod kits:  Vibrant Violas, and any custom flowers.

 

 

 

 

Calendula come in the following seed pod kits:  Incredible Edibles, and any custom flower.

Calendula petals has been nicknamed, “poor man’s saffron” and can be used in butter, cake batter, or rice dishes or mixed into cake/muffin batter. Plus, don’t forget it has medicinal applications.

 

Dianthus come in the following seed pod kits: Mountain Meadow, English Cottage,  Incredible Edibles, and any custom flower.

Dianthus have a subtle cloves taste. The base of the petals can taste bitter and should be removed. These flowers go well in sweet or savory dishes. Try it in syrup, butter, pudding or cake.

 

 

Along with Aerogarden edible flowers, herbs listed in this recipe that you can grow are chivesdill and chervil.

 

Floral Bath Salts

Time to relax! Use your AeroGarden flowers in this lovely Floral Bath Salts recipe by Soap Queen.

Any AeroGarden flowers can be used in this bath salts recipe! So don’t feel limited.

Here are a few great options:

Snapdragons come in the following seed pod kits:  Incredible Edibles, and any custom flower.

Lavender come in the following seed pod kits:  Lots of Lavender, and any custom flower.

Calendulas/ Marigolds come in the following seed pod kits:  Incredible Edibles, and any custom herb.

Chamomile comes in the following seed pod kits:  Fresh TeaTraditional Medicinal Herb, and any custom herb.


Perfect Flower Collections include: Mountain Meadow, English Cottage, and June’s Plant of the MonthIncredible Edibles.

 

Get this relaxing Floral Bath Salts recipe at Soap Queen

(image and recipe by Soap Queen)