Cactus fruits, also known as “prickly pears,” are any number of fruit nodules that grow wild on the nopales cactus in the deserts of Mexico and the southwestern United States. Although prickly pear juice is sold in bottles, nothing compares to the sweet taste of their fresh flesh and spitting out the numerous seeds. To peel the fruits: Hold them with a pair of thick leather or work gloves, cut off both ends, cut a slit down the length of the fruit, then remove the prickly skins with a pair of tongs. Although they come in a variety of flavors and colors, I find the ones with the bright pink flesh to be the most tasty and the drinks from them come out more festive looking, too.
- 4 prickly pears, peeled
- 4 ounces tequila
- 1 1/2 ounces triple sec
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Coarse-grained salt for rimming (optional)
- Lime slices for garnish (optional)
- Place the prickly pears in a blender and pulse until liquefied. Strain the juice into a small bowl (you should have about 1 cup of juice).
- Fill a large cocktail shaker with ice, add the prickly pear juice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and sugar and shake vigorously.
- Pour into glasses filled with ice, rimmed with salt or sugar, if you like. Garnish with lime slices.
For a fancy party cocktail, combine some chipotle chile powder with your coarse-grained salt before rimming the glasses. The smoky, spicy salt will make a nice complement to the sweet, fruity drink.
This beautiful mimosa not only looks fun to make, it’s also fun to drink! Packed with healthy blueberries and calming lavender, this beverage is great for summer. Use your very own lavender to make the drink more personable. Get the full recipe at Parsnips + Pastries.
Not growing Lavender?
Start a Lots of Lavender Kit in your garden this month and have a relaxing fragrant flower in no time.
Want to grow Lavender but don’t have a garden yet? Check out our Harvest collection to start growing! My personal favorite is growing lavender out of the Harvest Touch Eggplant.
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
- Taste – Add more sugar if you want
- Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig
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.
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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.
- 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
- 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
Try growing chamomile in your AeroGarden and use in this whimsical-relaxing cocktail (not just for tea).
This soothing herb is slightly bitter, sweet, and aromatic.
Chamomile comes in the following seed pod kits: Fresh Tea, Traditional Medicinal Herb, and any custom herb.
Get this delicious Lemon Chamomile Cocktail recipe at HonestlyYUM
(image and recipe by HonestlyYUM)