Alive at the Garden

Every so often, at the end of the day, I like to relax with a drink. Lately, some of my favorite drinks to sip on a hot night are the classics – a nice cold mint julep with mint from our garden or a gin or vodka martini. This creation, dubbed “Alive at the Garden” by my husband is a herbaceous take on the classic martini. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients (makes 1 serving)

  • 4 oz vodka
  • 2 oz Dolin Vermouth Blanc
  • 3 lemon balm leaves
  • 3 basil leaves
  • Lemon twist (optional)

You Will Need

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Spoon
  • Martini glass or cocktail glass


  1. In a cocktail shaker, using the back of a spoon muddle the leaves to release the oils
  2. Add the ice
  3. Pour in the 4 oz of vodka and 2 oz of Dolin Vermouth Blanc
  4. Cover & shake, shake, shake
  5. Remove the cap, pour and enjoy
  6. Optionally top with a twist of lemon

Alive at the Garden started as an experiment and it turned out great! I used the lemon balm and the basil mostly because I had a feeling that the flavor combination would be lovely. It was quite refreshing and earthy in taste. Perhaps adding a twist of lemon would be nice too. If you don’t have lemon balm, using just basil would be fine. Adding another herb you have on hand could work too. Try some mint or thyme and let me know how it turns out. Sip responsibly!

What are some of your favorite cocktails?

Let me know in the comments and stay tuned for some more garden-inspired summer cocktails.

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