Herb-infused cocktails are our fall obsession

Oct 10, 2016 at 1:29 p.m. ET

There's one ingredient that can take your average cocktail from pretty delicious to next-level, and you've probably guessed that it's fresh herbs. Muddle 'em, mince 'em or garnish with 'em, but you're going to notice a huge difference when you use herbs to "freshen" up your favorite drink.

Next time you're at the market or store, don't forget to pick up some fresh and fragrant herbs that are in season. Your taste buds will thank you later.

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Basil

1. Rhubarb-basil cocktail

rhubarb and basil cocktail
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Made with rhubarb simple syrup, this zippy cocktail is perfect for warmer weather.

2. Blueberry-Thai basil mojito

blueberry basil mojito
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Ripe blueberries and spicy Thai basil turn the classic mojito on its head in this vibrant cocktail.

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3. Peach-basil juleps

peach basil julep
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Sweet peaches and fragrant basil put a twist on the classic julep that you'll have to taste to believe.

4. Watermelon + basil + cucumber + gin cocktail

watermelon basil cucumber and gin cocktail
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Watermelon and cucumber mix with gin and basil to make basically the most refreshing cocktail of all time.

5. Honeydew-basil spritzer

honeydew basil spritzer
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Zingy sauvignon blanc, sweet honeydew melon and herbal basil make this spritzer really hit the spot.

Lavender

6. Daisy Fay

daisy fey lavender cocktail
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This exotic combination of lavender-infused honey syrup, amaretto and silver rum is perfect for enjoying in the garden after a long day.

7. Lemon-lavender cocktail

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For this drink you'll need to make your own lavender syrup, which you can then use in all manner of cocktails.

8. Lavender-peach Bellini

lavender peach bellinis
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Fruity and floral, this cocktail is perfect for brunch.

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9. Lavender-vanilla bourbon cocktail

lavender vanilla bourbon
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Floral with lavender and warm from vanilla and bourbon, this intriguing cocktail is great for date night.

10. Summer garden gin fizz

lavender gin fizz
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This cocktail with lavender, lemon and basil brings out the complexities of a fine gin.

Mint

11. Strawberry-kiwi frozen mojito

frozen strawberry kiwi cocktail
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This favorite flavor combination from childhood gets an adult kick with a splash of rum and fresh mint.

Next up: Elderflower smash

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