Using Herbs in Frozen Concoctions This spring
Fresh herbs are the perfect way to liven up traditional frozen concoctions this spring season. Check out your local farmers market and stock up on the freshest herbs your money can buy. Then, try your hand at making herb-infused frozen concoctions in your Margaritaville® Key West™ Frozen Concoction Maker®.
Here are four delicious recipes you'll want to make all year long:
1. Strawberry Basil Frozen Concoction
Do you love strawberries? And the earthiness of basil? It's time you combined your two loves in this tasty frozen concoction. As a unique take on the traditional margarita, the melody of flavors in this frozen concoction will leave you satisfied all afternoon or evening long.
- 2 cups fresh strawberries
- 3 ounces silver tequila
- 1 ounce orange liqueur
- 6 fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/8 cup simple syrup
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Lime wedge, for garnish
Add ice to the ice reservoir and all ingredients, aside from salt, sugar and two basil leaves, into the Margaritaville® Key West™ Frozen Concoction Maker®. Puree until smooth. Meanwhile, finely chop two basil leaves and grind them in a mortar and pestle along with sugar and salt. Place mixture on a small plate. Squeeze lime juice around the rim of each margarita glass and then roll each glass in the basil-sugar-salt mixture. Pour the frozen concoction mixture in each of the glasses. Take a sip and start enjoying the refreshing flavors of spring.
2. El Pepino Frozen Concoction
Cilantro is an incredibly versatile herb, being a staple in dishes ranging from Central America to parts of Asia. This delectable herb helps make a delicious chimichurri sauce in Argentina or killer game-day guacamole. To kick up your frozen concoctions to the next level, follow the same principle and add cilantro for a unique, south-of-the-border flavor.
- 3 slices cucumber
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 2 wheels jalapeño with seeds
- 6 cilantro leaves
- 1 sugar cube
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces mezcal
- Lime wheel, for garnish
Add ice to the ice reservoir and all ingredients, aside from garnish, to your Key West™ Frozen Concoction Maker®. Choose settings and mix your drink to the perfect frozen consistency. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a lime wheel. Take a long sip and savor the chilly-spicy-sweet flavor exploding in your mouth.
3. Blackberry Rosemary Frozen Concoction
Rosemary has an assertive, savory flavor that pairs excellently with the tangy sweetness of fresh blackberries. Turning this herb-fruit combination into a fragrant simple syrup makes it even more delicious in your frozen concoction.
- 2 cups fresh blackberries
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 bottle Prosecco, chilled
- Fresh rosemary sprigs and blackberries, for garnish
Simmer sugar, water, blackberries and rosemary in saucepan over medium-heat heat until thickened, around 20 minutes. Let cool and then strain out seeds and stems. Add ice to the ice reservoir and mixture and Prosecco to your Key West™ Frozen Concoction Maker®. Choose settings and pulse your drink to the right frozen consistency. Pour into tall glasses and garnish with rosemary sprigs and blackberries. Now all you have to do is sit back, relax and sip your frozen delight.
4. Peach Mint Frozen Concoction
You have to try this unique, sweet variation on the traditional mint mojito. If you're not a fan of peaches, consider swapping out this fruit for blueberries, pineapple or a range of other sweet treats.
- 3 cups peaches, peeled and diced
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed mint leaves
- 2 cups white rum
- 4 cups club soda, chilled
- Mint sprigs, for garnish
Add ice to the ice reservoir and all ingredients except garnish to your Key West™ Frozen Concoction Maker®. Puree until you reach the right consistency for your favorite frozen concoction. Pour into tall mojito glasses and garnish with mint sprigs. Take a sip and get ready for the gorgeous summer weather coming soon.