Best Herbs and Cocktails for the Holidays

Herbs, I love them! I use them in recipes year-round, but even more so for the Holidays…especially in boozy drinks 😉

If you enjoy using fresh or dried herbs in your recipes, you can usually get them year-round. During the winter, the following herbs are easy to find even in the cold season, and really go perfectly with all your holiday recipes.


One herb you will see used often in winter recipes is rosemary. This is because it is ideal to use with various super foods and other dishes you will prepare in the cold, winter months, plus you can grow it throughout the year. So, regardless of the climate you live in, you can find rosemary that is fresh even in the dead of winter. Rosemary is wonderful when used fresh for hearty dishes like beef and lamb, and also goes wonderful with chicken and vegetarian dishes. It also has some health benefits, including helping with digestive problems.

Looking for a killer holiday cocktail? Try this one (but sub out the sugar for something like maple syrup): Fresh Cranberry Rosemary Vodka Spritzer


Another herb that you can use in the winter for your different recipes is basil. This is a very popular herb because it is easy to find and very versatile. There really is so much you can do with it, from making your own pesto at home, to adding it to various Italian dishes (I throw it in everything). You can use fresh basil, but don’t shy away from dried if that is all you can find.

Another great cocktail: Basil Hayden’s Holiday Spice


This is such a wonderful herb to use during the winter, and you can find it just about all winter long, whether you grow it yourself at home (I’ve got a ton out back!) or get it fresh from a local grocery store. Mint is on the stronger side, so keep that in mind when you are choosing what to use it in. While you might use multiple leaves of basil or twigs of rosemary, you really only need a single leaf of mint for the typical meal. Of course, this will depend on what you are preparing as well. The great thing about mint is that not only are there many food dishes you can make with it, but it is amazing for those fun holiday drinks.

My favorite way to use it: make a batch of mint water. Just throw a ton leaves into a pitcher of filtered water, and it is delicious!


The last herb to consider for your holiday recipes is thyme. This is very similar to mint, both in how strong of an herb is, and how quickly it can grow both indoors and outdoors. Thyme is wonderful when you are making a meat dish like pork or beef, and adding sage to it as well. It is also a good compliment to lemon tones in your dishes, which happens to be a popular winter superfood.

Another fabulous cocktail: Lemon Thyme Holiday Cocktail

Truly, you can’t go wrong with any spices, but these are especially great for the Holidays.

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