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The best part of a harvest party? The drinks!

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We harvested the herbs and veggies from our communal garden and had a potluck dinner party.  The drinks, including spiked thyme-ginger lemonade and basil watermelon margaritas were the biggest hit.  Cheers!

Basil Watermelon Margarita by Fred Dexheimer, master sommelier

Recipe based on 1/4 of whole watermelon and making approx. a quart / 32oz of the Margarita

-Cut up and blend 1/4 of whole watermelon (one that is cut and wrapped in store is easiest)

- strain the juice using a fine sieve/strainer/chinois and discard solids (should yield about a quart / 32oz of juice)

- if you like basil you can add a couple basil leaves to blender and strain off with juice

Recipe using a 32 oz quart deli container

- 8oz blanco Tequila (Sauza is good and economical)

- 4oz Triple Sec

- juice of 3 limes

- 16oz of watermelon juice

- stir, add ice and enjoy

Ginger-thyme Lemonade

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 1/2 oz. fresh ginger, peeled and chopped OR 1 oz ginger-honey tonic (I used New Chapter's brand)

1/2 oz. fresh thyme leaves

2 cups fresh lemon juice

1-2 shots of Irish whisky (optional)

In saucepan, combine water, sugar, ginger and thyme over medium-high heat. Stir; remove from heat. Once cool, strain into a pitcher and add lemon juice. Stir. Pour and serve over ice. Add whiskey just before serving.

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thyme lemonade

Audrey at harvest party spread

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