These cocktails are flavored with simple syrups infused with fresh herbs, mixed with ingredients that seem summery, but can feel just right even on a cold night. To make the simple syrups, bring equal parts sugar and water to a simmer for a few minutes, then remove from heat and add the herbs and flavorings and allow to steep for 15 minutes or more, checking the flavor until it tastes right. Strain the syrup into a jar, cool, and store in refrigerator.

meg944 infuses simple syrup with fresh ginger, mint, and basil, and mixes up a tropical drink with rum, ginger ale, and coconut milk:

4 oz. fresh lime juice
4 oz. white rum
2 oz. ginger/mint/basil-infused simple syrup
2 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
4 dashes orange bitters
a couple of fresh mint leaves

Crush the mint leaves and rub them around the rims of 4 tall glasses. Shake remaining ingredients and pour over ice.

kelvin8r uses simple syrup infused with mint and orange zest in a slushy rum drink he’s dubbed Mango Madness that he says is in demand year-round: Blend a ripe mango with fresh orange juice, lime juice, and mint/orange zest-infused simple syrup. Strain and blend with ice and rum to taste. If it’s too thick, add sparkling water, then pour over ice. Proportions depend upon the ripeness and flavor of the mango. If it’s sweet, add less syrup and lime juice. If it’s not, increase the syrup and perk it up with more lime.

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