I've established that I don't grow a vegetable garden. I do, however, have some herbs in various places around my yard. Sometimes, I use those herbs in cocktails like the lemon balm in my Backyard Foraged cocktail. If you have herbs growing in your garden, think beyond the pasta sauce and start thinking about cocktails. This handy infographic has ideas to make cocktails using six common herbs in your garden: mint, coriander (cilantro), basil, lemon verbena, lavender and rosemary.

grow your own cocktailsThis handy guide will give you ideas for creating garden fresh cocktails. (Photo: Love the Garden)

Here are some additional cocktail recipes that start out in the garden.

Do you have a favorite cocktail that uses herbs fresh from the garden?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

How to grow a cocktail garden
Those herbs in your backyard can spice up so much more than just your dinner menu.