Garden-grown basil can pile up fast. Here's a good use for it: basil-flavored oil, delicious on salads or drizzled over baguette slices topped with ricotta cheese. To make it, blanch 1 cup of basil leaves and blend them in a food processor with 1/2 cup olive oil and a pinch of salt. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week.
Mint-packed mojitos and juleps might be the most famous examples, but all kinds of cocktails will perk up when herbs are added to the mix. Muddling is the key to extracting the herbs' flavors and fragrant oils, done with a traditional bar tool similar to a mortar and pestle but gentler on delicate leaves, or the end of a wooden spoon. Here are four herbalicious drinks from our test kitchen.