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.
Concocted with flower-based cordials or waters, these libations supply delicate yet heady floral notes that complement other liqueurs or wines. Ideal for Mother's Day toasts, the beverages bring bouquets -- of flavors -- to a brunch or cocktail hour.