When I first heard about the AeroGarden I knew I needed to try it! It’s my science experiment-loving inner child that was curious if it works. And if it does work, how cool it would be for my family living on the east coast who can’t grow herbs outside in the winter. Even for me, my outdoor mint seems to be eaten by bugs all the time and I can’t keep it thriving! So when AeroGarden asked if I would test this out, I was all about it. The best part is you only have to add water about once a week, hooray!! Good thing for me since I forget to water my plants outside.
It’s a pretty simple process… you get seed pods with the AeroGarden and some plant food. You just add water, place the seed pods in the holes, add some plant food, turn the light on and they’re off! We watched them go from nothing, to little tiny sprouts, to herbs I can cook with! They took about 9 days to sprout, sprouting at different times and some do take longer than others. I planted 7 different herbs, but you could do all of the same or even 2 you would use the most. My basil did the best and thrived the most. I decided to make an infused simple syrup with it because what’s better than freshly picked herbs to infuse syrups with?! I also added ginger and turmeric into the syrup. The flavor was outstanding. I used the syrup with a little lightly-sweetened lemonade and vodka with shaved ice… THE BEST. Recipe below. Also, this would be a fun last minute gift for the holidays!!
Aero Basil Spiked Lemonade
1/2 cup lightly sweetened lemonade (homemade or I like Newman’s Own too) 1 oz vodka
1/2 ounce fresh basil and ginger simple syrup (recipe below)
Combine all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain over a small glass filled with shaved ice. Garnish with AeroGarden
basil and a lemon slice!
Basil Ginger Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
handful of fresh basil
1/4 cup fresh ginger peeled and chopped 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
In a heavy sauce pan, bring the water and sugar to a slight boil until the sugar is dissolved. Add in the basil, ginger and turmeric and bring to boil for a few minutes. Then lower the heat and simmer for another 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool. Strain the syrup and discard the ginger and basil.