Would a mojito or a mint julep be the same without mint? Probably not. Herbs add so much flavor to cocktails whether muddled into the drink or cooked into a syrup. The herbal flavors help round out a drink by shaping it into something that is refreshing, clean and bright. But mint isn't the only herb that can go into the making of a cocktail. Have you ever thought to try thyme, basil or even cilantro? You'd be surprised as to how well these herbs do work. Our slideshow below includes herbal cocktail recipes from across the web. We think any of them would be especially great for enjoying all summer long.

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  • Xanadu Basil And Grapefruit Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://steamykitchen.com/4269-xanadu-cocktail-basil-and-grapefruit.html" target="_hplink">Xanadu Basil and Grapefruit Cocktail recipe from Steamy Kitchen</a></strong> The perfume of the basil and the tartness of the grapefruit create a well-balanced match in this gin-based cocktail.

  • Wild Apple And Sage Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://allieruthdesign.blogspot.com/2012/06/drinking-in-season-wild-apple-and-sage.html" target="_hplink">Wild Apple and Sage Cocktail recipe from Allie Ruth Design</a></strong> Tart apple and sage are muddled together in this vodka cocktail, which is sweetened with a sage simply syrup. It's earthy and refreshing.

  • Rosemary Lime Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://joythebaker.com/2011/11/rosemary-lime-cocktail/" target="_hplink">Rosemary Lime Cocktail recipe from Joy the Baker</a></strong> Rosemary simple syrup is the key to flavoring these vodka cocktails. Lime juice adds lots of brightness to contrast with the piny flavor of the rosemary.

  • Lillet Basil Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bookcooker.blogspot.com/2012/03/cocktail-hour-lillet-basil-cocktail.html" target="_hplink">Lillet Basil Cocktail recipe from Book Cooker</a></strong> The flavors in this drink make it the perfect cocktail for summer. Lillet (a French aperitif), gin, orange juice and basil combine to create this seasonal refresher.

  • Dill Pickley Gin And Tonic

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bookcooker.blogspot.com/2012/05/pickley-gin-tonic.html" target="_hplink">Dill Pickley Gin and Tonic recipe from Book Cooker</a></strong> Sometimes it's worth messing with a classic, like the gin and tonic. Fresh dill and cucumber are muddled together for this refreshing cocktail.

  • Berry Rosemary Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://inspiredkara.blogspot.com/2012/06/berry-rosemary-cocktail.html" target="_hplink">Berry Rosemary Cocktail recipe from Inspired Kara</a></strong> Choose your favorite berries and muddle them with rosemary to create the base flavor for this gin cocktail. The rosemary adds a unique earthy flavor.

  • Salted Plum Haamonii Shochu With Lemon Verbena Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodwoolf.com/2009/05/salted-plum-haamonii-shochu-cocktail.html" target="_hplink">Salted Plum Haamonii Shochu with Lemon Verbena Cocktail recipe from Food Wolf</a></strong> The Japanese liquor Haamonii Shochu takes center stage in this cocktail. The flavor pairings include sour plums and lemon verbena. The cayenne rim completes the tart drink.

  • Strawberry Thyme Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2012/04/strawberry-thyme-cocktail-guest-post.html" target="_hplink">Strawberry Thyme Cocktail recipe from All Day I Dream About Food</a></strong> Strawberries and citrusy thyme work well in this unique cocktail. A strawberry and thyme syrup is the flavor base for the vodka cocktail.

  • Celery Cilantro Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/04/celery-cilantro-cocktail.html" target="_hplink">Celery Cilantro Cocktail recipe from Skinny Taste</a></strong> Celery and cilantro muddled together create a unique peppery flavor that works well in this citrus vodka cocktail. Lime juice balances all the flavors. Top with seltzer.

  • Shiso Martini

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/312706/shiso-martinis" target="_hplink">Shiso Martini recipe from MarthaStewart.com</a> </strong> A classic martini is hard to beat, but this one is extra special with shiso, a Japanese herb that's sort of like a cross between mint and basil.

  • Mint Julep

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://forksknivesandspades.blogspot.com/2011/05/mint-julep.html" target="_hplink">Mint Julep recipe from Forks, Knives and Spades</a></strong> If you just want the most classic herbal cocktail, than choose the mint julep. It's just Bourbon with mint and sugar.

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