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If you’re already daydreaming about moscow mules on your stoop, make those dreams a reality with five herbs that will grow into perfect summer cocktail companions. The best part? All you need is a window to grow them. 

Mint

This pungently sweet herb is best grown in a pot by itself. It can quickly overtake a container garden when left to it’s own devices. Keep it in a spot that gets a good amount of midday sun (up to six hours) and make sure it’s always moist. If the top layer is dry to the touch, it could use a spritz. Pluck the leaves before they flower.

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A Strawberry Mojito from White on Rice Couple

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Basil

It’s just as amazing on top of fresh-from-the-farmstand tomatoes as it is in a drink. Basil does not do well if it’s overwatered, so choose a container that allows for drainage. Water it at the base of the plant, and make sure it gets lots of midday sun. Snip the leaves above where two large leaves meet in order to keep it growing out and not up.

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Gin Basil Smash from Kitchen Magpie

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Cilantro

Cilantro’s roots run deep. Plant it in a deep pot with good drainage so the soil stays moist, but never soaked. Though it loves sun, it doesn’t need direct sunlight, so keeping it near a window is best. This herb does well in cooler temps, so if you’re a bit heavy-handed with the AC come summer, it’ll thrive.

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Cilantro Margarita from Nutmeg Nanny

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Thyme

One of the easiest herbs for those with a lackluster green thumb, thyme is super hardy. You don’t have to water it regularly since it’s naturally drought resistant. Plus, it can survive in temperatures ranging from 50 to upwards of 80 degrees, so a finicky home cooling system can’t be to blame if it doesn’t make it onto your summer menu.

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Love Potion Cocktail from Lark & Linen

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Rosemary

Though most gardeners prefer to keep their rosemary in a garden outdoors, keeping it alive in your apartment can happen. (One Domino staffer kept hers alive all winter with the help of a CFL.) Keep it in the brightest window in your space, and water only when soil is dry to the touch. These are more susceptible to growing mildew, so keeping a window open or a fan on is key.

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Lemon & Rosemary Bourbon Sour from Foxes Love Lemons

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Published on April 18, 2017