STUDIO CITY ( — Cooking in the summer can be more fun when the ingredients are taken fresh out of the backyard.

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Chris and Peyton Lambton of HGTV’s “Going Yard” visited KCAL9 Thursday to discuss sustainable gardening and how to get the most out of summer gardens.

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The outdoor living experts showed that planting herbs, vegetables and fruit doesn’t have to be a huge production. Opting for colorful pots is a great way to decorate the backyard and takes up very little space. Plants like tomatoes, cilantro, basil and mint do well in pots and are easy to maintain.

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The Lambton’s also shared some recipes for fresh summer cocktails using ingredients from the garden:

Drink #1:  Watermelon Mint Margarita

  • To make, pull apart two large mint leaves and place in glass with ice.
  • In a shaker, combine 1.5 ounces premium silver tequila (Agave uses Herradura Silver), 3 ounces fresh watermelon pulp, 0.5 ounce fresh lime juice and a splash of sweet & sour. Shake and pour over ice, and garnish with a lime.

Drink #2:  Minty Cucumber Gin & Tonic

  • Gardening app Sprout it came up with this combo that uses primarily garden-fresh ingredients: In the bottom of a highball glass, muddle a few fresh mint leaves and some thinly sliced English cucumber.
  • Fill glass with ice, pour in two ounces of gin (they like Watershed’s Bourbon Barrel gin) and top with tonic. “Stir once and garnish with mint and a lime wedge,” says a spokesman.

Drink #3:  Flavored waters

  • For a refreshing and tasty way to stay hydrated this summer, we love adding sliced citrus and herbs such as basil, rosemary or thyme to a pitcher of water in your fridge.  It’s tasty without a lot of fuss or unnecessary calories!
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Props List: 

  • Colorful ice cube trays
  • Pitcher with infusing core
  • Drinking glasses
  • Fresh potted Herbs:  cilantro, basil, rosemary, mint, thyme
  • Salsa Garden:  Tomatoes, Hot Peppers
  • Gardening sheers
  • Gardening gloves (x3)
  • Food processor
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Drink ingredients