Although spring is still a few months off, it’s never too early to begin making plans for next season’s garden. Why not try something new and make an endeavor into cocktail gardening? There’s much more to an herb garden than meets the eye when you broaden your horizons from merely cooking. With these nifty cocktail gardening ideas and recipes you’ll be prepared to really spice up next year’s outdoor get-togethers.
What to Plant in Your Cocktail Garden
Cocktail gardening does not require a large amount of space. The majority of the plants that are involved in the following recipes can be grown in containers. Plants such as tomatoes, strawberries, and even limes can be grown in easily manageable pots.
A majority of herbs take up little space and can thus also be grown in small to medium sized containers. With a little bit of basic gardening experience, you can have everything from basil, mint, and chives, to dianthus, lavender, and lemon balm fresh at your fingertips. All it takes is a little creativity and know-how to put these herbs to good use.
Fresh Cocktails with a Kick
Impress guests at your next soirée by using your homegrown plants and herbs to give a fresh kick to cocktails and drinks. Use ripe strawberries and limes from the garden for refreshing and sweet martinis, margaritas, and daiquiris. Basil gives a zesty punch to martinis, and chives make a great addition to the classic bloody mary. Mint leaves never go out of style, and can be used to give drinks of all varieties a crisp boost.
If these recipes seem a little pedestrian to you, maybe something a little more unique is your style. Try breaking off a twig of sage to use as a stirring stick for martinis. Freeze lemon balm leaves into ice cubes to chill drinks with an added citrusy snap of flavor. To really wow guests, present them with your own herb-infused alcohol.
Pick Your Poison
To make dianthus-infused vodka, begin by snipping off some Cottage Pink dianthus blooms and separate the petals from the stems. Put the petals in a sealable glass jar and then cover with your favorite high-quality vodka. Place the sealed jar in a cool dark place and allow it to rest for a couple days, until all of the color has drained from the dianthus pedals. Alternatively, white wine works just as well.
For those non-drinking guests in attendance at your next gathering how about whipping up a jug of lavender or basil-infused lemonade? This creative take on the traditional classic summertime drink will have even the children raving about your fantastic drinks. By combining your fresh herbs with recipes like these, you’ll be throwing splendid cocktail parties all summer long.