This is the time of year Swizzle likes to reference the great Amy Stewart book The Drunken Botanist. This is a classic! Growing your own herbs and cocktail ingredients is not only economical, but makes you look pretty fancy when mixing for friends. We typically grow the staples of our summer drinks. We already have thyme, basil, rosemary and the ever popular mint growing on our patio. These are easy to grow in any climate and in the ground or containers. Believe us when we say you will use these often!
Taking things a bit further, growing ingredients for shrubs, simple syrups and general cocktail use can be quite a kick, as well. We love cultivating rhubarb, blueberries, tomatoes and peppers. All of which are used throughout summer for freshly harvested cocktails.
Break out your green thumb and give it a try! You won’t regret it when you pour yourself a Gin and Rosemary Lemonade or a Bloody Mary with fresh peppered tomato juice. Cheers to warmer weather!