How do you make a cocktail garden and what are the easiest homemade cocktails to make?

EVERYBODY likes to spice up a mojito with fresh mint, or a gin and tonic with fragrant rosemary or lavender.

Imagine garnishing your favourite tipple with fresh herbs grown in your very own cocktail garden…

Herbs, fruits and vegetables can be grown at home in a cocktail garden to provide garnishes for drinks

How do you make a cocktail garden?

A cocktail garden is a collection of plants grown in order to produce ingredients to be added to cocktails.

Making cocktails with fresh home-grown herbs can elevate a drink, and many ingredients can be easily cultivated at home, even with little space.

By planting fruits, herbs, and vegetables needed to make cocktails, you are creating what is known as a cocktail garden.

Cocktail gardens can include anything from fruits like lemons, oranges, strawberries and cucumbers, to herbs like basil and thyme – all ingredients needed to make fresh and fragrant cocktails.

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What are the easiest homemade cocktails to make?

Mojito

To make a mojito with fresh mint from your cocktail garden, simply bash together sugar, lime juice, and mint before adding rum, stirring in soda water, and topping with ice and more fresh mint.

Mojito ingredients:

  • The juice of one lime
  • One tea spoon of granulated sugar
  • A small handful of fresh mint leaves from your cocktail garden and, an extra sprig of fresh mint to serve
  • 60ml of white rum
  • Soda water, to top up
  • Ice

Strawberry gin and tonic

To make a strawberry G&T, bash together the fresh strawberries and basil from your cocktail garden, add a squeeze of fresh lime before topping with gin, tonic water and topping with more fresh strawberries and basil.

Strawberry G&T ingredients:

  • 60ml of gin
  • 120ml of tonic water
  • Handful of smashed fresh strawberries
  • Handful of shredded fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh lime to taste

Rosemary greyhound

For this cocktail, mix grapefruit juice, ice, and vodka together in a glass, before adding lemon juice and garnishing with a wedge of lemon and a couple of springs of fresh rosemary from your cocktail garden.

Rosemary greyhound ingredients:

  • 50ml of vodka
  • 200ml of grapefruit juice
  • Two twigs of fresh rosemary to garnish
  • One fresh lemon

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