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PLANT A COCKTAIL HERB GARDEN

Planting Cocktail

If you have yet to jump on the gardening bandwagon during your shelter in place, perhaps a cocktail-centric herb garden will do the trick. These are all pretty easy to grow and do great in containers, and will keep your cocktails in peak form all summer.

Don’t forget, most of these herbs are delicate, so no need to be heavy handed when using them. Gently press with a muddle or your fingers to release the oils, rather than crushing them.

Mint

Mint

Mint is easy to grow and you can use it for so many different cocktails. Also it smells great! There are many varieties of mint, but spearmint, peppermint, and chocolate mint are probably the most commonly found in nurseries. Definitely plant mint in containers as it will take over your garden if left to its own devices. Makes a great simple syrup!

Use in: Mojitos! / Mint Julep / Southside / As a garnish

Minty Cocktails for Summer from Imbibe Magazine

Basil

Basil

A great culinary herb, basil also works well in cocktails, giving them a savory twist. Basil is a sun loving plant that’s sensitive to cold, so make sure there’s no risk of freezing temperatures where you plant it (or you can grow it indoors!). Add some basil to your next gin gimlet, garnish your Bloody Mary with a few leaves, muddle some basil with a few strawberries and make yourself a whiskey smash.

Use in: Bloodys / Gimlets / G & Ts / Seasonal Fruit Smash

Rosemary

Rosemary

I love verbena because it smells amazing and is a slightly less common addition to the garden. It makes a lovely syrup or a fragrant garnish, and plays well with clear and floral spirits like gin and pisco. Makes a great addition to a spiked lemonade!

Use in: Herbal teas / Infusions / Spanish G & T / Gin Gimlet

Rosemary Syrup Cocktails from Food and Wine

Lemon Verbena

Lemon Verbena

I love verbena because it smells amazing and is a slightly less common addition to the garden. It makes a lovely syrup or a fragrant garnish, and plays well with clear and floral spirits like gin and pisco. Makes a great addition to a spiked lemonade!

Use in: Herbal teas / Infusions / Spanish G & T / Gin Gimlet

Rosemary Syrup Cocktails from Food and Wine

Written by Nat Harry

Nat Harry curates the spirits portfolio at Cask stores, including selecting many of the shop’s single barrels and agave club offerings. A career bartender, Nat fell in love with artisan spirits while running a farm to table bar program at Berkeley’s Revival Bar & Kitchen, and has received accolades including the East Bay Express award for Best Bartender in the East Bay.

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