OK, here’s the deal: cocktail-friendly plants for your own garden, at your bar or restaurant, or on your farm–we’ve got them. The Territorial Seed Company has put together a Drunken Botanist Plant & Seed Collection based on my book of the same name, and wholesale grower Log House Plants, based in Oregon, is supplying the plants to garden centers and other retailers on the West Coast.
Meanwhile, I’ve put together several pages of growing tips and recipes for the plants in the c0llection. You can find all of that right here, but I’ll also put some individual links below.
The Mixologist’s Simple Syrup Collection: Six herbs that lend themselves to simple syrups, infused vodkas, homemade liqueurs, DIY bitters, and flavored salts and sugars.
The Farmers Market Vodka Garden: Six herbs and vegetables that make fantastic sweet and savory vodka cocktails.
The Old Havana Rum Garden: Fruit and herbs to pair with rum drinks, including a hard-to-find authentic Cuban mint.
The Heart of Agave Tequila Garden: Okay, we didn’t put a lime tree in this collection–it wouldn’t fit in the six-pack–but you’ll find other fantastic herbs and fruits to pair with tequila and mezcal.
The Southern Belle Whiskey Garden: As with the tequila collection, I would have included a peach tree if I thought we could fit one in a six-pack! Instead, we have herbs whose sweet and savory notes work very well with whiskey, including the true Southern mint for mint juleps–just add your own sugar and ice!
The Old Tom Gin Collection: What herbs, fruits, and vegetables don’t go with gin? We had a hard time narrowing it down, but we came up with some great choices, including the amazing, tiny, Mexican sour gherkin cucumbers. No bigger than an olive with tangy cucumber flavor! Incredible.
Black Currants: Log House is also selling black currants in a one-gallon size. Make your own cassis and you’ll be drinking Kir Royales all summer.
If you want to know more, explore the rest of this site, check Territorial‘s website, read the book, and check out my cocktail gardening ideas on Pinterest. Click here to download a poster showing all the plants in the collection. Cheers!