Build Your Own Cocktail Garden Collection

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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.   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, read the book, and click here to download a poster showing all the plants in the collection. Cheers!


  1. We live in ferndale and started reading your blog for a couple years now. We have a side garden in our backyard along our garage that we are transforming into a drunken botanist garden that is similar to yours in eureka. With the weather being the same in ferndale as in eureka (well minus the flooding haha) we are excited to plant a garden that works in this climate. We are also building six garden boxes in our side lot to accommodate the six drunken botanist plant collections. My question is if those plants in the plant collections are known to do well here in humboldt county also? Do you grow all the plants from your collections in eureka as well?
    I preorderd your book from your store eureka books and am eargerly awaiting it’s arrival!

  2. Hi! There are definitely things like tomatoes and peppers that don’t do so well in our cool climate unless you give them a greenhouse or some kind of extra protection. But most of the herbs, fruit, and other vegetables will do just fine.

    • Ok. Good to know. We already do tomatoes and peppers in our greenhouse so I will continue to grow those there. Glad to know the other things will do okay. Worked today on cleaning out the allium bulbs ( can I use those onion bulbs in drinks do u know? They are like a weed in our garden!) and the ivy and crocosmia?? What a nightmare! Are there any pics online I can use as a blue print of your side garden? My husband wants to build me a planting table like yours. I found the drawings those are nice. Thank you for your response earlier 🙂

    • Amy,
      Those are perfect! Thank you. I had read that post before and see you added the before and after section. Perfect timing for me! Thanks again.

  3. Just got your book, and my Gin Garden and Tequila Garden plants from Territorial Seed! What fun! Really excited & hope they do well here at our Inn in southern WV!

  4. Hi,
    I found your book at my town’s library in Sterling, MA and I am enjoying it immensely. I am looking forward to mentioning it on my blog page. I like the bit on the Sake Nomenclature pg 82. I just got throught the bit on “The Witchweed” on pg 95; disturbed me a bit as I am dressed brightly today; yet I more identified as a sorghum to be eradicated.

    I am sorry if you don’t understand. As you may not read this post. I reside in the basement of my in-laws and it is volatile. So with the Striga emerging aboveground, and the Sorghum is mostly dead and the striga flourishes alongside of her. I am juxtaposing mother-in-law and failing daughter in law and her eldest daughter who lives in household as well…with her sons teenage boys.

    What can I say? Mine is a taxing mind and most frail.

    Sorry, if not understood.

    It is trully a lovely book! Eureka even.