Cocktail Garden: Creating your Own to Spice up your Summer

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If you love making cocktails in summer, you can have a cocktail garden to have herbs and plants you can use in your cocktails.

It is easy to refreshen your martinis and margaritas with fresh herbs,

Moreover, you can keep some of them close by growing several varieties together in a pot.

When you grow a pot with herbs, you will always want to enhance your favorite garden-inspired cocktail.

You will need a sunny location, a large container, and some of the most flavourful herbs for mixology.

These containers can have lavender, basil, and rosemary.

However, if you have other favorite garnishes, you can add them to your herb garden as well.

You can use lavender’s fragrant purple flower as a garnish or stirring stick for a martini, or use them to impart an intriguing flavor to the lemonade.

While you can use Basil for an interesting martini or refreshing spiked lemonade.

On the other hand, rosemary can help add a unique flavor to any cocktail and looks festive as a garnish.

Sounds Interesting?

Keep in reading.

Cocktail Garden: What you will Need?

It is important to note that you can enhance your container with more cocktail-themed accents.

For this, you can use corks as mulch and label the plants with signs made from slices of bread, supported with a skewer, that resembles drink coasters.

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What you will Need?

For a cocktail garden, you will need the following things:

  • large container
  • potting mix
  • the plants you want to have in your cocktail garden like basil, lavender, strawberry, etc
  • tree-slice labels
  • wine corks
  • permanent marker

Making your Cocktail Garden

Follow the steps below to grow your own cocktail garden:

Step 1# Pot Plants

Fill the bottom half of the container with potting mix, plant basil, lavender, or other herbs of your choice.

Moreover, you will need to plant herbs 1 to 2 inches below the lip of the container, as this will allow room for dense layers of corks.

Continue to fill the container with potting soil and surround it with new plantings.

Step 2# Place Corks

In this step, cover the exposed soil with a thick layer of wine corks.

Not only do they have the ability to bold moisture, but they also help to add the cocktail them of the container.

Step 3# Create Labels

If you are unable to find already-made tree slice labels, you can make your own with the help of fallen or pruned tree limbs.

Or you can create DIY Plant labels with a different style.

With a sharp saw, carefully cut a tree branch into ¼- to ½–inch-thick sections.

Then using a nail or ice pick, make a hole on the edge.

However, make sure to wear garden gloves for protection. A drill with a small bit can also work for this purpose.

Lastly, insert a bamboo skewer as the stake, and write the plant names on the labels with the help of a permanent marker.

Learn more about Container Gardening: Everything you need to Know here.

Home-Grown Fruits in a Cocktail Garden

The hardiness zone of the area you live in will help determine the fruits you can grow for beverages.

The list is limited, however, in cooler regions, but these fruits are pretty universal.

Especially if you select a suitable variety. Moreover, a number of these do not take up garden space or require maintainance and can add edible interest to your landscaping.

With a shorter growing season, you will need to harvest fruits as they ripe, which will change throughout the year.

In spring, you will have to pick cherries, berries, and melons during the hot summer, then start fall with fresh apples.

Moreover, to preserve their fresh taste and enjoy off-season drinks, juice or freeze the fruits, or use them in infusion and syrups.

Apple: Apple tree will thrive in full sun, with neutral soil pH.

The tree will bloom in summer, while their hardiness zones are 3 to 8 USDA.

Blackberries: These plants will need full sun for growth, a rich, well-draining pot with loam soil, and slightly acidic to neutral soil, i.e. 5.5 to 7.0.

The hardiness zones are 5 to 8. It is important to note that these plants will need a moderate amount of water, around 1-inch per week.

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Strawberry: It is important to note that strawberries love to thrive in full sun, so make sure to locate them in a bright sunny spot.

Furthermore, rich soil with a pH of 6 to 6.5 will work best for them, while the soil needs to be well-draining. While water you plant with an average of 1 to 2 inches every day.

However, drip or soaker hoses will work best for the strawberry plant.

Grapes: Grapes love to thrive in full sun, with slightly acidic to neutral soil.

These plants will do best in USDA zones of 2 to 10. Make sure that the soil is well-draining, deep, and loose with good air circulation.

You can also grow cherry, raspberry, and melon in your cocktail garden.

Herbs you can have in your Garden

There are plenty of herbs you can add to your garden that will thrive in a container garden.

Moreover, these will help add a twist to your favorite cocktails. These are:

Basil: Basil loves to thrive in full some, while it also will do good in some shade in very hot climates, in rich soil with 5.1 to 8.5 soil pH.

The hardiness zones are 10 to 11. Make sure to water them deeply on regular basis but the soil should be well-draining.

These plants are heat lovers, so plant them when the daytime temperature is in the 70s and nighttime temperatures are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chamomile: Chamomile will need full sun exposure, and thrives in well-draining soil with neutral soil pH.

The USDA hardiness zones they will grow in are from 2 to 9. Make sure to water them about an inch per week, and as they age and establish themselves, these plants are drought tolerant.

However, in extremely hot climates, they will appreciate a bit more moisture.

Chamomile with thrive in any summer weather under 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and prefers a moderate temperature range of 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Dill: This culinary herb will do best in full sun, with rich, well-draining soil while the soil pH should be 6.5.

The USDA hardiness zones they grow in are 2 to 11. Keep your dill plant consistently moist without allowing the soil to become soggy or soaked.

However, the soil should not dry out as that can cuase the plant to prematurely bolt to seed.

Dill is a very cold-hardy plant and can tolerate temperatures as low as 25 degrees Fahrenheit, while the optimal temperature is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lavender: Lavender will grow best in full sunlight in lean soil without a lot of organic matter in it.

Furthermore, this plant loves well-draining soil with a pH below 6.5. This is a drought-tolerant plant once established.

It is important to note that they can handle extended periods of drought, in fact, too much water can lead to fungal disease, and root rot.

Additionally, they can withstand a range of temperatures.

You can have lemon balm or lemon verbena, lemon grass, mint, rosemary, sage, tarragon, and thyme in your herb garden as well.

In the Vegetable Garden

In most cases, you will think more about how to cook home-grown veggies than adding them to your drinks.

However, you can use the most common plants in the vegetable garden to create fascinating beverages.

Carrots: Though the plant grows underground, the foliage will need full sun to partial shade for them to grow quickly.

Moreover, carrots will need loose, well-draining soil and they prefer slightly acidic soil ranging from 6.0 to 6.8.

Make sure to water them at least one inch a week. These biennials will grow in all zones and all climates.

However, they grow the best when the temperatures are above 55 degrees Fahrenheit and the daytime temperature is 75 degrees.

Cucumber: Cucumbers like warm, humid weather, loose, organic soil, and plenty of sunlight.

Therefore, make sure that the potting soil is well-draining and fertile. Soil should be moist but not soggy with a pH around 6.5to 7.0.

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Furthermore, they will need watering at least one inch per week.

Peppers: Peppers love to thrive in a sunny, well-draining pot with deep, rich, loamy soil.

Throughout the growing season, make sure your plant receives an inch of water per week while checking them during periods of extreme heat and drought.

You can also grow peas, tomatoes, etc, in your vegetable garden.

Edible Flower Garden

To add beauty to your drinks, you can have edible flowers with varying groups of blossoms.

As decorating, floating a small flower in a glass will make a lovely garnish,

You can also choose to freeze blooms into ice.

Moreover, some flowers like borage, pansies, rose, and violets will add soft flavor ad aroma when you infuse them into beverage ingredients.

It is important to note that bunching flowers is fun to harvest for drinks as well.

For instance, elderflowers are popular English beverages, like elderflower cordial and liqueur.

Just like thm, lilac is a pure delight when you transform them into a syrup for lilac lemonade and spring-worthy martinis.

However, not every flower is suitable for drinks or even foods.

You will need to pick flowers only from chemical-free plants, and properly identify them as some of them can be poisonous.

Final Thoughts

Fresh ingredients will help to create the best cocktails and drinks that offer a number of possibilities for garden-fresh mixers and garnishes.

Planting a cocktail garden is a great way to customize and improve your drinking experience, especially if you love and enjoy gardening.

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