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The four must-have herbs to grow and create a cocktail garden this summer


If you’re starting to think about tiptoeing back into a social life this summer, why not consider hosting a simple backyard party with delicious long mixed drinks inspired by the garden. 

To help add a sense of style to your next garden get-together, Fever-Tree cocktail expert, Cam Timmins says one of the easiest things you can do is grow a handful of fresh herbs and create your own cocktail garden. 

From zingy mint to aromatic rosemary, establishing your own herbaceous garnish garden will allow you to elevate your drink from the ordinary to the outstanding – adding an instant sense of home-grown style! 

Here are Cam’s top four easy to grow fresh cocktail garnishes at home. 

Thyme

Similar to its cousin the classical Thyme, Lemon Thyme offers a slightly softer savoury flavour, without bitterness and a stronger citrus tone. 

Serve suggestion: In a tall glass over ice, add a measure of Vodka, ½ a measure of lemon juice, ½ measure of Sauvignon Blanc and Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic. Give the liquid a quick stir and garnish with a fresh sprig of Lemon Thyme and a lemon wedge. 

Rosemary

Rich and woody, a sprig of rosemary is a delicious addition to a G&T. It also looks particularly festive if you’re serving a Christmas inspired drink and is fantastic as a garnish with our Mediterranean Tonic. 

Serve suggestion: In a Coppa glass (a large wine glass will do) some large fresh ice cubes, a measure of Gin Mare and Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic garnished with a slice of lemon, a few olives and the all-important sprig of Rosemary. While we may not be able to jet off to Santorini or Mykonos, we can certainly try with this! 

Mint

A classic cocktail herb that can be used as an eye-catching garnish or frozen in an ice cube. Mint does spread easily, so consider planting it in its own container so it doesn’t take over! 

Serve suggestion: 1x thin slice of cucumber, 6-8 fresh mint leaves, 1 measure of Cachaca, ½ measure of fresh lime juice, 1 measure of cloudy apple juice and Fever-Tree Lime & Yuzu Soda. Add all ingredients into a tall glass over fresh ice and remember to ‘Clap’ the mint between your hands to release the oils! 

Sweet Basil

A fun addition to a summer Spritz which also pairs beautifully with lightly flavoured spirits so you can taste, and smell, its unique and delicate aroma. 

Serve suggestion: 1/3 measure of white rum, 1 measure of Aperol, squeeze of lemon and Fever-Tree Italian Blood Orange Soda. 

Add all ingredients into a glass over fresh ice and garnish with a slice of lemon and 3-4 sweet basil leaves. 

Growing tips 

For those who have limited outdoor space, this one’s for you. A small balcony or sunny windowsill is the perfect spot to grow your own cocktail garden.

All you need is a small planter box or flowerpot, with a drainage hole in the bottom, good quality compost, a selection of seedlings and you’re ready to grow! 

Tip: Herbs like full sun, the key to growing a great garnish is to make sure they are in a position to catch as many rays as possible. Water into the soil, rather than on top of the plant and be careful not to overwater. 

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