It’s Friday! So time to talk tipples, right? I’m on the side of the nation with this one. It’s all about the gin. Forest gin for something that little bit special and Chase GB for an everyday drink. Not that I drink it every day. Honestly.
Last year, for my birthday, a friend bought me a box of gin accompaniments - rose petals, lavender flowers, green cardamom pods, pink peppercorns, juniper berries, star anise, saffron threads and rosemary - and it got me thinking about other popular herbs that are used in cocktails.
Which, in turn, led to the creation of a cocktail herb garden … the perfect kind of garden for the green-fingered and non-green-fingered alike, don’t you think?
It was so simple to put together.
I bought lime basil, lemon balm, mint, cucamelon seeds and planted them in disposable pots so that they would grow a little before replanting them in their final home. And then all it took was acrylic and glitter paints and a quiet hour spent listening to the radio and adding a touch more colour and sparkle to the terracotta pots and bases.
Of course, I could have left the pots in their natural state, but cocktails?! It's a cocktail herb garden! You can't drink cocktails without a bit of glitz and glamour, can you? That would just be wrong.
I think a cocktail herb garden would make a lovely handmade gift for someone. Take the time to type out or handwrite a few recipe cards for drinks that include your herbs, tie them together with twine or a length or ribbon and then they’re ready to hand over to your chosen recipient for taste approval.
I will mention that if you want to create something similar, you'll need to finish the pots and base with clear varnish to make them water resistant. You don't want your beautiful (and glittery, hopefully) paintwork to run.
So what do you think? Fancy a mojito? Just bring the rum!