Garden Drink Garnishes to Close Out Your Summer Garden in Style
Summer gardens offer guests and mixologists an abundance of garden drink garnishes. With summer coming to an official close, you may be wondering what to do with the rest of your seasonal herbs. Rather than having to toss or let your garden wilt, throw an unconventional end-of summer bash complete with cocktails garnished with herbs from your garden.
Below are a couple different herbal/vegetal cocktails recipes for you to experiment with. Perhaps you’ll choose to mix up some classic mint cocktails – the Julep and the Mojito – with the colorful edition of Campari. Or, if you’re more of a vodka person, try adding pickled vegetables or fresh thyme to your drinks (you won’t regret it!).
To let your friends really get creative, try setting up a DIY herb garnish station (inspiration images below), complete with a muddler and complementary mixers so that everyone can play bartender. It’s the perfect way to spend the last few weeks of summer while you can still entertain outside.
Created by Anthony Bohlinger (Maison Premier, Seamstress NYC)
2 oz. elit Vodka
.75 oz Sage Infused Dolin Dry Vermouth*
2 dashes of celery bitters
Fire & Spice
Created by Edwin Medina, No 8
2 oz elit Vodka
.5 oz Trader Joe’s Spicy Pickled Vegetable Juice
.5 oz Dry Vermouth
Shake all ingredients and double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with pickled vegetables.
Bitter Baby Julep
1 1/2 oz Cynar
1/2 oz Campari
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth (Cocchi)
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 Lemon (in wedges)
Fresh Mint Sprigs (2)
Muddle the lemon wedges, add the mint sprigs, and muddle lightly. Add rest of the ingredients, shake with ice, and strain over a Julep cup (or Double Old Fashioned) filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a dash of Angostura Bitters and a fresh mint sprig.
Created by Arturo Sighinolfi, Director of Development and Mixology at SWS Miami
.5 oz. Campari
1.5 oz. Flor de Cana Rum
.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
.75 oz. Simple Syrup
1 oz. Prosecco
3 Mint Sprigs
Method: Muddle mint, syrup and lemon juice. Add Campari and rum, shake and pour. Top with Prosecco and garnish with mint sprig.