How to grow your own cocktail garnishes

Alice Vincent, author of How To Grow Stuff, and Portobello Road Gin take us through how to grow thyme, mint and other fancy garnishes to make our cocktails feel a little more special

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Use the mint in a Summer Cup

  • 40ml gin
  • 20ml Distillery Summer Cup
  • 1 tsp strawberry jam
  • Merchant Heart tonic (Floral Aromatic)
  • 1 dash homemade garden bitters (optional)

Mix all of the ingredients together in a copa glass and garnish with strawberries, mint and juniper berries.


Use the thyme in a Thyme Well Spent 

  • 40ml gin
  • 20ml thyme liqueur
  • 10ml thyme syrup 
  • 25ml lemon juice 
  • 25ml egg white 
  • 1 dash homemade garden bitters (optional)

Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Add ice to the shaker and shake again. Pour into a collins or hi-ball glass, top with soda, then garnish with a sprig of thyme and an edible flower.

To make a thyme syrup, mix a cup of water and a cup of caster sugar together in a non-reactive pan over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Simmer for two minutes. Rub 4 thyme sprigs between your hands to release the oils and remove the leaves, then drop them into the pan. Simmer for 10 minutes, remove from the heat, then leave to cool. Pour through a muslin cloth to remove the leaves and bottle. Keep for up to two weeks. 

Use the pansy in a Garden Shrub

  • 50ml gin
  • 40ml Cranberry and Sage shrub
  • Cranberry tonic (to top up the glass with)
  • 1 dash homemade garden bitters (optional)

Mix all of the ingredients together, pour into a copa glass, and garnish with cranberries, a sage leaf, and an edible flower.

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