How to grow your own cocktail ingredients at home

Boost your evening G&T with some home-grown herbs (Image:

Is there anything more rewarding than a refreshing, thirst-quenching cocktail while watching the sunset?

Well, there really is – a cocktail you soaked in fruits, herbs and garnishes that you grew yourself.

Homemade cocktails have been a huge success due to the epidemic. And it’s not as satisfying as offering guests drinks that look as good as they taste.

“Growing your own cocktail garden is easy – and great fun,” says Sarah Squire, president of Squire’s Garden Centers.

“Most fruits and herbs can be grown in flower beds or containers, and some can even grow in window boxes if there is no free space.”


Strawberry plant berries in small pot isolated on white.  Concept of huge harvest.

Use strawberries in daquiri or classic Pimms (Image: Alamy Stock Photo)

Strawberries are versatile in cultivable soil, in containers and even in hanging baskets – but they grow best in well-drained soil, protected from strong winds and in sunny places.

For a quick result, buy a young plant – and keep it next to the borage to attract beneficial insects and pollinators to improve the taste and growth of the berries.

It bears fruit from summer to early autumn – it is picked completely ripe and red and in the hottest part of the day for the best taste. At the young age of the plants, water the roots regularly, but do not soak the fruit and foliage, as this can lead to rot. When the fruits appear, remove them from the soil.

Traditionally, this was done by placing a straw sheet under the plant (hence the name!).


Thyme in a terracotta pot on a white background

Thyme is a great addition to a lemon cocktail (Image: Getty Images / Image Source)

Thyme is great for attracting wildlife with its aromatic foliage and beautiful flowers that open from May.

It can be grown indoors, on windowsills, but better outdoors, in pots or directly in the ground. It also works great as a flower bed border, as its aroma helps keep snails away.

She loves warm, sunny places with good drainage. The leaves can be harvested all year round, but the soft new growth in the summer tastes best, especially for cocktails.

Before flowering, prune the leaves to promote bushy growth. And don’t over-water.


Bunch of fresh dill herb on wooden background

Push the boat out with a dill cocktail (Image: Alamy Stock Photo)

The dill blooms with yellow flowers from July to September and can reach up to 1.2 meters, making it ideal for growing in the middle of a border or container – supported by a comma.

Requires moist, well-drained alkaline soil. It can be sown from seed or purchased as a young plant for faster results. Cut and use the feathery, tender foliage continuously from spring to summer.

Water regularly and do not allow the soil to dry out. You can freeze the dill or soak it in vinegar or oil to preserve its flavor.


Herb leaves of basil

The popular basil is added to almost every cocktail (Image: Alamy Stock Photo)

The aroma of freshly picked basil can conjure up cocktails – and this versatile herb can be grown indoors, in a window box, in a garden pot or directly in the soil.

Only after the danger of frost has passed, plant it outdoors in a sunny place, protected from the wind. It can also be sown from seed in early spring – but snails love it (plant it next to fragrant thyme to scare them away).

The aroma and taste of this herb is strongest before flowering in July, but its leaves can be picked until autumn.

Each time your roots protrude through the drainage holes in the tank, place them in a slightly larger pot and go all summer.


Rosemary in terracotta pot isolated on white background

Increase G&T with rosemary (Image: Alamy Stock Photo)

Rosemary, in addition to having a wonderful look, smell and taste in cocktails, perfectly borders a path in the garden. Can be planted directly in the soil or in a pot.

This sun-loving shrub loves the warm spot with its free-draining soil. Its needle-like leaves can be taken for cooking all year round, but the summer is soft, new-growing with the best taste.

And if you plant it with thyme and sage, you’ll have all the herbs to make Sunday’s stuffed filling! Watered in the summer heat and then sparingly from autumn.


Cucumber gives a fresh twist to lots of drinks (Image: Alamy Stock Photo)

There is nothing like the taste of home-grown cucumbers that can be grown in pots or directly in the soil. Start with seeds or young plants for faster results.

From March to May it can be grown indoors in a greenhouse, and from June it is grown in the open (so-called cucumbers) in a warm, sheltered place, ideally under wool or pods.

Raise the main stem of the cucumber grape on a lattice – otherwise the sunflower will climb as a natural lattice.

Plant next to dill to attract pollinators and reduce the number of garden pests. Water lightly and frequently to keep the soil evenly moist and feed high-nitrogen liquid feed every two weeks.

Harvest from July to October, when the fruit is evenly green and firm – regular harvesting promotes further yields.

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