It doesn’t matter where you live, or where you rent. You can grow your own cocktail at home. All you will need is a little space to grow these herbs. A windowsill, short stretch of a balcony or a few steps like mine will provide room enough for half a dozen. Like I said, it doesn’t take much space.
If you are really short on space, you can squeeze a few herbs into a single large pot. Just remember that you if you are to do this, the bigger pot you use, the better. You can choose from a wide variety of herbs & spices that you would want to grow. Keep in mind that most perennial herbs prefer good drainage, so it is ideal to pot compost blended with grit.
Do not forget to water your herbs often. And give them a liquid feed once a month. It is also good to remember to place it in the sunniest spot you have. With proper care, your herbs will last for years.
You can even squeeze a few herbs into a single large pot, the bigger, the better (though grow mint on its own as it likes to expand rapidly). Most of the perennial herbs I use for cocktails prefer good drainage – potting compost blended with grit is ideal. Water often, give them a liquid feed once a month and place in the sunniest spot you have. With care, they’ll last for years.
Now comes the best part. Actually making your cocktail. It can be pretty simple to capture a herb’s quality for your cocktail. It can be as easy as adding a few leaves, or creating an infusion to add to the mix. Or you can crush your herbs. Just don’t forget to add syrup! This will add flavour, aroma and sweetness to your cocktail.
You can easily make your own syrup by dissolving 200g of sugar in 200ml water in a pan over moderate heat. Stir occasionally. Once the syrup simmers, remove it from the heat and add a small handful of herb leaves. Allow it to infuse as the syrup cools.
When the mixture becomes tepid, lift the leaves out with a slotted spoon. You should end up with a bright and aromatic syrup. You can easily increase or decrease the number of leaves and/or the length of infusion if you prefer weaker or stronger flavour. The best part about this is that you are your own boss, and you can make it however you like.
It is pretty easy to make your own cocktail. Especially if you are growing your own herbs at home. In the next article, we will discuss the most basic herbs you can grow at home. Stay tuned!