Illustrative plan of Amy Stewart's cocktail garden. Garden design and illustration by Susan Morrison of Creative Exteriors Landscape Design.
Illustrative overview plan of Amy Stewart's cocktail garden. Garden design and illustration by Susan Morrison of Creative Exteriors Landscape Design.
On left: parts of an old copper still
On the right: existing fuschia and rhododendron. Little area for seating on right just inside gate. (better seating to come!)
Thai purple basil
Much of the garden is only 7 feet wide.
Very excited about these miniature gherkin cucumbers for garnishes!
More of the inspiration for the color scheme of this garden--from these bottles of violet liqueur.
The colors for the garden were inspired by these bottles. Burgundy, blue, purple, with some lighter gold/yellow and blue tones...
On kitchen porch--more and better seating to come!
The fuschia produces edible fruit--another inspiration for the colors in the garden....
In the sun!
Golden hops vine getting started above the back gate. (Front gate has jasmine.)
Lemongrass, miniature gherkin cucumbers, and, in back, a sloe berry I am daring to grow in a pot. Old wooden windows hang on the fence--I'm planning a bit of art for them!
Triangular Triolife planter next to the bar--a nice compact planter for herbs.
Pineapple sage in a fancy little blue planter--I used lots of Victorian trim to dress up ordinary planter boxes.
Vertical strawberry planters with nasturiums planted in top. This is a fancier version of a "pallet garden"--I've just added trim to dress it up, and some bits of Victorian gingerbread on top from an antiques salvage place.
Planter box with edible flowers for infusions and garnishes--scented geranium, lavender, rugosa rose (rose hip liqueur)! and below, some golden oregano
Another planter box with herbs for garnish, infusions--sage, rosemary, curry, tarragon, oregano, fennel
Black currant (cassis!) and elderberry are in this narrow strip--I plan to tie them to keep them upright.
Next to the hops, along back gate, another patio-sized blueberry starting, and a scented geranium.
In the corner behind the bar: Black Lace elderberry, rhubarb. On the fence, jasmine.
More old pressed tin from ceiling tiles. Shelves work for storage, plants, or serve-yourself party supplies.
Entering through the front gate. Jasmine-covered arbor.
Coming in from back gate (hops vine growing over arbor)
A vertical strawberry planters made from an old wooden medicine cabinet.
Calendula for garnish, syrups, infusions.
Glorious rhubarb! Simple syrup, bitters, liqueurs....
Storage underneath the bar.
Black pansies for garnish.
Another look toward the back gate. On right: peppers, celery, basil, strawberries, calendual, cucumber, lemongrass....
The colors of this blueberry are really what this garden is all about.
Another view looking back.
Indigo Rose tomato.
'Black Lace' elderberry
more pressed tin from old ceilings
Strawberry vertical planter with nasturtiams growing from the top.
Planter boxes of cocktail-friendly plants, including shiso, rosemary, thyme, and lavender
These shelves hold tools, fertilizers, and flower pots, but can be quickly cleared off for drinks and serving trays at parties
Triolife planter filled with cilantro, basil, mint, and edible flowers. Placed on a table for easy access at parties.
Thyme-Cucumber-Gin cocktail, p. 348 of The Drunken Botanist
An assortment of garden-fresh fruit and herbs that can be used as cocktail ingredients. See Garden Cocktails, p. 348 of The Drunken Botanist.
The Frézier Affair cocktail, found on p. 351 of The Drunken Botanist
Blushing Mary cocktail, found on p. 354 of The Drunken Botanist.
The Farmers Market Cocktail: Vodka, cucumbers, celery, cilantro, peppers, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, tonic water. See "Blushing Mary" cocktail, p. 354 of The Drunken Botanist.
The Frank Meyer Expedition, p. 297 of The Drunken Botanist
The Aviation cocktail, p. 226 of The Drunken Botanist
Royal Tannenbaum cocktail, p. 251 of The Drunken Botanist
Amy's chicken Bess is after the peach, not the bourbon, in this peach julep.
The Herbarium Cocktail: Gin, St-Germain, cucumber, basil, lemon juice, club soda
Lemongrass Mojito: White rum, lemongrass simple syrup, lime juice, 'Mojito' mint, club soda.
Chamomile Honey Hot Toddy: Whiskey, chamomile honey simple syrup, hot water, lemon with cloves.
Classic Mint Julep: Bourbon, superfine sugar, 'Kentucky Colonel' mint, crushed ice. See p. 326 of The Drunken Botanist.
The Champagne Mojito Cocktail: Rum, simple syrup, lime juice, 'Mojito' mint, fresh berries, sparkling wine. See p. 104 of The Drunken Botanist.
The Berry Patch: Rum, lime juice, simple syrup, berries, 'Mojito' mint.
Agave y Sandia: Tequila, Combier, watermelon, lime juice, rosemary, fresh peppers.
Tequila Honey cocktail: Reposado tequila, sage-honey syrup, lemon juice, sage leaf.
The Lavendula intoxicatea cocktail: Gin, DRY lavender soda, Scrappy's Lavender Bitters, lemon juice, lavender sprig.
The Agave Pina Cocktail: Tequila, pineapple juice, agave nectar, fresh jalapeno, sage, lime juice, club soda
Grapefruit-Thyme cooler cocktail: Gin, grapefruit juice, lime juice, thyme simple syrup, lemon thyme, club soda
The Mamani Gin & Tonic Cocktail: Gin, tonic, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, cucumber, celery, tomato. See p. 238 of The Drunken Botanist.
Sloe Gin Fizz: Sloe gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh egg white, club soda. See Drunken Botanist p. 283
Rhubarb and Rye cocktail: Rye whiskey, rhubarb simple syrup, lemon juice, sweet vermouth, garnished with candied rhubarb stalk.
La Vie en Elderflower cocktail: Dry rose wine, St-Germain elderlfower liqueur, club soda, rasberries.
Blueberry Smash cocktail: vodka, blueberries, spearmint, lime juice, simple syrup, sparkling wine or club soda
Kir: Cassis, dry white wine. See Drunken Botanist, p. 267
Thai basil. Photo credit Log House Plants
Redventure celery. Photo credit Log House Plants
Scented Geranium Attar of Rose. Photo credit Log House Plants
Rosemary 'Arp' Photo credit Log House Plants
Lemongrass Photo credit Log House Plants
Cherry Pick pepper Photo credit Log House Plants
Borage Photo credit Log House Plants
Lemon cucumber Photo credit Log House Plants
Golden variegated thyme Photo credit Log House Plants
German chamomile Photo credit Log House Plants
Grosso lavender Photo credit Log House Plants
French Tarragon. Photo credit Log House Plants
Margarita Mint. Photo credit Log House Plants
Angelica. Photo credit Log House Plants
German chamomile. Photo credit Log House Plants
Mexican Sour Gherkin cucumber. Photo credit Log House Plants
Kentucky Colonel Mint. Photo credit Log House Plants
Pomegranates for homemade grenadine (p. 338 of The Drunken Botanist)
'Mojito' mint, the perfect spearmint for mojitos. An authentic Cuban variety.
Lemon Verbena. Photo credit Log House Plants
Golden Alexandria alpine strawberry. Photo credit Log House Plants
Compact Basil Genovese. Photo credit Log House Plants
Agastache Golden Jubilee. Photo credit Log House Plants
Lemongrass. Photo credit Log House Plants
Angelica Photo credit Log House Plants
Red Currant tomato. Photo credit Log House Plants
Peguis jalapeno Photo credit Log House Plants
Lavender. Photo credit Log House Plants
English Thyme. Photo credit Log House Plants
Cilantro Slow Bolting. Photo credit Log House Plants
Orange Bergamot Mint. Photo credit Log House Plants
Mojito Mint. Photo credit Log House Plants
Growers Friend Sage. Photo credit Log House Plants
Peach Old-Fashioned: Grilled peach, bourbon, tarragon or thyme simple syrup, Angostura bitters
Farmers Market Vodka Garden plant label from the Drunken Botanist Plant Collection developed by Log House Plants
Drunken Botanist Plant Collection label from the Drunken Botanist Plant Collection developed by Log House Plants
Old Havana Rum Garden plant label from the Drunken Botanist Plant Collection developed by Log House Plants