Shakers At The Ready, Here’s Our Top 5 Cocktails To Make With Produce Grown At Home
While our favourite bars and restaurants might be closed for the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean you need to struggle through cocktail-less evenings any longer. We’ve curated the ultimate list of garden-fresh cocktails you can master at home, using produce plucked straight from your airgarden. We’re talking herbs, fruits, and even vegetables shaken into deliciously—dare we say it—almost healthy cocktails.
Grab your shakers, here are three garden-fresh cocktails to make at home.
SOUTHSIDE BY INK GIN
One of my personal favourite distillers Husk & their truly beautiful botanical gin Ink gin fair to say this is my go to at the end of most days!
The Southside named after the southside of Chicago & apparently one of Al Capone's favourite cocktails, the Southside is delicious, fresh & simple to mix.
- 60ml of Ink Gin
- 30mil lime juice
- 20ml simple syrup
- Mint leaves
- Shake gin, juice & syrup, plus three mint leaves, in a shaker with ice.
- Double strain into a coupe glass & float mint leaves on top to garnish.
HONEYDEW BASIL SPRITZ
Featuring honeydew melon, fresh basil leaves from your airgarden and Prosecco, this sparkling green beauty tastes as good as it sounds. Will make 4 -5 drinks.
- 1/4 honeydew melon, diced
- 1 package of basil
- 120ml of simple syrup
- 1 bottle sauvignon blanc
- 1 can soda water
- Muddle a handful of melon, 3-4 basil leaves and 30ml simple syrup in shaker.
- Fill wine glass 3/4 full with ice for large glasses and half full for small wine glasses.
- Pour muddled fruit and basil over ice.
- Add 120ml of wine.
- Top with a heavy splash of soda water.
CELERY GIN AND TONIC
This is a refreshing twist on your traditional gin and tonic. The best part? It looks as good as it tastes.
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 30ml fresh lemon juice
- 60ml of your favourite gin
- Lemon twist (for serving)
- Muddle celery with sugar and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.
- Add gin, fill the shaker with ice, and shake until the outside of shaker is frosty.
- Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon twist.
CHERRY TOMATO MARGARITA
While bloody mary’s might get all the attention when it comes to tomato cocktails, we’re showcasing how versatile this fruit can be with this cherry tomato margarita recipe.
- Coarse or flaked sea salt
- 3-4 sweet yellow cherry tomatoes
- Pinch coarse or flaked sea salt
- 3 tablespoons silver tequila
- 1 tablespoon orange liqueur
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup
- Cherry tomatoes for garnish
- Rim a glass with coarse salt and set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker combine cherry tomatoes and a pinch of salt; muddle the tomatoes until broken up and juiced.
- Add tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice; and shake well until chilled.
- Double strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a few cherry tomatoes on a bamboo skewer, if desired.
Replacing mint with coriander, this refreshing Cuban cocktail is a sweet and sour island treat.
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves.
- 1 lime (cut into eighths)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 15ml of simple syrup.
- ½ cup of ice
- 60ml of white rum
- Add cilantro to a cocktail shaker along with 1 lime (cut into eighths), 1 tsp sugar and 15ml of simple syrup.
- Shake vigorously, and then add ½ cup of ice and 60ml white rum (such as Bacardi).
- Strain into a highball glass half full of crushed ice, and garnish with a lime wheel and a pretty sprig of cilantro.