Category Archive for: ‘Gartending’

Creating A Cocktail Hour Garden

Gardtending: Sweet Herbs for the Cocktail Hour Garden

The garden is a place where you get your garden therapy in the form of exercise, fresh air, and vitamin D. Once all the hard work is done, it’s time to kick your feet up and enjoy it. The cocktail hour garden is a not just a place but an experience. It’s an evening garden created for relaxation and entertaining …

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Edible Violets For Making Homemade Soda Syrup

A Sweet Spring Cocktail, Made with Weeds?

Spring is made even sweeter with the emergence of delicate purple violets, dotting many a lawn and field in most parts of the country. Before you start spraying them, or ripping them out, cursing them as weeds, think about this – violets are not only pretty, but like many wildflowers they are also edible flowers! Harvest them, make a gorgeous …

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Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe Serve With Sparkling Water And Edible Flower Ice Cubes

Lavender Soda + Lavender Syrup + Lavender Lemonade

I don’t know why but culinary lavender is not for everyone. I suppose some people don’t care for the sweet floral perfume of lavender while others (like me!) can’t get enough of this heavenly treat. This lavender simple syrup recipe is sure to be the uniting thread that brings both camps to an agreement. It’s delicious! Even the naysayers agree. Use this …

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Beat The Heat With A Garden Fresh Cocktail Triple Berry Fizz

Triple Berry Rum Fizz

Cool down with a refreshing cocktail bursting with summery flavors. This cocktail is perfect for an evening hanging out on the porch or with a gathering of friends. Seasonal berries give the cocktail a bright, merry color and flavor; perfect ingredients for the perfect summer day! Triple Berry Treat I grow blackberries, blueberries and raspberries in the garden. Some I  freeze some to …

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Blackberry Flavoured Liquor


Limoncello is a yummy Italian treat of lemon rind oil infused into grain alcohol and sweetened with simple syrup. Blackberrycello seemed to be the perfect name for this home grown liquor made from blackberry infused vodka and simple syrup, don’t you think? Ingredients 3 cups beautifully ripe and clean blackberries 1 L vodka 3 cups sugar 3 1/2 cups water Directions …

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Garden In A Cocktail A Salad Bowl Gin And Tonic Custom

Salad Bowl Gin and Tonic

Remember our last savory gartending recipe, the Green Gargoyle? That left me drooling for more from Greg Henry, author of Savory Cocktails and this Salad Bowl Gin and Tonic. It’s just the thing to quench summer thirst. This drink feels like summer. Make it with the very best summer tomatoes or don’t make it at all. Backyard beauties are best, but farmers’ …

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