How to Grow Your Own Farm-to-Table Cocktails Garden

 
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Any bartender or cocktail connoisseur understands that it's essential to use the freshest possible herbs in handcrafted, botanical drinks. Grow your own ingredients for the freshest cocktails (or mocktails)!

Save your precious dollars from pricey restaurant bars and impress your guests by growing and making your own botanical elixirs. You control the flavors (as well as your pour) and ensure that everything is not only fresh, but also organic & nonGMO. Eat-clean, drink-clean! 

Varieties in the Grow Your Own Cocktail Kit:


Pea Snap Greens

Pea Snap Greens

Pea Snap Greens

  • This is a type of snap pea, but bred especially for the edible "shoots" (stems and leaves)
  • Stronger flavor than other pea shoots, great for infusing gin
  • Fast growing--harvestable in 10 days!
  • Plant will grow back for continuous harvests
  • Fantastic source of vitamin C, fiber & antioxidants

Harvesting pea snap greens


Thai Basil seedlings sprouting

Thai Basil seedlings sprouting

Thai Basil

  • Relative to sweet basil, but has more of a licorice/clove flavor
  • Harvest down to about 6" height so the plant has plenty of energy to grow back
  • Flowers + leaves are edible
  • Aroma is a stress reliever

How to harvest basil


Tulsi seedlings after being "thinned" to 2 sprouts

Tulsi seedlings after being "thinned" to 2 sprouts

Tulsi

  • Relative to basil, but with hairy leaves and a bit sweeter in flavor
  • Leaves + flowers are edible
  • Used to relieve stress, respiratory disorders, fever, and helps the heart

How to harvest all varieties of basil


Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

  • In the mint family, but with a lemony aroma
  • Pinch back growth for continuous production
  • Helps reduce anxiety, promotes appetite, and supports thyroid health
 

Borage seedlings, quick to sprout

Borage seedlings, quick to sprout

Borage

  • Hairy stems, leaves and flowers (all edible)
  • Produces blue star-shaped flowers with a taste resembling cucumber
  • Harvest leaves or wait for flowers to develop
  • Health benefits include fever relief and metabolism-boosting properties

How to thin borage seedlings


Purple Basil sprouting

Purple Basil sprouting

Purple Basil

  • Similar flavor as green basil but with purple coloring
  • Pinch off tops of plant after about 4 weeks to promote new growth
  • Steep leaves in vodka to infuse basil flavor and a pink color
  • Due to purple pigment, this variety has high amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium

How to harvest all types of basil


Cutting Celery greens sprouting

Cutting Celery greens sprouting

Cutting Celery

  • An herb-version of celery, produced for thin stems and celery leaves
  • Good for growing in small spaces and containers
  • Ready to harvest in about 4 weeks, and will grow after each cutting
  • Harvest fresh stems for Bloody Mary drinks and other uses for celery-flavor
  • Fantastic for bone, ligament & joint health

Harvest cutting celery just like parsley


Bronze-Fennel forming "true leaves"

Bronze-Fennel forming "true leaves"

Bronze Fennel Greens

  • Bronze-colored variety of fennel greens
  • Harvest the same way you'd harvest dill leaves
  • Great pairing with bourbon & citrus
  • Heart-healthy and aids in lowering cholesterol

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Did you know? 

Think about the last time you ordered a Bloody Mary at the bar or made a batch for homemade brunch. Did you know that celery is one of the most aggressively sprayed crops in commercial production? Avoid a pesticide-laden stalk in your drink and grow your own to know exactly how it was grown. 

 
The Cocktail Seedsheet at 3 weeks old

The Cocktail Seedsheet at 3 weeks old

 

Cocktails Seedsheet Essential Growing Tips:

  • The Cocktails Seedsheet can be grown outside in full-sun during your climate zone's frost-free parts of the year. All 8 varieties will be ready to start harvesting from after about 4-6 weeks, so count backwards at least a month before the first frost if planting outdoors. 
  • All of these plants will grow back so you can come and cut again each week, depending on how much you harvest.
  • Use organic fertilizer for optimal production and growth.
  • Keep the growing-going! Move your container garden to a sunroom or south-facing window when the temperatures start to dip too low.
  • Get a jump start in the spring: plant your Cocktails Kit indoors in a sunny window right around your last frost and move it outside once the temperatures are consistently above freezing.
  • Not ready to plant right now? Seedsheets have a 1-year shelf life! Plan to plant yours, of give the gift of a garden to share this DIY fresh herbs hack with a friend. 

Recipes for your Cocktail Seedsheet Harvests:

 
 

Growing inside? 

Check out our blog post with the essential tips you need to grow your botanical cocktails ingredients year-round in the comfort of your own home!