Grow a cocktail garden right outside your door and be prepared for lots of fun and amazing scents all season long. Part of growing useful organic gardens is finding creative ways to use the bounty of the harvest. Herb and edible flower gardens are an easy way to grow foods that can enhance a beverage with a lot of flavor without adding a lot of artificial ingredients. Better for your health and for your taste buds, growing your own herbal garden living wall is fairly simple.

Fundamentally, creating an herbal cocktail is not just for alcoholic beverage preparation. It’s more like a refreshing herb-enhanced non-alcoholic culinary treat an Herbal Sip. On a hot summer’s day, there’s nothing better.

Basil Grapefruit Martini Cocktail

Basil Grapefruit Martini Cocktail Recipe

Fresh Basil Herbs

3 oz Vodka

1/2 oz Triple Sec

1 cup grapefruit juice


Garnish – sliced lime and a sprig of basil

Muddle basil in a martini shaker. Add all the other herbal cocktail ingredients except the garnish. Shake. Serve.

Lemon Thyme Herbal Martini

Lemon Thyme Herbal Martini Recipe

Muddled Lemon Thyme — Handful

Citron Vodka — 2 oz.

Superfine sugar — 1 teaspoon

1 oz triple sec

1 oz lemon juice


Throw all the ingredients in a shaker. Shake well. Strain ice and thyme out as you pour into a sugar-rimmed martini glass




Courtesy of Shawna Coronado’s book, Grow a Living Wall: Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, published by Cool Springs Press.