‘Tis the season to cosy up to the fireplace with a drink in your hand. Whether you’re staying in for the night or hosting a holiday soiree, these garden cocktails are the perfect addition to your night! Take your party to the next level with one of these signature drinks.
Pineapple and Rosemary Crush
Pineapple symbolises hospitality and guests will feel especially welcomed as they sip on this yummy drink while in your home. The sweet combination of pineapple and the distinct taste of rosemary come together in this easy-to-make garden cocktail.
2 chunks of pineapple
Sprig of rosemary
80 ml of sparkling wine
Mix wine, pineapple and ginger ale together.
Garnish with rosemary sprig.
Pomegranate Champagne Punch
Nothing says “let’s celebrate” like some champagne! Treat your guests—or yourself—to some bubbly with this festive punch. The pomegranate gives it just enough kick so this drink isn’t too sweet.
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 750 ml bottles chilled brut Champagne
1 1/2 cups white rum
1 1/4 cups pomegranate juice
1 large lemon, sliced
Fresh mint leaves
1 ice block
Bring water and sugar to boil in small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 minutes. Let cool completely.
Combine champagne, rum and pomegranate juice in a punch bowl. Add enough syrup to sweeten.
Mix in lemon slices, pomegranate seeds, and mint leaves. Add ice block to bowl.
Spiced Persimmon Old Fashioned Cocktail
This slightly sweet twist on an old classic will give you a reason to use up all those persimmons growing in the orchard. The bright colour and sweetness of the persimmon make this a pretty and tasty garden cocktail.
1/4 medium ripe Fuyu persimmon diced, ends trimmed and discarded
2 to 3 tsp. pure maple syrup
2 oz. rye or whisky
4 dashes orange bitters
1 (3 inch) cinnamon stick for garnish
Combine persimmon, orange, and maple syrup in an a lowball glass and muddle enough to bruise the orange and start to break up the persimmon.
Add the ice, rye or whisky, and orange bitters.
Grate a touch of the cinnamon over the top then stir with the cinnamon stick until chilled through.
Clementine Bay Leaf Cocktail
Clementines are plentiful this season and so delicious and juicy. Take those clementines you get in your Christmas stocking and whip up this yummy drink.
6 to 8 clementines or 4 tangerines
3 oz. dark rum
Juice of one lemon
6 bay leaves, 2 for muddling and 4 for garnish
Muddle two of the bay leaves in a mason jar using a wooden spoon or cocktail muddler. Slice and squeeze the lemon and all of the clementines.
Add the juice and rum into the jar with the muddled bay leaves.
Shake well and pour over ice. Garnish with the remaining bay leaves.
Cucumber Lime Punch
This refreshing cocktail will taste as fresh as a garden and have you rejuvenated for all those holiday parties.
1 cup rum
1 Cucumber, thinly sliced
2 limes, thinly sliced
1 cup water
12 oz. can limeade concentrate, thawed
1 liter club soda
Add rum, cucumber, lime, water, and lime concentrate to a small punch bowl or pitcher and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
Add cold club soda and ice just before serving.
Slap mint leaves between your hands before adding.
Bloody Marys are a great way to use fresh ingredients from your garden. This one incorporates tomato, lemon and Thai chiles for a spicy take on this cocktail favourite.
1 large heirloom tomato (8 oz. chopped)
1/2 cup potato vodka such as Blue Ice
1 tsp. grated fresh horseradish
Juice from 1 lemon
Long Thai chile
Whirl heirloom tomato in a blender until smooth. Strain into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice.
Add potato vodka, grated fresh horseradish, and lemon juice and shake to blend. Strain into 2 highball glasses.
To garnish each glass, thread 3 pitted green olives onto a long Thai chile and set over glass
Garden cocktails are more unique and adventurous than ever before. You can grow a range of herbs, vegetables and fruits with the idea of making a perfect concoction with your home grown ingredients. After all, the only thing better than a cocktail, is a fresh cocktail with ingredients from your own garden. Let us know what your favourite winter cocktail is. Leave a comment on Facebook or Instagram showcasing your yummy drink. Use the #geraniumrozanne so Rozanne can get ideas for her next garden party!