It's easy to liven up your martinis and margaritas with fresh herbs. Keep some close at hand by growing several varieties together in a pot.

By BH&G Garden Editors
Updated June 29, 2020
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When you grow a pot filled with herbs, you'll always have what you need to enhance your favorite garden-inspired cocktails. All you need is a sunny location, a large enough container, and some of the most flavorful herbs for mixology. This container includes lavender, basil, and rosemary, but if you have other favorite garnishes, you can add them in your herb garden, too. Use lavender's fragrant purple flowers as a garnish or stirring stick for a martini, or use them to impart an intriguing flavor to lemonade. Basil can make for an interesting martini or a refreshing spiked lemonade. Rosemary adds a unique flavor to any cocktail, and it also looks festive as a garnish.

cocktail garden with pot of planted herbs
Credit: Jacob Fox

After planting, you can enhance your container even more with cocktail-themed accents. Try using wine corks as mulch and labeling the plants with signs made from slices of tree branch, supported with a skewer, to resemble drink coasters.

What You Need

  • Large container
  • Potting mix
  • Basil plant
  • Lavender plant
  • Rosemary plant
  • Wine corks
  • Tree-slice labels
  • Permanent marker
placing herb plant into pot
Credit: Jacob Fox

Step 1: Pot Plants

Fill the bottom half of the container with potting soil; plant basil, lavender, and rosemary (or other herbs of your choice). Plant the herbs 1-2 inches below the lip of the container, allowing room for a dense layer of corks. Continue to fill the container with potting soil, surrounding the new plantings.

placing wine corks in pot with herbs
Credit: Jacob Fox

Step 2: Place Corks

Save your corks! Cover the exposed potting soil with a thick layer of wine corks. Not only does this hold in moisture, but it adds to the cocktail theme of the container.

writing on garden marker with sharpie
Credit: Jacob Fox

Step 3: Create Labels

If you're unable to find already-made tree slice labels, make your own from a fallen or pruned tree limb (or create DIY plant labels with a different style). With a sharp saw, carefully cut a tree branch into ¼- to ½–inch-thick sections. Using a nail or ice pick, make a hole on the edge. Wear garden gloves for protection. A drill with a small bit will also work. Insert a bamboo skewer as the stake. Write the plant names on the labels using a permanent marker.

More Plants to Include in Your Cocktail Garden

Don't limit your drink-add on options to lavender, basil, and rosemary. There are plenty of herbs and other garden-fresh options that can thrive in a container garden and add a new twist to your favorite cocktails.

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