The Ultimate Cocktail Garden: Grow These Plants Now for Fresh Sips All Season Long

Raise the bar in your spring container garden and add fresh flavor to your favorite concoctions with these delicious, easy-to-grow ingredients.

Turn ordinary drinks into gourmet beverages with fresh and delicious cocktail-friendly fruits and herbs sourced right from your own backyard. Whether your outdoor space is large or small, favorites such as strawberries, lavender, mint and more can be grown easily in containers with just a little bit of time and effort. Get our expert growing tips and tricks below + garden-fresh recipes to try once your cocktail garden is ready for harvest. Cheers!

Grow This: Alpine Strawberries

Strawberries in Window Box Planters

Strawberries in Window Box Planters

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Smaller and sweeter than the grocery store variety, water-loving alpine strawberries thrive in small containers. Plant these delicious fruits in early spring and you'll have a rich harvest to use in pies, jams, cocktails and more come summertime. 

Sip This: Magic Hour Cocktail

The Magic Hat Cocktail

The Magic Hat Cocktail

Photo by: Marianne Canada

Marianne Canada

This fruity cocktail mixes gin and Aperol with notes of strawberries, cucumber, mint and orange for a refreshing summer sip. 

Get the Recipe: Magic Hour Cocktail

Grow This: Cucumbers

Cucumber Easily Grown in Patio Pot

Cucumber Easily Grown in Patio Pot

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Nothing is quite as delicious as a homegrown cucumber. And lucky for us, these crisp, juicy fruits grow easily in containers. Sow seed in early spring for indoor crops and mid-spring for outdoor crops.

Sip This: Cucumber-Mint Rickey

A Cucumber-Mint Rickey

A Cucumber-Mint Rickey

Photo by: Image courtesy of Cointreau

Image courtesy of Cointreau

Once your cucumbers are ripe and ready for picking, slice one up to make this crisp, garden-fresh version of a classic Gin Rickey.

Get the Recipe: Cucumber-Mint Rickey

Grow This: Mint

Apple Mint Furry Texture with Sweet Flavor

Apple Mint Furry Texture with Sweet Flavor

Photo by: DK - Gardening Step by Step © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Gardening Step by Step , 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cool and flavorful, mint is a delicious addition to almost any cocktail. Plant this easy-growing herb in sun or shade in late spring after the last frost. Because mint is a "takeover" plant — meaning it will grow wildly and spread wherever it's planted — it's best to plant it in its own pot and cut it back regularly to prevent legginess.

Sip This: Blueberry Julep Ice Pops

CI_Andrea-Correale-blueberry-mint-julep-ice-pop-recipe_h

CI_Andrea-Correale-blueberry-mint-julep-ice-pop-recipe_h

Okay, so you won't technically be "sipping" this frozen take on a classic mint julep, but you'll definitely enjoy this portable cocktail on those hot summer days by the pool! 

Grow This: Sage

Growing Sage

Growing Sage

In addition to its many culinary uses, this aromatic herb has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is often used as a digestion aid. Drought-tolerant and hardy, sage thrives in moderately warm, sunny spots and is very forgiving if you accidentally skip a watering or two. 

Sip This: Highland Sage

Highland Sage

Highland Sage

Photo by: Image by Brent Herrig

Image by Brent Herrig

Bring out your inner mixologist with this gourmet whiskey cocktail that incorporates garden-fresh ingredients like honey, sage and lemon juice for an unforgettable flavor experience.

Get the Recipe: Highland Sage Cocktail

Grow This: English Lavender

English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Photo by: Image courtesy of Sunset

Image courtesy of Sunset

A perfect container companion to sage, lavender is the ultimate "set it and forget it" plant. This evergreen Mediterranean herb is super drought-tolerant and thrives on very little water and care. In fact, if planted in rich, moist soil, it will likely rot. For culinary use, choose English lavender (pictured), also known as Lavandula angustifolia.

Sip This: Lavender Collins

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

This pretty twist on the classic Collins cocktail puts fresh-picked lavender to good use.

Get the Recipe: Lavender Collins Cocktail

Grow This: Rosemary

‘Arp’ Rosemary

‘Arp’ Rosemary

Photo by: Burpee

Burpee

Plant this warm-weather herb in late spring in a medium-sized container that allows for plenty of drainage. Place in full or part sun and water when the top two inches of soil feels dry. Rosemary also does great indoors near a sunny window.

Sip This: Rosemary Greyhound

Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail with Simple Syrup

Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail with Simple Syrup

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Infused with rosemary simple syrup, this sweet and savory cocktail is perfect for warm-weather gatherings.

Get the Recipe: Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail

Grow This: Ginger

Planting Ginger Root

Planting Ginger Root

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Ginger is the ultimate container plant. It's super low-maintenance, only needs partial sunlight and is even a great houseplant! If growing outdoors, plant in mid-late spring and bring indoors in autumn, as ginger isn't very tolerant of cold. When ready to harvest, you can use only what part of the root you need, then return the rest to the soil to continue growing. 

Get Growing: How to Grow Ginger

Sip This: Ginger Cranberry Cocktail

Ginger Cranberry Cocktail

Ginger Cranberry Cocktail

Crushed frozen cranberries and homemade ginger simple syrup are a delicious combo in this fizzy, crowd-pleasing cocktail.

Get the Recipe: Ginger Cranberry Cocktail

Grow This: Cilantro

Tangy Cilantro Plants

Tangy Cilantro Plants

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cilantro has long been used to add a fresh, tangy kick to salsa, guac and other savory recipes, but did you know it's a yummy addition to cocktails, too? For continuous use, plant cilantro in a sunny spot in spring or fall and bring it indoors when temps start to rise in the summer.

Get Growing: How to Grow Cilantro  

Sip This: Cilantro Mojitos

Expand your cilantro horizons with three refreshing mojitos: a pineapple cilantro mojito, jalapeño cilantro mojito and a classic cilantro mojito made from rich cilantro simple syrup.

Grow This: Tomatoes

Tomato 'Sungold'

Tomato 'Sungold'

Contrary to popular belief, tomatoes are surprisingly easy to grow. Plant in late spring after any threat of frost has passed, water regularly and feed weekly with a tomato fertilizer after the first fruits appear. To help ward off pests, try planting upside down in a hanging basket along with pest-repelling plants like basil or marigold.

Sip This: Wed Wabbit Cocktail

Wed Wabbit Cocktail

Wed Wabbit Cocktail

Photo by: STEPHEN MURELLO

STEPHEN MURELLO

Whip up a batch of homemade tomato juice for this tomato + carrot cocktail any bunny would love.

Get the Recipe: Wed Wabbit Cocktail

Easy Champagne Cocktails for Spring Soirees

See All Photos

Lazy Sunday Mimosa

Photo By: via FoodNetwork.com

Savannah Fizz Cocktail

Photo By: She-N-He Photography

Pomegranate Mimosa

Fresh Peach Bellini

Photo By: via FoodNetwork.com

Sparkling Spring Sangria

Tags: 
  1. sangria

Photo By: ALX Creatives

Rose + Mint Champagne Cocktail

Orange Cream Mimosa

Photo By: via FoodNetwork.com

Pineapple Gin Punch

Photo By: via FoodNetwork.com

Sparkling Grapefruit Cocktail

Mojito Champagne Cocktail

Photo By: via FoodNetwork.com

Peach + Champagne Cocktail

Photo By: via FoodNetwork.com

Tea-Infused Champagne Cocktail

Photo By: 092026005024

Watermelon Champagne Cocktail

Photo By: via FoodNetwork.com

Rose-Lemon Champagne Punch

Raspberry Mimosa

Photo By: via FoodNetwork.com

Rosemary Champagne Fizz

Photo By: via FoodNetwork.com

Next Up

8 Delicious Summer Salads + Cocktails Straight From Your Garden

From garden to table to cocktail, we’ve got you covered.

13 Perfect Planters for Your Outdoor Space (All Less Than $50!)

Dress your plants with these pretty planters that cost less than $50.

10 Cocktails to Sip While Watching the Summer Games

Sit back, turn on the Summer Games and sip on one of these internationally-inspired cocktails.

HGTV Happy Hour: Sip on a Frozen Spicy Mango Margarita

Not too sweet — but not too spicy — a blend of jalapeño, mango and coconut milk is a winning combination.

5 Sparkling Drinks to Whip Up for World Cocktail Day

Because what's more worldly than a glass full of bubbly?

10 Clever Container Gardens We Love From Joanna Gaines

Let Joanna help you channel your inner gardener.

7 Tropical Cocktails for Your Island Hunters Marathon

Pair these tropical cocktails with an HGTV 'Island Hunters' marathon for a Black Friday you can actually enjoy.

7 Lower-Proof Cocktails Perfect for Day Drinking

Because 40-proof liquor and strong sun aren't always the best match.

8 Cocktails Every Moscow Mule Lover Needs to Try

These variations on the classic cocktail are perfect for summertime sipping.

Dad-Approved Beer Cocktails to Sip This Father's Day

From mowing the lawn to reapairing leaky faucets, dads really do it all. Say "thanks" with a cocktail crafted just for him. 

Meet the Team

Get to know the talented writers and editors of HGTV's show and design blog. 

Go Behind the Blog

From the Archives

Take a look back at our past posts, from entertaining and design trends to up-and-coming HGTV shows.  

Read All Our Past Posts