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

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Shutterstock/aniana

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: Boozy Berry Patch Lemonade

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Take spiked lemonade to the next level with this fruity concoction.

Combine summer's favorite fruits — blackberries and strawberries — with whiskey and tart lemonade for a not-too-sweet sip that tastes like summer in a glass.

Get the Recipe: Boozy Berry Patch Lemonade

Grow This: Cucumbers

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

Source this refreshing cocktail in your own vegetable and herb garden.

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

Mint in countertop planter

Mint in countertop planter

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Eric Perry, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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

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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

One party chestnut honey and two parts water make sweet foundation for the 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)

Tough comes in a pretty package with English lavender. This Mediterranean herb packs perfume into blossoms and silvery leaves. English lavender can form a fragrant hedge. In smaller gardens, try a compact variety, like ‘Munstead’ or ‘Thumbelina Leigh.’

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

This variety of rosemary is beloved for its winter hardiness outdoors, but it also makes a fine indoor plant. The secret to success is to avoid overwatering (a clay pot helps) and growing it on the cool side through winter. Harvest leaves as needed to season meats and soups. Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Arp’

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

If you like your adult beverages on the sweet and savory side- try this Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail. It’s pretty in pink thanks to a bit of grapefruit juice which gives it a citrus-y kick.

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

Root of ginger on wooden table

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iStock/julichka

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

Dave Lieberman's 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

How to Cut Herbs So They Keep Growing

How to Cut Herbs So They Keep Growing

Trimming and pruning is important to the health of your herb garden.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

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

'Sungold' Tomato

'Sungold' Tomato

A premier variety of cherry tomatoes,'Sungold' ripens to a golden orange with a very sweet flavor. This tomato is popular in all climates, as it produces in warm and cold conditions. Fruit matures quickly and crops heavily throughout summer.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Burpee

Image courtesy of Burpee

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

With an infusion of carrot juice, this Bloody Mary-esque drink feels downright healthy.

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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

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