Location: Lakeview - Chicago, Illinois
Last year the hubby and I bought a window planter and filled it with beautiful flowers… only to later realize no one could see all our efforts from the street. And while we at least enjoyed the flowers, this year we opted for something a little different. Something that, since no one else could see it, we would enjoy even more than flowers — an herb garden for our bar.
We still do have an herb garden (for cooking) and flowers on our back deck (which we love, love, love), but our new booze garden is just mere steps away from our bar, which we think is just about perfect. Based on drinks we like and drinks we think we will like, we opted for basil (2), mint (2), rosemary, and lavender.
I'm already dreaming up what we will make. Mojitos bursting with mint (and St-Germain, my current obsession), mint juleps, strawberry (vodka) basil lemonades, sueños with basil and rosemary, lavender-lemon drop martinis....mmmm, so many possibilities!
To read more about the cocktail garden, visit Rachel's blog, Chewables Chicago.
Thanks, Rachel! When can we come over for a drink?
And since Rachel's looking for recipes, here are a few from the Kitchn:
• Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic
• Easy Pitcher Cocktail Recipe: Strawberry Basil Margaritas
• Icy-Cool Green Tea Mojitos
(Images: reader Rachel/Chewables Chicago)