Gin and Tonic Garnishes

Top 5 herbs to grow in your kitchen

We all seem to love a gin and tonic these days and the choice available in the local pubs is growing.

In the last few years the list of craft gins available has grown vastly.

We’ve moved on from the days of Gordon’s or Bombay Sapphire being the only options available.

The same goes for the garnishes. Gone are the days of just a slice of lemon or lime.

Here are the top 5 gin garnishes you could grow right from your kitchen windowsill

Lavender

Nothing beats fresh lavender in your gin and tonic, you can easily keep a small plant in your kitchen to use whenever you need it...

Lavender - picture credit usesofherbs.com/lavender

Gardening Tips 

Place your lavender plant somewhere it will receive full sun (at least 8 hours per day) and water it sparingly. Allow the soil to dry out between watering, but don't let it get so dry that the plant wilts. Lavender likes heat, so perfect for in the kitchen.

Gin suggestions - Pink Pepper Gin, Slingsby Gin, Junipero Gin

Thyme

Thyme has a subtle, dry aroma and a slightly minty flavour, very refreshing.


Thyme - picture credit - www.vegetable-gardening-online.com/growing-thyme

Gardening Tips 

Water completely each time but allow the pot to dry before watering again. Just be sure to cut back overly woody stems on the thyme plant to force fresh new growth to garnish all those future gins...

Gin suggestions - Blackwoods Gin, Malfy Gin, Tarquin's Gin

Rosemary

Rosemary has a tea-like aroma and a piney flavour. A strong flavour but can be excellent when paired with the right gin.

Rosemary garnish - picture credit - ginfestival.com

Gardening Tips 

Probably the most tricky of the 5 herbs on this list. Rosemary needs sunlight. make sure that you place it in the brightest window in your house. If your rosemary plant is not getting at least six to eight hours of light a day, place a lamp with a fluorescent light bulb (we know) as close as possible to the plant to supplement the sunlight.

Gin suggestions - Manchester Three Rivers Gin, Napue Gin, Jensen's Old Tom Gin

Mint

Probably the easiest of the herbs to grow. It is also one of the most versatile flavours, brightening up most gin and tonics.

Mint basket - picture credit - www.almanac.com

Gardening Tips 

Select a wide surfaced container such as a window box and fill with well-drained potting soil. Place your mint plant indoors in a bright, sunny room and warm room. Keep your mint plant watered and moist

Gin suggestions - Daffy's Gin, Bloom Gin, Wint and Lila Gin

Coriander

An acquired taste, most people seem to love it or hate it. Probably more associated with a greek salad, but can be the perfect garnish.

Coriander garnish - picture credit - ginfoundry.com

Gardening Tips 

An easy one to look after. Water your coriander until the water comes out the drainage holes. Check the soil frequently, coriander should only be watered when the soil is dry. It’s easy to keep in the winter months as it only needs four to five hours of sun per day

Gin suggestions - Sipsmith VJOP Gin, GlenWyvis Gin

So there you have it, 5 gin and tonic garnishes to grow at home.

Now get yourself down the garden centre...

Impress your friends and invite them round!

The Greenwich Tea Company x