Drink your garden

Dragonfruit cocktail From green smoothies to raspberries in your champagne glass, you can add a bit of your garden to your beverages.

You may already grow edibles in your garden, but have you thought about growing “drinkable” plants? The latest trend in home gardens is to add herbs, fruits, vegetables, and greens to your beverages. Here are several fun, easy ways to experiment with drinking your garden:

~ Grow your own kale and throw a bunch in a blender along with a handful of fruit and a cup of juice for a yummy green smoothie.
~ Gather a handful of lavender and use it in your next batch of lemonade. See the recipe here: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/lavender_lemonade/.
~ Pick raspberry leaves, place in a mug and pour almost-boiling water over them, let steep for a minute, then remove the leaves and drink the delicious tea.
~ Serve champagne with some fresh fruit from your garden, like blueberries, dropped in.
~ Dry some chamomile blossoms and add them to your tea on a chilly evening.
~ Plant some wine grapes and hops vine and take a course in home brewing.

For several more ideas about how to drink your garden, check out to new books on the subject: The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart and Drink Your Own Garden by Judith Glover. Amy Stewart will also be speaking at several local public gardens this month. Brookside Gardens is the closest one to our area. Here is the event announcement:

Botanical Happy Hour and Lecture with Amy Stewart
Thursday, October 17, 6:30-9:00 pm
Course number 245899,
Fee: $40, FOBG: $30
Join Brookside Gardens and Amy Stewart, author of the New York Times bestseller The Drunken Botanist, for an exploration of the dizzying array of plants that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol. From the sugar cane that gives us Caribbean rum, to the juniper berries that flavor gin, Amy Stewart takes a most intoxicating perspective on the leaves, bark, seeds, roots, flowers, and fruit imbibed around the world. Before the lecture, enjoy a botanical happy hour and book signing with Amy!

About the Author

Kathy Jentz
Kathy Jentz is editor of Washington Gardener magazine and is a long-time DC area gardening enthusiast. Washington Gardener is all about gardening where you live. She can be reached at @WDCgardener on Twitter and welcomes your local DMV gardening questions.