The Bartender's Garden


Fresh herbs are a great addition when making unique refreshing drinks. The alcohol in the drink boosts
the already delightful herbal flavor. Below is a list of common herbs used to enhance your favorite
cocktail, aperitif or liqueur. For more detailed information about each plant, please refer to the individual
cultivar signs or consult one of our Swanson’s nursery professionals.

Herbs for Cocktails

TARRAGON Artemisia dracunulus A nice complement to peach flavors.

CILANTRO Coriandrum sativum Try in a fruity mango Daiquiri or add lemon or lime to flavored drinks.

SPEARMINT Mentha spicata Great in a Mojito!

BASIL Ocium basilicum An additional layer with mint infused drinks. A subtle complement in drink with fruit juice.

SHISO Perilla frutescens var. crispa A great substitute for recipes with mint.

ROSEMARY Rosmarinus officinalis Works well with gin, vodka, tequila and white rum drinks. Try it in a Cosmopolitan!

SAGE Salvia officinalis To die for in a well made Margarita!

THYME Thymus vulgaris Its savory flavor is perfect in a Martini. Try Lemon Thyme instead of a lemon twist.

Edible Flowers for Cocktails

CALENDULA Calendula officinalis

LAVENDER Lavendula spp.

CHAMOMILE Matricaria chamomilla

SCENTED GERANIUMS Pelargonium gaveolens

SAGE Salvia officinalis

LILAC Syringa spp.

NASTURTIUM Tropaeolum spp.

PANSY Viola spp.