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#TashaTests: 5 homemade, homegrown cocktail recipes

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Just imagine yourself relaxing in your favourite chair with a good book, lying next to the swimming pool on a hot day or having a girl’s night with movies and popcorn at home, so what’s missing? Yip, it’s your favourite cocktail.

Cocktails can really hurt your bank account, but what if I told you that the next time you enjoy your favourite drink it could be made by you, with ingredients you already had in the home, or even better homegrown ingredients.

I’ve put together five cocktail recipes that are so easy to make. You can try your favourite tonight and over time start a garden growing some of the key ingredients at home. The benefits of this doesn’t end at just monetary; relaxation working in the garden, decreased eco footprint, and the variety of uses for your produce.




  • Lime
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Sugar
  • Rum
  • Soda water
  • Strawberries (optional)

Method: Mash the lime, mint leaves and sugar together in a glass, add the rum and then some ice and top with the soda water. For extra taste add pieces of strawberries and some mint leaves for garnish.

Grow it yourself: Limes, Mint leaves, Strawberries

Lemon drop

Lemon drop


  • Vodka
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Lemonade

Method: Mix the vodka, sugar and lemon juice together, add some crushed ice and top with the lemonade. Garnish with a lemon wedge and some sugar on the side of the glass.

Grow it yourself: Lemons

Strawberry daiquiri

Strawberry daquiri


  • Rum
  • Orange Liqueur
  • Lime juice
  • Sugar
  • Ice
  • Strawberries (keep some for garnish)

Method: Mix all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth, if the mixture is too thin, put some more ice in and blend again if it’s too thick add some more liquid and blend again. Garnish with strawberries.

Grow it yourself: Limes, Strawberries

Rosemary Gin and tonic

Rosemary GandT


  • Gin
  • Tonic
  • Rosemary
  • Ice

Method: Mix the gin and tonic add some crushed ice; add rosemary for that extra special taste.

Grow it yourself: Rosemary

Bloody Mary

Bloody mary


  • Vodka
  • Tomato juice
  • Juice of a lemon
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Pepper and salt to taste

Method: Mix all the ingredients together in a blender, add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with a celery stick or with lemon wedges.

Grow it yourself: Tomatoes, Lemons

Now you can enjoy a cocktail whenever you feel like it. The best thing about making it at home, from homegrown key ingredients, is that you can come up with new and delicious taste combinations (and you get to name them). Share your favourite cocktail made from ingredients grown in your own garden, we’d love to #TashaTests it.

Words: Natassha Burrell

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