I’ve decided to plant a cocktail garden.
Nancy thinks I’m crazy. Which I may be, but not because of the cocktail garden.
Delusions of grandeur.
Nancy: You hate bugs, dirt, temperatures above 75 degrees, and you managed to kill 2 air plants, a succulent, and a cactus just this year alone.
Me: The cactus was not my fault. The cat was involved.
Nancy: Why not just order fresh herbs to use in making cocktails?
Me: Because I want to be Kate Richards when I grow up and spend my day drinking with chickens.
Nancy: She lives in Southern California where she can have a garden all year long. We live in Oklahoma where you refuse to go outside for 5 months out of the year. And we're not getting chickens.
Me: Yes, but I love cocktails and drinking and fresh ingredients, and besides I have Michele.
My cousin Michele is a gardening genius, and I’m pretty sure she has chloroform flowing through her veins. Or is it chlorophyll? I’m starting to wonder if maybe the cactus actually was my fault.
While I was ready to dive right in, she informed me that - due to the whole ‘living in Oklahoma and not Southern California’ thing - we would need to spend the rest of this year planning the garden to plant in the spring. Which apparently involves prepping the soil as well, and now I’m absolutely certain the cactus was indeed my fault.
Since I have several months of planning ahead (in which I plan to see if I can get Michele to do the majority of the work while I supply her with endless cocktails), I decided to start with some well-branded indoor cocktail garden kits that caught my eye as I was sliding down the rabbit hole of cocktail garden research.
After digging myself out from the 72 open tabs on my laptop I gathered up the notes I had made containing 4 more ideas using the fruits of my new cocktail garden. And since that isn’t going to be displaying fruit of any kind until next year, I’m off to order some of the indoor kits to get started.
I’ll keep you posted.
One of my favorite cocktails is the Sidecar. So when I came across a recipe that said “If you like the Sidecar you’re going to love Between the Sheets,” I figured since I actually loved the Sidecar that this would be an easy win.
Most traditional recipes for Between the Sheets call for a light rum and brandy, but I found a twist that called for Benedictine instead of rum and since I had never tried Benedictine I thought this would be more interesting.
Teamwork makes the dream work.
I’d love it if you’d make a cocktail for yourself, too, and join me in the Unconventional Creative Facebook Group for happy hour.
And while you’re at it, make a second drink for a friend and invite them along. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
BETWEEN THE SHEETS
1.5 oz. V.S. Cognac
.5 oz. Benedictine
.5 oz. Cointreau
.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a burnt orange peel.
Repeat as necessary (hint: it's always necessary).