If you love to make gourmet drinks, then you know that having the best drinks requires having the best ingredients. We’re firm believers in the “weakest link theory” that a drink can only be as good as its lowest quality ingredient. So, shouldn’t you be using the best beverage ingredients you can find? When you grow your own herbs and use Amoretti cocktail mixes and premium syrups, you’re two-thirds of the way there. The liquor is up to you!
Perhaps the easiest way to get started growing herbs is with a pallet garden. Also, we’re big fans of the pallet garden because it works for anyone. You don’t even have to have a yard. If you live in an apartment and a balcony or tiny porch is all you have, then you can still do this.
Also, you don’t have to have rich soil, a hose, fertilizer, tools, or any of the other things that might have held you back from planting a full garden. Here’s how to get started… today!
Step 1: Get a Pallet
You can probably get a pallet from your local home improvement or gardening store for free. Some companies may charge you $3 or $4 at most.
Step 2: Everything Else
In addition to your pallet, you’ll want to pick up soil (probably at least 4 cubic feet for most pallets), a trowel (if you don’t have one), and – of course – herbs! What herbs should you plant? We’re fans of lemon grass, lemon balm, and lemon verbena, as well as some less common ones like tarragon, angelica, and kaffir lime leaves. Also good to have on hand for making gourmet drinks: basil, rosemary, peppermint, and sage.
Step 3: Plant & Water
Planting a pallet garden is quite simple. Make sure that all four sides of the pallet garden are contained. (This may require prying off boards and tacking them on the two open sides.) Also, you’ll want to have some kind of material on the backside of the pallet to keep soil in and weeds out. Fill the pallet with soil, add your plants, water, and watch things grow!
Step 4: Make Gourmet Drinks with Homegrown Beverage Ingredients
Pick up a bottle of Amoretti Organolicious Premium Blue Agave Nectar (for use as a simple syrup) and use your basil to make yesterday’s cocktail recipe, Amoretti Lemon-Basil Gin.