Garden Cocktail Trio w/ Beetle Cocktail Picks

On top of a vast collection of succulents and houseplants, I finally started a new little raised garden bed. I caught some pesky beetles trying to eat up my plants before they even had a chance to thrive!!

So I caught 'em and skewered them, and now they are fun little picks for my garden cocktails!

First up is the Carrotini!
Ingredients:
1 oz Carrot Juice (I used a Carrot Ginger Turmeric Juice)
1 oz Dry Vermouth
1 oz Gin
A handful of pickled vegetables

  1. Mix 'em all up!
  2. Skewer 'em all up!
  3. Enjoy!

Next, we have a light Strawberry Spritzer!
Ingredients:
Strawberries
1 oz botanical infused vodka (I used Ketel One Peach and Orange Blossom)
1 oz Orange Liqueur
1 can of flavored sparkling water (I used Peach-Pear La Croix)

  1. Muddle a strawberry in the bottom of your glass
  2. Add your alcohols
  3. Fill remainder of glass (or as much a you want) with the sparkles
  4. Toss a few ice cubes in
  5. Skewer a juicy strawberry for garnish (and eating later!)

Finally we’ve got my FAVORITE Elderflower Sour
Ingredients:
1 oz Floral flavored vodka (I used Cathead Honeysuckle)
1 oz St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 oz Herbal infused Honey Syrup (one part honey & one part water, heated up with sprigs of rosemary or other fragrant herb)
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1 Egg White (or 1 oz pre-separated pasteurized egg white)

  1. Put all liquids in a drink shaker
  2. Shake 'em up!
  3. Add some ice. Shake again!
  4. Strain into a glass - garnish with a sprig of rosemary or an edible flower. (I used golden berries for the purpose of skewering something else here :stuck_out_tongue:)

And another quick tute!!
What to do when you find pesky bugs trying to eat up your garden??? (Or small plastic toys with a perfectly sized hole in the bottom?) Turn them into cocktail picks in a lickity split!

I took four skewers from my fondue stash, cut them in half, and super glued them straight into the hole of these buggers:

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They also work great as drink markers too!

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I love St Germain so much, thanks for sharing these recipes!

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Yum! And serves those bugs right! So to speak.

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All of these sound delicious… I miss me some gin!

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Saaaame. I actually made up the Elderflower drink for a party that got cancelled, so I repurposed it :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: I’ve had so many. So much love.

Oh the strawberry spritzer sounds right up my alley! Yum

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What an awesome idea for a garden party!

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Those cocktails sound delightful, and the picks are perfect for any garden party.

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Good riddance to those pesky bugs…and yum!! Your garden cocktails look great. Thanks for sharing!

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yum yum!!!

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how satisfying to skewer the little buggers! this is awesome!

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What? These are amazing! But what else would I expect from Professor Beansprout? :wink:

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I was looking for some botanical cocktails since we are only hanging out in our own yard/garden. I think I’ll treat myself and get some fancier ingredients for the bar cart, like the St Germaine. Thanks!!