To celebrate 2022’s Earth day on 22nd April, The Botanist has released a special gift pack. Forgoing the usual decorative cardboard or plastic packaging, this set features a 700mL bottle of The Botanist’s gin housed in a very cute planter box. The planter box is designed to provide a base for seedlings you can grow inside and use to garnish your next G&T or cocktail!
All you need to do is fill the planter box with soil and then plant the herbs you’d like to grow into your dream garnishes. Inside our little box, we’ve got lemon balm, mint and thyme. As these are small plants, we’d recommend spritzing them with some water from a spray bottle rather than soaking the soil with water as this can cause the roots to rot. If you’d like to pick up one of these sets for yourself, you can shop them here.
The Botanic Gin is a B corp certified business, meaning they’re committed to ensuring their products and processes will leave as little impact and waste on the environment as possible, from production to disposal.
To celebrate The Botanist’s thoughtful Earth Day efforts, here’s a recipe for our favourite gin cocktail that uses mint from our garden.
The Botanist’s Southside
A super light and refreshing drink, the Southside is a classic cocktail that’s thought to have originated during the prohibition era. Rumour has it Al Capone’s gang used to smuggle a harsh gin into New York, so to make it more palatable they developed this cocktail and become quite fond of it. It’s zesty from the lime and fresh from the mint, balanced out by the beautiful botanicals of The Botanist’s gin.
- 50mL The Botanist gin
- 5-8 mint leaves
- 15mL sugar syrup
- 25mL lime juice
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
Shake until the tin is frosty, then double strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a fresh spring of mint and enjoy!
Tip: If you prefer a tall drink, strain over ice and top with soda water.