Grow your own garnish gift this Summer with The Botanist Gin and The Plant Mail.

The Botanist Gin x Plant Mail
? The Botanist Gin x Plant Mail

To celebrate the start of the Australian summer, The Botanist Gin has partnered with an Australian plant gifting brand, The Plant Mail for people to grow their own cocktail garnishes. This one-of-a-kind Botanist plant box can be purchased with a 200ml bottle of The Botanist gin and a pot of Rosemary to create a delicious summer cocktail garnish and aromatic addition to your home.

Each grey ceramic pot is filled with a lush rosemary plant placed in a small unique velvet box and is a perfect garnish to numerous cocktails, as well as a delightful decoration for the interior of your house. Rosemary adds a delicious savory note to any gin cocktail and goes well with the flavour of the juniper.

Why Rosemary?

Rosemary is one of those herbs that’s never been on my radar until I started trying cocktails with rosemary. It is a robust herb that features a woody stem and needles similar to a pine tree, it may not be the first herb that comes to mind when mixing drinks, but it should be.

Rosemary has proven itself to be diverse in the kitchen and that holds true for your home bar too. Generally, it will work well with sweet, acidic flavors like citrus (lemon, lime, or orange) and cranberry. I’ve also heard that the flavour of fresh apple really shines in rosemary cocktails, but I haven’t experimented nor found a recipe for that yet.

The Botanist Gin

Sweet and earthy aromas from the Islay22, as well as lovely floral and herbal overtones. Every sip of this gin reveals deeper layers of complexity and more nuanced flavour combinations. With a round texture and citrus freshness, The Botanist Gin has a rich and delicate flavour that is crisp on the tongue but softens over the palate, awakening the sense of taste. The balance and complexity are unique with the versatility perfectly suited to creating a foraged serve of your own at home this summer.

The Botanist is working to reduce the impact of their operations and become more environmental in their actions, all with a heightened sensitivity to growing within their island home. They have outlined their ambitions under four key pillars of sustainability; Agriculture & Biodiversity, Packaging & Waste, Islay & Community, and Energy.

The Botanist Gin with a potted rosemary plant

The Rosemary plant is the perfect garnish for your Summer G&aT’s as well as making a lovely decoration for the interior of your house. Rosemary is a resilient and easy-to-grow plant with a beautiful scent. Trim the stems and branches regularly to improve light and air circulation.

1 x 200ml bottle of The Botanist Gin
1 x Rosemary plant potted in 14cm planter
1 x White velvet gift box

The Botanist Gin Summer cocktail recipes

The Botanist G&T
30ml The Botanist Gin
Top with Fever-Tree Tonic Water
Rosemary Sprig
Orange (or Grapefruit)
Method: Build in glass and stir. Garnish with rosemary and orange.

Blushing Berry
30ml The Botanist
20ml Dry Vermouth
20ml Lemon Juice
20ml Coconut & Raspberry Syrup
Soda Water
Rosemary sprig (or mint sprig)
Method: Add all ingredients to the shaker (except Soda water). Shake and strain into a chilled highball glass. Top with chilled Soda water, stir, garnish with rosemary sprig.

Classic Dry Martini
60ml The Botanist
20ml Dry Vermouth
Lemon (or Green Olive)
Method: Add all ingredients to the mixing glass. Add ice and stir to dilute. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon twist or chilled green olive.

Pear & Basil Spritz
20ml The Botanist
10ml Pear liqueur
10ml lemon juice
3-4 basil leaves
30ml soda water
90ml Prosecco
Basil leaf
Method: Add the first four ingredients to shake and shake with ice. Fine strain into an ice filled wine glass, add soda and prosecco, stir, garnish with a basil leaf.