Virtual Cocktail Hour #4

Virtual Cocktail Hour #4

Thanks to all who joined in on our fourth Virtual Cocktail Hour. You can find the recording here, with the access code: 8L=iy67P

Here’s the recipe for the cocktail we started with.

Herbs n’ Orange Cocktail

Looking for a cocktail that is high in vitamin C and garden goodness? This one has a complex and balanced range of flavors.

For Two Cocktails

4 ounces Gin (Try the locally made Dry Line.)

2 ounces Aperol, an Italian aperitif (You could also use Campari)

4 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice (two medium sized organic oranges)

2 Fresh Sage leaves for muddling and 2 small leaves for garnish  (You could also substitute basil)


Squeeze the oranges and measure out the juice. Put two large sage leaves into a mason jar and muddle using a wooden spoon or cocktail muddler.

Add juice, gin, Aperol and four or five ice cubes to the jar and shake vigorously. Strain and pour into two glasses. Garnish with a fresh sage leaf.

Sage is an herb that contains assorted antioxidants, volatile oils and flavonoids. According to a study in 2003, sage is also a memory enhancer. But in this cocktail we’re going after seasonality and flavor. Because it’s aromatic and a bit peppery it marries well with the bitterness of the Aperol and sweetness of the orange juice.  

We talked about how great it is to have colorful annuals such as sunflowers, marigolds, zinnias and Blue Horizon Ageratum. Plant the sunflowers from seeds put right in the ground in late May. Either buy six packs of tall marigolds, State Fair, California Giant or Cut-and-come-again Zinnias, and Blue Horizon Ageratum, or start them from seed indoors in early May. You’ll need lights or a very sunny window for indoor annual seeds.
Lemon Basil is a nice variety to add to to the herb garden. Put plants in your garden when the night time temperatures are above 50 degrees. This is usually in late May or early June on Cape Cod. Patience!
Mandevilla vines come in a variety of sizes and colors. Some, like the ones pictured, grow large and are good for arbors and trellises. Others are shorter and best for hanging baskets or window-boxes. These are tropical vines so don’t plant them outdoors too early!
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