Doug and I usually plant a huge herb garden in the late spring/early summer that will last us all the way to September. With our busy schedules these past 6 weeks I kept putting it off — thinking that I shouldn’t buy any plants since I wouldn’t be home to water them! This weekend we finally headed over to Home Depots’ nursery and picked up what little was left… parsley, basil, rosemary, hot peppers and tomato plants.
At the Vintage Bazaar a few weeks ago we purchased some covered grape boxes and we used them to plant our herbs. We have a nosy family of groundhogs living under our deck, so I put our grape box of herbs on top of our table, in hopes that it will keep the groundhogs away!
There’s still time to plant some herbs outside so that the rest of your summer is full of fresh basil pesto and juicy, ripe tomatoes. If you don’t have a grape box, there are some fun planters at Target:
Last week my darling college roommate Brooke stopped by for a visit. While we were sitting outside, I mentioned that I had no idea what to do with all of the herbs growing in my patio garden, as it’s contents are literally overflowing! I have so much basil & parsley, which I use often for cooking, but I didn’t know what to do with all of the mint.
My patio herb garden & flamingo friends
Knowing full well that I don’t drink rum (thanks to our spring weekend one year at UCONN, oops!) she immediately exclaimed, “Make Southsides!” and I couldn’t believe that I forgot about them! A classic favorite on Fishers Island, where I worked as a lifeguard/swimming instructor/waitress/babysitter/bartender during summer vacation in college, the Southside is a perfect summer drink! And I realized that it’s kind of a refreshing take on my favorite gin drink, the Gimlet.
To make the perfect Fishers Island Southside:
2 oz. Gin (I like Bombay Sapphire)
1 oz. Fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. Simple syrup
Slice of lime, to garnish
In a shaker, mix together the simple syrup, lime juice, and some mint leaves
Add gin & ice… shake!
Pour into glass & top off with a splash of club soda
Garnish with rest of mint and a lime wedge
Notes: When in a pinch I use 1oz. Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice in place of the Lime Juice + Simple syrup. You can make your own simple syrup by mixing 1 part sugar to 1 part water. Boil until sugar is fully dissolved. Voila!