The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – ‘Kitchen Garden Gin’

Launched this week, Waterloo Food Month runs through July. A month long programme of food and drink-based events around Waterloo, featured events will include immersive workshops, master classes, talks from experts and various tastings.

Culminating with the event, Bridget Virden from the community-focussed Meanwhile Club in Waterloo held a ‘Make, Do & Mend’ workshop, focusing on herbs as a key ingredient in summer cocktails. Sharing a wealth of knowledge with participants on creating a simple kitchen herb garden, the drinks crafted included fresh herbs such as rosemary, mint and lemon balm to create a selection of summery cocktails.

The ‘Kitchen Garden Gin’, for instance, teams garden mint with gin and fresh blackberries, accompanied by a splash of lime juice and crème de cassis. A simple yet delicious concoction, ideal to try at home this weekend.


Serves four

2 cups (a bunch) mint

Half cup (approx. 70g) blackberries

8oz (225ml) gin

7oz (200ml) fresh lime juice

2oz (50ml) crème de cassis


Muddle the mint and blackberries in a cocktail shaker; add gin, lime juice, crème de cassis, and ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and garnish with blackberries and mint.

Further information on Waterloo Food Month, plus the full line-up of events can be found at Further information on the Meanwhile Club can be found at

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