Grow Your Own Cocktail Garden

Rebecca Varidel
27th Jun 2023

There are a handful of people who were quietly at the forefront of revolution over the last couple of decades in our Sydney town. Around 15 years ago a lot of stuff changed. Drinks licensing changed so that serving cocktails was no longer the domain of only those that could afford expensive hotel licenses. Sydney small bars emerged. Around the same time digital publishing, blogs and social media (yes in the days long before instagram) gained its feet and its cocktail glass. And in that handful of revolutionaries, Corinne Mossati (along with our own Jackie McMillan and me) forged the way for the digital explosion that was to come.

Corinne Mossati, the founder and editor of Cocktails & Bars, The Gourmantic Garden and Gourmantic websites, is at it again! Now she melds her loves to take us on a new journey with the release of her digital book GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN 1 Part Grow Guides, 1 Part Cocktails & a Dash of Flavour Pairing featuring 50 Botanicals including Australian Natives from The Gourmantic Garden’.

The book was two years in the making and launched on 26 June 2023, on the 14th anniversary of the Gourmantic brand.


Like a classic cocktail, GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN is built around 1 part grow guides, 1 part cocktails and a dash of flavour pairing. The book features 50 botanicals including Australian natives grown in The Gourmantic Garden.   

Aimed at a new generation of home gardeners and cocktail enthusiasts, the 260+ page digital book is for anyone who wants to grow their own food and transform their produce into delicious drinks. It’s suitable for all garden spaces, from a sunny balcony and a modest courtyard to a large backyard garden. The book is equally suited to beginners as well as those who have experience in gardening and / or mixing drinks and want to step up their gardening or cocktail repertoire.

“This book is a game changer,” says Corinne Mossati. “While most people grow an edible garden to bring food to the table, this book will also have gardeners mixing botanical cocktails at home and drink enthusiasts growing their own cocktail ingredients.”

Featuring over 85 cocktail and prep recipes including syrups, liqueurs, shrubs, oxymels, ferments and tinctures, the book includes 50 full page colour cocktail photos taken throughout the seasons on location in The Gourmantic Garden.

Part 1 introduces the basics of gardening and cocktails from essential tools to terminology and techniques.

Part 2 dives into 50 chapters with an A-Z of botanicals including Australian natives with easy-to-follow grow guides, botanical photographs, variations to try, zero waste tips and flavour pairings before it all comes together in a glass. The cocktail recipes have all the steps required for the cocktail preparation, including prep recipes for making syrups, shrubs, cordials, infusions, tinctures and more.

Part 3 consists of useful appendices with practical resources on how to deal with common garden pests and diseases, DIY organic sprays, measurement conversions along with digital resources and further reading.

GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN is the first digital book in the GROW IT EAT IT DRINK IT books and is available as a digital download in pdf format for $30.00 HERE.