Add colour to your cocktails this Spring

Spring herbs and yogurt smoothie, diet vitamin drinkIt’s really starting to feel like Spring, so now is a great time for sowing and growing but also harvesting lots of flavoursome and healthy herbs!

Now we all know herbs are great for cooking with, but what about adding them to your drinks too – cocktails, mocktails, or even to liven up a glass of water!

Mint is the obvious choice for a refreshing drink. Perfect in mojitos, martinis, juleps and Pimm’s for the grown ups, or in homemade mint lemonade for all the family, mint is also a digestive and is packed with essential vitamins and minerals.

Savoury-sweet and with a peppery edge, basil is a novel addition to a garden-inspired cocktail. It goes great with vodka and gin-based drinks, or can act as a pretty garnish in a fruit juice or soda water.

Try adding fresh rosemary to a lemontini or a sprig of thyme to a glass of prosecco or cava.

Or why not add your freshly chopped herbs to your ice cube tray. Just add a few leaves to each cube, add fresh water and freeze. Once they have frozen, remove from the tray as and when you need them to give your springtime drinks a spritz of colour.

Our favourite afternoon drink is a soda water with fresh, homegrown lime wedges and a mint leaf ice cube – so refreshing!

Let us know of any herb-inspired drinks you enjoy and send us your photos on our Facebook and Twitter pages, or email us on with your suggestions.

Show Mum you care with gifts that keep on growing

MOTHERS DAYIf you’re looking for the perfect present for Mum this Mother’s Day (15th March), Seed Pantry offers two delightful seed growing kits, ideal for budding growers and green-fingered Mums.

Wild Flower Seeds Starter Pack

If Mum wants to add a splash of colour to the outdoor area, Seed Pantry’s Wild Flower Seeds Starter Pack is perfect for growing wild flowers, including field poppies, yarrow, musk mallow, chamomile and wallflowers.

The seeds grow into some of Britain’s wonderful native flora and are especially attractive to bees, butterflies, hoverflies, beetles and other wildlife, thanks to their vibrant colours.

Wild flowers make great companion plants too for vegetables and fruit trees and can be grown in even the smallest of spaces, giving real joy over the spring and summer seasons.

These vibrant flowers are easy to grow and nurture and attract a range of pollinating wildlife to the garden. Priced at £26, the starter pack contains everything Mum needs to get started, including detailed keepsake instructions compost, and a handy notes pencil.

Herb Seeds Starter Pack

If Mum has been talking about growing her own herbs, the Herb Seeds Starter Pack is a great way to sow and grow delicious organic herbs for cooking with at home indoors or outdoors.

Perfect for novices or seasoned gardeners, the kit shows you how to sow and grow basil, coriander, chives and parsley – great for adding to spring salads and family recipes.

The Herb Seeds Starter Pack is priced at £25.

Both kits contain all the equipment you need to get started, including bio-degradable rice husk pots, coir seed trays, compost, labels and FSC oak dibblets.

The packs arrive in stylish Seed Pantry gift boxes, made using recycled packaging and printed with vegetable inks, including easy-to-follow illustrated instructions and a handy notes pencil for Mum.

All kits are available now . Order up to the 13th March for delivery before Mother’s Day.