Since 2012, British gardener Lottie Muir has hosted an apothecary bar on the roof of the Brunel Museum in London during the summer. Using plants she cultivates or forages, her concoctions have made this green space above the Thames Tunnel a popular destination. She’s now collected her recipes in Wild Cocktails from the Midnight Apothecary. It may take some footwork to find medlars for the Quince and Medlar Liqueur, or gorse flowers for her take on the Tom Collins. But there are plenty of recipes based on more widely available ingredients, like the Grilled Nectarine Smash or the Scented Geranium Sour. With lots of practical advice on drying and storing herbs, making infusions and macerations, and the etiquette of foraging, Muir’s book is just as handy for the cook as the bartender.
Reviewed in W&S June 2015.