Tiny, 1-2 inch fruits, like teaspoon-sized watermelons, fall off the vine when ripe. This rediscovered heirloom produces tons of miniature fruits with big flavor, like sweet and sour cucumbers with a tangy hint of citrus that blends perfectly with gin. 70 days from transplant. OP
Care: Space 4-6′ apart in all directions. Needs heat and well-drained soil: plant in full sun in raised beds or hills. The vigorous vines can be grown on a trellis or allowed to cascade from a large hanging basket.
Old Tom Gin Garden:
With its blend of juniper, coriander, orange peel and other spices, gin is the ultimate botanical spirit. Gin’s floral, citrus and spice notes compliment almost everything that grows in the garden.
Try a cucumber-infused gin and tonic, a basil martini, an elderflower liqueur, or a thyme-infused blend of sweetness and spice. Borage blossoms are a classic garnish for the gin-based Pimm’s Cup.
Gherkintini: Muddle 1.5 ounces gin with Mexican Sour Gherkins. Add ½ ounce dry vermouth, shake over ice, strain into martini glass. Garnish with gherkins.
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