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LH 107: Wildcrafted Cocktails

Make your own foraged syrups, bitters, infusions and garnishes

You’ve probably heard of making garden cocktails.

But what about making cocktails from foraged plants, seeds and berries?

Well forage expert Ellen Zachos shares all we need to know about creating delicious and spirited drinks from wildcrafted components.


You will learn:

  • All the ways we can flavor, garnish and infuse our beverages
  • The basic parts of a good cocktail
  • How long infusions last on the shelf
  • Which plants make the best flavorings
  • How we can forage safely
  • How to create the Santa Fe Sundowner cocktail


Ellen Zachos:

Ellen is Harvard graduate, garden author and a well-known expert on foraging – both out in nature and in your own backyard.

Ellen has written several books, including: The Wildcrafted cocktail, Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat, Orchid Growing for Wimps, and Growing Healthy Houseplants.

Ellen leads forage walks, gives lectures and conducts foraged mixology workshops all over the country. If you ever see her listed in your area, be sure to go! She is super knowledgable AND entertaining!


Photo credit: Rob Cardillo


Always be absolutely certain of a plant’s identity before consuming.

Many toxic and poisonous plants look similar to the safe varieties. You must be careful and not assume everything is safe until you have it properly identified.

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Resources & Links Mentioned:

Backyard Forager – Ellen’s website

Backyard Foraging* – Ellen’s book

The Wildcrafted Cocktail* – Ellen’s book

Orchid Growing for Wimps* – Ellen’s book

Backyard Foraging Podcast Episode #93



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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.