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A Chicago beverage garden

A Chicago beverage garden contains flowers, fruits, herbs and shrubs that can be used to make scrumptious beverages either separately or in combination with other ingredients. Make sure your soda making machine is working because it can help you make amazing, bubbly drinks. Your beverage garden can even become mini winery or brewery.

Grapes on the vine
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Your beverage garden should consist of herbs and fruits that are pleasing to your taste buds. Think of all the flavors you enjoy, flavors like lemon, lime, orange, mint and anise. Think of your favorite teas like chamomile and mint and orange. Fill your beverage garden with plants that have these flavors.

If lemon flavor refreshes you, grow lemon verbena, bee balm, lemon basil, lemon thyme and lemon mint. Like lime, grow lime mint. Some other mints you may want to grow are orange mint, chocolate mint, spearmint, peppermint and wintergreen. As a word of caution, grow your mints and lemon balm in planters, or they will take over the garden. If you like the flavor of licorice, grow anise hyssop and fennel. Experiment by adding rosemary, marjoram, lavender and chamomile to beverages. Instead of adding a celery stick to a tomato drink, add lovage; it has the same flavor.

Berries, grapes, and other fruits can be grown in a Chicago beverage garden. Fruit beverages are nutritious and tasty, and they can be enhanced by adding other herbs like those listed above. These fruits can also be made into wines and liquors, which of course are alcoholic, but still delicious. You may even start a mini brewery. If you do, grow hops to stabilize your beer.

Your own beverage garden will provide the needed plants for your tasty, homegrown drinks. Your soda machine will make them sparkling. Best of all, they will be your creations.

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