ABOUT LOTTIE MUIR, THE COCKTAIL GARDENER
My interest in botanical cocktails developed while wild food foraging and generally experimenting with alcohol. The need to build dens and create secret spaces has led to various gardening and design projects. These included a project in 2012 to transform the neglected rooftop garden above Brunel’s Thames Tunnel in Rotherhithe, south east London, into a community potager with vegetables, herbs and flowers. Midnight Apothecary happened by happy accident as a culmination of all these.
In May 2012, I was asked to put on an inspiring event as part of Museums at Night in this redesigned garden. The Midnight Apothecary was born, initially as a one-off casual garden cocktail bar, using herbs and flowers to infuse and garnish the cocktails.
Currently writing book two, to be published in January 2018.
Designed and built three ‘cocktail gardens’ for the Geronimo pub chain in Wimbledon, Battersea and Chelsea.
Guest on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour with Jane Garvey to discuss foraging and wild cocktails.
Won the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2016 Debut Drink Book of the Year with ‘Wild Cocktails from the Midnight Apothecary’.
Provided ‘Wild Cocktail’ demonstrations at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.
Guest on BBC Radio 4 Midweek with Libby Purves discussing botanical and ‘wild’ cocktails.
Gave a talk at the Garden Museum on ‘Women in Garden Design’.
Designed a range of botanical cocktail-scented candles in exclusive partnership with Amazon.co.uk.
Commissioned to write a five-day ‘Diary of a Somebody’ column in the Financial Times.
Residency at Selfridge’s Food Hall as part of the ‘Meet The Makers’ season – designed a special cocktail and run a cocktail masterclass.
Appearance on Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube and Abel & Cole YouTube.
Featured in British Vogue for the first time.
Designed a cocktail for Chelsea Fringe Show, which was presented to Alan Titchmarsh at Chelsea Flower Show for BBC2.
Started running botanical cocktail masterclasses.
Awarded Student of the Year for Diploma in Horticulture at Capel Manor.
First Midnight Apothecary mobile cocktail bar at the RHS London in Autumn.
Spent Summer 2012 combining Midnight Apothecary antics with gardening at the Olympic Park with award winning landscape company Willerby Landscapes.
Designed and built Brunel Museum’s roof garden and opened Midnight Apothecary.