Episode 4: Vodka, Gin, Tea; Barbara, Kathy, and Dee. And me.


Badge_CocktailHour1 Those of you reading this at 8 a.m. on a Sunday might not be quite ready for cocktails, but ready or not, here it is: another Garden Rant Cocktail Hour.

This episode is a bit different: it is a combined Skype recording of discussions between Elizabeth and three other bloggers. It’s also different because not everyone is drinking alcohol. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

So watch and listen as Elizabeth, Kathy/Cold Climate Gardening, Barbara/Mr. McGregor’s Daughter, and Dee/Red Dirt Rambling discuss frost, flowers, and more. (Please excuse the varying quality; obviously, the internet connections varied and that made a difference.)


Here’s the Gnome’s Water recipe.

Barbara’s jellybean-tini includes equal parts vodka, Chambord, and cranberry/pomegranate, but she notes that Sambuca should have been used instead of vodka. And here's a link to Kathy's post on rose planting in a cold climate.

Stay tuned for future episodes discussing limoncello, orangecello, and how to make both.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regular radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world, and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. I love a good party where you can meet up with several gardeners and compare notes. It is odd about that lack of frost in your garden, Elizabeth. Our first frost was very late, too, more than a week past the average killing frost date.

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