Don't limit your enjoyment of the garden's glorious bounty to salads, stir-fries and obsessive juice consumption. Tying the savoury cocktail trend in with fresh, seasonal imbibing, bartenders are ensuring you get your daily dose of veg and vitamins with garden-inspired cocktails.
Have the bartenders at Rush Lane (563 Queen West, 416-551-7540, rushlaneco.com), Queen West's latest destination for experimental deliciousness, mix up the sweet and tangy Beat It (Beefeater gin, beet grenadine, lemon, thyme and ginger beer, $14). Stained rich fuchsia by its namesake root veg, it's just as tasty as it is beautiful.
Head east to Osteria dei Ganzi (504 Jarvis, 647-348-6520, ganzi.ca), where bar manager Joao Machado loves to play with garden goodies behind the bar. Try the Host ($13), made with rum, celery juice, basil, cardamom, lime, sugar, egg white and black pepper.
Japhet Bower's Su Vida! (Tromba blanco, Benedictine, Cynar, celery water, fresh lemon, Gilead carrot bitters, $14) at the Grove (1214 Dundas West, 416-588-2299, thegroveto.com) is a complex refresher. The bittersweet amaro is lifted by celery, and herbaceous Benedictine brings out the sweet and earthy carrot bitters, while the zesty blanco base brings it all together.
A fresh and surprisingly light version of Canada's national hangover cure, the Garden Caesar (cucumber-infused vodka; salsa verde with mint, parsley, basil, cilantro, chilies, garlic and olive oil; fresh lime; Worcestershire and hot sauce, $18) at the Chase (10 Temperance, 647-348-7000, thechasetoronto.com) is one of the best brunch drinks I've had this summer - garnished with a succulent herbed shrimp.