Lottie Muir developed her interest in botanical cocktails while foraging for wild food and generally experimenting with drinks recipes. In 2012 she transformed the neglected rooftop garden above Brunel’s Thames Tunnel in southeast London into a community potager with vegetables, herbs, and flowers. After being asked to organise an event as part of Museums at Night in this redesigned garden, The Midnight Apothecary was born. Initially a one-off casual garden cocktail bar, using herbs and flowers to infuse and garnish the cocktails, it has only grown, as has the garden. The bar has been featured on the World’s Best Bars website, the Financial Times, the Telegraph, Time Out, the Evening Standard, and a range of lifestyle websites.
As well as running the bar and maintaining the garden, Lottie now teaches botanical cocktail masterclasses and works with the Royal Horticultural Society to create seasonal cocktails for their events. In 2013, her work was featured in Vogue, and in the same year, she designed the Chelsea Fringe Collins cocktail, which was presented to Alan Titchmarsh at the Chelsea Flower Show on BBC2. She has also collaborated with organic food supplier, Abel & Cole, to make cocktails using their ingredients, and appeared on Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube.
WILD COCKTAILS FROM THE MIDNIGHT APOTHECARY was published by CICO Books in 2015. It was shortlisted for Best Debut Drink Book in the 2016 Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards.