Are you looking for a cocktail to sit back and relax with? How about adding a floral twist to your favourite tipple?
Floral syrups, liqueurs and petals
With such beautiful flavours, the likes of violets, rose and elderflower make excellent syrups and liqueurs. Mix your favourite with gin, vodka and rum and pour over ice for a simple twist on the spirit. To really bring out the best of the blooms, decorate the glass with edible flowers such as roses, nasturtiums and lavender.
Here are a few floral recipes to inspire you...
40 ml Vodka
20 ml Violet liqueur
15 ml Rose syrup
20 ml Lemon juice
20 ml Cranberry juice
Mix all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Pour into a martini glass decorated with rose petals.
30 ml Crème de Violette
30 ml Gin
30 ml Vodka
20 ml Domaine de Canton (ginger liqueur)
20 ml Elderflower liqueur
A squirt of Scrappy's Lavender Bitters
Shake all the ingredients together for 30 seconds with ice. Add a few sprigs of fresh lavender and serve
Kir Cassis Flower
15 ml Campari
15 ml Gin
1 tbsp Blackcurrant jam
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp White Crème de Cacao
Prosecco or Champagne
Mix everything except the prosecco or champagne and pansy into a glass with ice. Pass this mixture through a sieve, add the prosecco or champagne. Carefully, decorate with the pansy.
You can find all the recipes and more at ProFlowers and find a range of edible flowers at Maddocks Farm Organics. Edible flowers are seasonal and may not always be available throughout the year so be sure to check before you plan your next drinks party!
Alcohol abuse is dangerous for your health, always consume in moderation
Note: Not all flowers are not edible, some are poisonous. If you're not sure whether a flower is safe to eat, consult a specialist first. You should know that edible flowers are produced specially making them safe for consumption. The flowers and decorative plants you find in stores are not suitable for consumption.