6 November 2015
Five Floral Cocktails
What better way to ring in the weekend than to celebrate with a floral beverage? Whether you’re having a cosy night in this weekend or holding a fireworks night party, we have some lovely floral cocktails recipes for you to try which are guaranteed to have your guests impressed.
1. Elderflower Old Fashioned
We love the look of this flower inspired drink from ‘Saveur’, a lovely twist on an old favourite. In this recipe, they replace the traditional sugar cube with elderflower liquor to give a floral taste to the drink.
Ingredients for one cocktail: 2 and a half oz. of bourbon, half an oz. of St. Germain, 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters and a Strip of lemon zest for garnish.
To make: Stir Bourbon, St. Germain, and bitters in an ice-filled mixing glass or mixing tin until very chilled; strain into a rocks glass with a large cube of ice. Garnish with lemon zest.
2. Butterfly Martini Cocktail
This recipe comes courtesy from ‘Paste Magazine’ and is a mixture of all things delicious. We love the inclusion of the fresh flavours of basil and mint too!
Ingredients for one cocktail: 1 Lemon Zest, 1 and a half oz. of Grey Goose Le Citron, 1 and a half oz. white grape juice, 3 basil leaves, 3 mint leaves, 1 tsp. elderflower cordial and 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice.
To make: Fill a cocktail shaker with shredded basil and mint leaves, and combine with all the other ingredients. Shake hard with plenty of ice. Strain through a fine sieve and top with a squeeze of lemon rind to release essential oils and discard the rind. Serve in a cocktail glass and garnish with an edible flower.
3. Blackcurrant Sparkler
We love the rich colour of this cocktail found on the ‘Pro Flowers Blog’, and think it could be served as quite a nice festive looking drink this time of year!
Ingredients for one cocktail: half an ounce of Campari, half an ounce of gin, 1 tablespoon of blackcurrant preserves, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extracts, 1 teaspoon of creme de cacao, Prosecco and a pansy
To make: Place all of the ingredients, except the Prosecco and the pansy, into a mixing glass with ice. Stir and then strain the mixture into a glass, and top with Prosecco and garnish with a pansy.
4. Lavender Bee’s Knees
We love the crispness of the flavours included in this cocktail from ‘Honestly Yum’, and can understand why it’s a timeless classic. Often tipped as the gin based drink for non-gin drinkers, this lovely concoction of flavours was originally made to mask the taste of gin so it makes for a very smooth tasting drink.
Ingredients for one cocktail: 2 oz of gin, 3/4 of an oz of lavender honey syrup and 1 oz of lemon juice. For the Lavender Honey Syrup: 1/4 cup honey, 1/8 cup hot water and 1 teaspoon of dried lavender.
To make: Combine all the ingredients in a shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously for 1 seconds. Double strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lavender sprig. To make the lavender honey syrup, combine hot water with honey and stir until evenly mixed. Add lavender, stirring to combine. Let cool, approximately 30 minutes then pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove lavender.
5. Van Leer Rose Cocktail
This pretty in pink cocktail from ‘Liquor.com’ is sure to brighten any autumn evening and looks just beautiful. We’re tempted to just add a flower bud on a cocktail stick as a garnish to a normal drink too!
Ingredients for one cocktail: 1 and a half oz. Bonded bourbon, half an oz. of Esprit de June, three quarters of an oz. of Lemon juice, three quarters of an oz. of Grenadine, a dash of Angostura bitters and a dash of Abbots bitters.
To make: Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass, squeeze some less over the top.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend and please do send us pictures if you end up attempting any of these!