It’s no great secret that we love a floral touch in just about everything – and next to fragrances, cocktails must be one of the finest ways to utilise the beauty and decadence of flowers. From a single bloom to transform a flute of champagne to a heady, jasmine-infused martini, adding flowers to your cocktail menu will perfectly capture the fresh vitality of the season. Read on for some of our favourite floral recipes! Jasmine Martini A mixture of jasmine and earthy honey swirled with a generous measure of vodka conveys all of the hypnotic allure of this sensual summer bloom – and captures it in a glass. Could anything be more perfect? Stir honey into a well-steeped brew of jasmine tea and allow to cool. Strain with ice, adding vodka or gin – and finish off with just-picked jasmine petals. [caption id="attachment_331" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Image courtesy of https://bradajohnson.net[/caption] Elderflower Old Fashioned Definitely a classic favourite, elderflower brings a delicious hint of the countryside to this drink. Simply swap the usual sugar cube with St Germain elderflower liqueur, for an effortless floral flavour. Blooming Champagne An ideal way to add a seasonal touch to a spring celebration, the addition of a simple bloom can turn a glass of champagne into a visually stunning masterpiece. Look for hibiscus flowers preserved in syrup – these unfurl spectacularly when dropped in liquid, and add a beautiful glow of colour as well as subtle flavour. Chamomile and Honey There’s something wonderfully soothing and comforting about chamomile – but it doesn’t need to be reserved for de-stressing teas and night time drinks. Steep a fragrant syrup with fresh chamomile flowers and honey (chamomile teabags will work just as well), and mix with fresh lemon juice and gin, for a sunshine-filled cocktail that’s guaranteed to please. Cardamom Rose Cardamom and rose are a timeless combination – the perfect pairing of delicacy and sultry decadence. Rose syrup, bitters, fresh citrus juice and gin are combined and rounded off with a lightly muddled cardamom pod, for a sophisticated and exotic flavoured cocktail. Enjoy!
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