There is something about fresh cut flowers that inspires us to feel pretty, sexy and alive. It’s no wonder petal powered potions are making a comeback this summer. If you are entertaining friends or in the mood for a fresh and flirty night cap, here is a selection of flower-infused liqueurs (and recipes) that are bound to make a splash this season!
Lavender Cello Liqueur by Loft: In the culinary world, the herbes de Provence combination of lavender, thyme, rosemary and savory has become a classic cooking staple but not until now has a stand-alone liqueur made use of the sweet taste of this pretty purple flower. Much like the lemony Italian digestive limoncello, Lavender Cello liqueur has a sweet taste but with the light floral flavor and scent of lavender. For a new twist on the traditional Daiquiri try the following:
¾ oz LOFT Lavender Cello
1 ½ oz white rum
¼ to ½ oz agave syrup
¾ oz fresh squeezed lime juice
Lime wheel for garnish
Basil Eau de Vie by St. George Spirits: For those who do not know, Eau de Vie is colorless fruit brandy and since 1983 Alsace native Jörg Rupf has been churning out flavors at his distillery in Alameda, California. This experimental creation is a tantalizing herbal concoction that blends several types of basil including Sweet Thai. When entertaining guests this summer, give them something naughty they can sip on.
1 3/4 oz. Hayman's Old Tom Gin
3/4 oz. Manzanilla Sherry
1/2 oz. St. Germain
1/4 oz. Agua Perfecta Basil Eau-De-Vie
A Dash of Peach Bitters
Stir and serve in martini glass.
Mandarin Blossom Vodka by Hangar One: Despite an influx of flavor-infused vodkas in recent years, this zesty citrus-infused spirit is incredibly delicate and boasts a fragrance of mandarin blossoms that is so intoxicating it deserves to be a stand-alone cocktail. Served chilled, straight up or over ice and it will leave you breathless. This fresh and fruity beverage comes courtesy of Lou Bustamante from the Hangar One tasting room in Alameda, CA.
Farmer's Market Cocktail
1 oz. Hangar One Mandarin Blossom Vodka
½ oz. fresh apple juice
¼ oz. fresh lime juice
A dash of June Taylor’s Strawberry&Rose Geranium syrup
Shake with ice and serve up. Garnish with a blackberry or raspberry in glass.
Rose Petal Vodka by Modern Spirits: This all-natural vodka is made with the petals of three highly fragrant rose petal varieties, making it sweet and spicy to the palate with every sip. If you’re in the mood for romance, pair Rose Petal Vodka with oysters or chocolate. Or if you want your friends to feel fresh and pretty, here’s one that will make them blush!
1 1/2 oz MS Rose Petal vodka
1 oz gin
1/4 oz cranberry juice
1 oz lemon soda
Garnish with lemon twist
Creme Yvette by the Cooper Spirits Co.: After a forty year hiatus this violet and berry liqueur was rereleased in 2009 based on the 120-year-old recipe. The unique blend of fresh berries, violet petals and vanilla makes it a truly contemporary classic. For starry nights try mixing 1 ½ parts gin, ¾ part Crème Yvette and ½ part fresh lemon juice with ice. Shake and serve in a martini glass and let your mind wander!
Enjoy the intoxicating powers of these flower packed cocktails!