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!
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.
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.
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 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.