Consume The Blooms: Using Edible Flowers In Cocktails
Edible flowers are a beautiful and delicious way to add a touch of elegance to your cocktails. They come in a wide variety of colors, flavors, and shapes, so you can find the perfect ones to complement your drink.
There are many edible flowers that can be used in cocktails. Some of the most popular include:
- Rose: Roses have a sweet, delicate flavor that pairs well with many different types of cocktails.
- Chamomile: Chamomile has a light, floral flavor that is perfect for refreshing cocktails.
- Lavender buds: Lavender has a sweet, herbaceous flavor that adds depth to cocktails.
- Hibiscus: Hibiscus has a tart, fruity flavor that is perfect for cocktails with a tropical twist.
- Violet: Violets have a sweet, floral flavor that is perfect for cocktails with a light and delicate flavor profile.
- Dandelion: Dandelions have a slightly bitter flavor that can be balanced out with sweet or sour ingredients.
- Pansy: Pansies make a beautiful and flavorful garnish for cocktails. Simply add a few petals to the rim of the glass or float them on top of the drink.
When choosing edible flowers for cocktails, it is important to select flowers that are fresh and free of pesticides. It is also important to be aware of the flavor of the flower, as some flowers can be quite strong. A good rule of thumb is to use no more than a few petals per cocktail.
Edible flowers can be used to garnish cocktails or they can be infused into the cocktails themselves. To infuse flowers into cocktails, simply add the flowers to the cocktail shaker or glass and let them steep for a few minutes before straining them out.
Edible flowers are a beautiful and delicious way to add a touch of elegance to your cocktails. With so many different edible flowers to choose from, you can find the perfect ones to complement your drink.
5 Tips On Using Edible Flowers In Cocktails
Here are a few tips for using edible flowers in cocktails:
- Choose flowers that are fresh and free of pesticides.
- Use flowers that have a flavor that will complement the other ingredients in your cocktail.
- Be careful not to use too many flowers, as they can overpower the other flavors in your drink.
- Garnish your cocktails with edible flowers just before serving.
- Edible flowers can also be frozen into ice cubes or ice rings.
Here are a few recipes for cocktails that you can make with edible flowers:
- Rosemary Lavender Margarita:
Combine 2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce lime juice, 1/2 ounce simple syrup, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, and 1 tablespoon lavender flowers in a shaker with ice. Shake until well-chilled, then strain into a chilled margarita glass rimmed with salt. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a few lavender flowers.
- Chamomile Bee’s Knees:
Combine 2 ounces gin, 1 ounce lemon juice, and 1/2 ounce simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake until well-chilled, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a few chamomile flowers.
- Hibiscus Mojito:
Muddle 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves and 1/4 cup of hibiscus flowers in the bottom of a highball glass. Add 2 ounces white rum, 4 ounces club soda, and 1/4 cup of lime juice. Stir to combine, then garnish with a few more hibiscus flowers and a sprig of mint.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. With so many different edible flowers to choose from, the possibilities are endless. So next time you’re making cocktails, be sure to add a touch of beauty and flavor with edible flowers.
Join Me May 26 For An Edible Flowers Cocktail Class In West Palm Beach
Add a touch of beauty and flavor to your cocktails by adding edible flowers!
Join me and @chefwinstoncooks at our Consume the Blooms Edible Flower Cocktail Class on May 26th, from 6pm-8pm! You’ll learn the art of crafting specialty cocktails that not only look amazing but taste even better with the addition of edible flowers!