Summer is Almost Here
Summer is around the corner and we have some great tips for some flower-infused drinks. Flower-infused drinks have been around for centuries, but they’re enjoying new popularity today! Over the last couple of years you may have seen flower-infused drinks popping up more frequently at bars and restaurants, and on television, social media and more.
Not only can you infuse flowers into drinks, but florals can use them as garnishes or rim dressing on glasses. Oils that give flowers, herbs, and spices their aroma, flavor, and other beneficial properties, are soluble in alcoholic spirits, which makes them the perfect mix-ins for a cocktail that is functional and gives you that artistic feeling!
Flowers with Flavor
So what edible flowers give the best flavor, and which edible flowers pair with what? Think of it as an experiment! There are some tried-and-true floral infusers that work well, and some that don’t pair well. You just have to try and taste. You may prefer some floral infusers over others. (Make sure when selecting flowers that you choose flowers that have not had any chemicals or pesticides used.)
Today, many people garnish their food and beverages with flower blossoms for a touch of elegance. It is important to remember is that not every flower is edible. In fact, sampling some flowers can make you very sick.
You also should never use pesticides or other chemicals on any part of any plant that produces blossoms you plan to eat. Never harvest flowers growing by the roadside. Remember to identify the flower exactly and only eat edible flowers and edible parts of those flowers.
Flowers don’t just smell and look nice, they can be delicious accompaniments to a cocktail. Whether it’s the spiciness of a hibiscus flower, aniseed of fennel or a perfume of a rose, there are a huge variety of flavors to be had from infusing the flowers themselves into a drink. Add them as a syrup (like lavender or a rose), as a frosting, or leave them to be nibbled whole as an edible decoration.
If you have any flower-infused recipes, please leave a comment below. We would love to hear from you.