My friend, Luci, recently gave me a “Flower Cocktail Kit.” It consists of handcrafted, non-alcoholic flower syrups to be used for cocktails, spritzers or mocktails. The syrups include Cherry Blossom, Elderflower, Lavender, Orange Blossom, and Rose.
As the warmer weather is upon us, it’s the perfect time to experiment with these floral syrups.
I started with a mocktail because had I started experimenting with alcohol drinks, this blog might be a bit nonsensical!
The mocktail was made with the orange blossom syrup, seltzer, and orange juice. The result was a bright and refreshing citrus drink.
The mocktail was followed by a spritzer made with Prosecco and rose syrup. The floral notes of the rose syrup are sure to invoke a memory of strolling through a rose garden. It’s destined to become your favorite summer cocktail.
Last, but not least, was a Lavender Martini. This visually beautiful cocktail is perfect for elegant sipping in the late afternoons or early summer evenings. Filled with the fresh aroma of lavender, it’s a great way to kick off the garden season!
Below are the recipes.
Orange Blossom Mocktail
½ orange sliced thin
½ lemon sliced thin
2 cups of plain seltzer, lemon seltzer or lemonade
¼ cup orange juice
1 ounce orange blossom syrup
Fresh citrus slices and mint for garnish
Add orange and lemon slices into glass. Keep half a slice of each for garnish.
Add seltzer or lemonade, orange juice and syrup to glass, along with 4 ice cubes or crushed ice, to taste.
Stir and garnish with citrus slices and mint.
Prosecco Spritzer with Rose Syrup
One split of Prosecco
½ ounce of rose syrup
Fresh mint for garnish
1. Fill champagne glass with Prosecco and add rose syrup. Top with mint.
4 ounces of Vodka
1 lemon cut in half
1 ounce of lavender syrup
1 lemon slice and ½ teaspoon of dried lavender buds for garnish
To a cocktail shaker filled with ice add vodka, a squeeze of lemon juice from half of lemon and lavender syrup; shake well.
Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon slice topped with dried lavender.