The same qualities that make flowers smell so wonderful also make them ideal for aromatic and delicious infusions! Infusions are easy to make, and only require a minimum of ingredients. We decided to share some of our favorite edible flowers to make your cocktails even better!
Pineapple Guava for Tropical Tequila
Pineapple Guava Flowers have gorgeous bright red, fully edible petals with complex notes of berries, tropical fruit, and fall spices, making them ideal for tequila infusions that make out of this world margaritas.
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Hibiscus Adds Rich Color, Elegance
These beautiful petals bring cranberry and citrus notes to any cocktail, and their rich burgundy color makes them perfect for any occasion, from Halloween to Christmas, to Valentine’s Day!
This versatile bloom has been a popular infusion with everything from vodka and gin, to tequila and mezcal. And, for an upscale event, they make the perfect splash of color and flavor when dropped into sparkling white wine.
Carnations for Uniquely Delicious Vodka Cocktails
As a classic cartoon character recently revived through a trending meme might say, “What in Carnation?” However, don’t be too surprised by this edible flower’s contribution!
This lovely flower has long been a popular choice for herbal teas, and its delicate grassy notes, combined with hints of nutmeg and clove, make it a pleasantly delicious choice to infuse with gin for your signature cocktails.
Classic Flowers to Throw in the Mix
Floral varieties such as rose, lavender, and lilac are popular for a reason ‒ they’re tried and true, and they work with a large variety of cocktails. To give them a unique twist, you can combine them with an unexpected ingredient to make things different and exciting.
Lavender-infused vodka for example, goes wonderfully when combined with fig or guava. And a rose and blackberry infused light rum makes an amazing mojito. Remember, just because a flavor is traditional doesn’t mean it has to be boring!
Before You Infuse ...
Make sure that, no matter which flowers you use, your edible petals come from gardens grown completely without pesticides, and be sure to research them to ensure you only use the edible parts. In some flowers, only the petals are edible, and in most varieties, the white part is bitter and best left out of your creations. And be sure to note certain plants, like the honeysuckle, which have poisonous berries.
In addition to wonderful-tasting infusions, edible petals can be muddled along with mint, basil, or other herbs for an exquisite craft cocktail. There are about a million flavor combinations that you can use to impress your guests.
Simple syrup is also a great cocktail component you can infuse with edible flowers! For regular syrup, just dissolve into 2 cups water over medium heat: 2 cups sugar (or ¼ cup Stevia for a low-carb option). Bring to a simmer, then pour over a heat-resistant bowl with 1 to 1 ½ cups of edible flower petals. Steep for 30 minutes, discard petals, and strain into a glass bottle.
In addition, edible flower petals can be dropped directly into cocktails, or frozen into ice cubes for a perfectly pretty presentation.
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