Flowers in the Snow

Here's a little bit of Spring in Winter... alcoholic in nature.

1. St. Germaine As mentioned in previous posts, a liqueur made from the elderflower. Definitely the most popular flower liqueur. See recipes here and below.

2. Cynar An herbal liqueur, whose primary ingredient is the artichoke. Did you know the artichoke was a flower? See it growing below. Cynar (pronounced Chee-nar) is a bitter liqueur so it's a good sub for Sweet Vermouth. The Swiss like it with orange juice.

3. Orange Flower Water Distilled bitter-orange flowers! Most famously in the Ramos Gin Fizz, but I like it in the Absinthe Suissesse.

Absinthe Suissesse
1 1/2 oz absinthe
1/2 oz orgeat syrup
1 egg white
1 dash orange flower water (optional)
2 oz heavy cream or half-and-half

In cocktail shaker, combine absinthe, orgeat syrup, egg white, orange flower water, and heavy cream or half-and-half. Add ice and shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled highball glass with or without ice from the shaker and serve. From Epicurious

Notes: Don't buy pre-packaged orgeat (pronounce or-zhat). It's artificial. Instead, you can make it here or cheat by making a simple syrup and adding almond extract and a little orange flower water.

4. Chrysanthemum Honey Liqueur Made by our favorite local disterally Koval. I would love to try this in a toddy with Chrysanthemum tea, honey and lemon.

5. Crème de Violette Used in the classic cocktail, Aviation. This liqueur's color gives the cocktail a sky blue color, hence the name. For a change, try this martini:

Flower Power Martini by Simon Difford via Cocktail Chronicles
2 oz Plymouth gin
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1/2 oz St. Germaine
1/4 oz Crème de Violette

Stir well with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with strip of orange zest.

6. Koval Jasmine Liqueur A very perfumey flower. Traditionally, jasmine is harvested at night when its scent is strongest. This makes a great iced tea. Just brew green jasmine tea, add the liqueur and a simple syrup. Garnish with fresh mint.

7. Lavender Makes a nice simple syrup or use lavender honey. Pairs well with vodka and lemon.

8. Rose Water Extremely intense, so use with caution. Pairs really well with gin. Try our Rose Rickey here.

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