Whether you’re hosting a super fancy cocktail party or you and your SO just want to try a special drink this Friday night, there’s probably one thing you haven’t tried in your alcoholic beverages yet: flowers.
That’s right, flowers! Floral mixed drinks are having a moment, and for a good reason: they are absolutely delicious, they look complicated but are often fairly easy to make, and elevate a simple cocktail to something so much fancier. Here are four of our favorite floral mixed drink recipes for you to try at your next party. However, be warned: the petals here at The Bouqs may be pretty for decorative purposes, but we recommend that you look into food-grade edible flowers for your bevs!
This combo will soon be your favorite relaxing duo. Wine and chamomile both are soothing and calming on their own, so mixing them together can only work better, right? After a rough day of work when you really need to unwind, this tasty floral mixed drink is sure to chill you out. Chamomile also helps with an upset stomach (just in case you drink too much wine!)
- 1 liter dry white wine
- 1 cup dried chamomile flowers
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- 1½ ounces light rum (optional)
- 4 tablespoons honey (or to taste)
- Pour your wine into a clean jar or bottle. Mix in the chamomile, orange zest, and light rum (if you decide to use it.) Cover the concoction and let it steep for a week.
- Strain it through a coffee filter into a clean container. Add the amount of honey to create your desired sweetness, chill, and serve! If it’s sealed properly, your chamomile flower wine can be kept for up to a year.
Rose Petal and Hibiscus Infused Vodka
This drink is for the witches who like a nice cocktail every now and again. When you are infusing this drink, you will feel like your making your own potion to get buzzed off of, plus it has a beautiful aroma. With this floral vodka, you will elevate any drink you regularly make with vodka, plus it’s a slow but very simple process that doesn’t take a lot of work.
- Mason jars
- Vodka of your choice
- Dried rose petals
- Dried hibiscus flowers
- Sprinkle the flower petals into your mason jars. The amount of petals you use and the length of time you let them diffuse will determine how saturated the floral taste will be. Pour the vodka over the flowers in the jars.
- Put the lid onto the jars and make sure they are properly sealed and let them infuse. Store the jars out of sunlight until the vodka reaches the desired floral flavor. Since the flowers are dried, it could take a few hours to a few days. If you choose to start with fresh flowers, it can take weeks to a month before they reach their peak flavor.
- Drain the flowers into a new mason jar with a coffee filter and serve in your favorite cocktail.
Edible Flower Lemon Jello Shot
This is a fancier version of everyone’s sorority party favorite. Everyone loves a Jello shot, no matter the occasion. If you want to serve them at a classier event, like a wedding, just add edible flowers! They look more formal and adult, like Jello shots were on an episode of Queer Eye and the Fab Five turned their life around.
Ingredients (makes 24 Jello Shots)
- 4 envelopes gelatin (1 ounce)
- 4 large freshly squeezed lemons
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups vodka and 1/2 cup of Cointreau
- Edible flowers for garnishing
- Heat the gelatin, water, and sugar over the stove for five to ten minutes or until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Remove from the heat. Add the liquor after you remove the mixture from the heat or the alcohol will evaporate and it will just be Jello (which will still be delicious if you want to serve Jello to the kiddos, but it defeats the purpose of a cocktail.)
- Pour this into shot glasses and add a sprinkle of edible flowers on top. Store them in the refrigerator to set. This should take about six hours if you are doing it the same day, but the best bet for solid Jello shots is overnight.
- Serve them up to your guests and enjoy!
Earl Grey Infused Gin Cocktail
Tea lovers rejoice! This cocktail will give you all the warm and fuzzies that a nice cup of Earl Grey tea, but with gin! Cuddle up with this drink and a Sherlock Holmes book and you will feel like you are in London!
- 5 oz simple syrup
- 5 oz lemon juice
- Earl Grey Tea
- 3 oz. gin (per cocktail)
- 3 ice cubes
- club soda
- dried rose tea buds
To Infuse the Gin:
- Add Earl Grey tea to gin, seal, and let it infuse for at least two hours. Remember, the longer you infuse the tea and gin, the more saturated the Earl Grey flavor will be. Filter the gin into another container with a coffee filter.
To Make the Drink
- Mix the simple syrup, lemon juice, and infused gin in a glass. Stir.
- Add three ice cubes and club soda to top off the glass. Stir it again.
- Garnish the glass with dried rose petals and enjoy!
Buy Some Bouqs for Decoration
No party is complete without gorgeous decorations, and if you’re going all out with floral cocktails why not add some pizzazz to the decor with fresh flowers? Fortunately, we make that part easy–just browse our site, find the farm fresh flowers that speak to you, and voila! You’ll have gorgeous flowers to liven up your space in a few days (even quicker if you opt for same-day delivery!)Shop All