Cocktail Concoction Part 2, Lavender Honey Sazerac

Drink your Flowers? Cocktail Concoction Part 2, Lavender Honey Sazerac

Flowers aren’t just for bouquets anymore, try a savory herb based cocktail.

As I mention previously, in the part 1 of this article (Click to link to part 1), I have recently been drawn to the idea of edible flowers, herbs, and floral extracts to use in recipes for savory cocktails. Lavender is technically an herb, but it does contain a lovely purple cone shaped flower. Traditionally it has been used to induce a calming effect in the user.  

Today I have decided to share a twist on the retro cocktail of the Sazerac. The Sazerac is a very masculine drink that has been around for decades. Traditionally it uses orange bitters to flavor rye whiskey, today we will use lavender extract in lieu of bitters. Lavender has a natural bitter quality and will be a perfect replacement. You can buy dried, food grade lavender as seen above at specialty markets I picked these lavender grains up at World Market

Also, as I mentioned before in this weeks previous post on Rosewater Lemonade, you can make your own floral syrups if you choose to be so industrious, but for time sake you can purchase Nielson Massey lavender extract, I picked mine from the local Sur La Table. 

I love pairing lavender and lemon, the freshness of the lemon complements the floral notes of the lavender and together they create a very clean herbaceous taste. To dress  my cocktail, I used a vegetable peeler to make lemon zest curls. These are super simple and can really dress up any basic cocktail. Just make sure when peeling not to cut to deeply in the plinth of the lemon which is overly bitter and will ruin your drink. 

CULINARY TIP:  Make your lemon curls first, then you cut your lemon to get the 2 Tbls of juice. Believe me it is so much easier to zest a full lemon. Plus citrus zests are very versatile, you can use them to flavor sugar, candy them as treat, add to potpourri, or even float them in a hot steamy bath.

Lavender Honey Sazarec

  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice, fresh
  • 3/4 cup Sparkling Water 
  • 1 1/2 oz Jack Daniels Honey
  • 1 tsp Lavender extract
  • 2 tbsp Honey

Mix all item above into a drink decanter, Shake with ice and garnish with:

  • 1/2 tsp Lavender Herbs to float on top or place into ice stick molds
  • 1 Lemon Zest Twist
 

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Drink Your Flowers? A Valentine’s Day Cocktail Concoction

Did you say, Drink your Flowers?

My Valentine’s Day Cocktail Concoctions Part 1, Rosewater Lemonade

Flowers aren’t just for bouquets anymore, try a fun floral based cocktail.

I have recently been drawn to revisit the idea of edible flowers and floral extracts to integrating into recipes for special occasions. As a small child I loved to drink lebanese Rosewater, and that passion has never left me. Imagine it, the mid 80’s in Atlanta, GA. My family, which aired a bit more on the progressive side, would journey regularly downtown Atlanta to the most amazing little Lebansese Restaurant called Nicola’s. The owner Nic, a dear friend to this day, would ply me up with one of my favorite drinks on the planet, rosewater. As he would deliver me the beautiful red goblet of sweet rosewater, he would say “a rose for my little rose” which as a small child would tickle me with great delight. Well I still frequent Nicola’s restaurant, and I still have my rosewater, because no body makes them quite like Nic.

Today I have decided to share a spin off recipe of the rosewater in the form of a rosewater lemonade cocktail. Keep in mind there are several ways to make your own rose syrup. You can purchase hydroponic food grade roses, which are grown only in water, no dirt, and are never sprayed with any type of pesticides. This type of rose petal can then be boiled and reduced down into a rose water extract. I actually did not go down this route, for sake of time. I was simply able to purchase this lovely Nielson Massey rose water extract from my local Sur La Table. 
Now as I mentioned above you can get food grade edible flowers, Gourmet Sweet Botanical offers some great ones. I have added them to water in a large block ice cube tray to create a stunning visual appeal. Let these set up over night for a show stopping addition to your cocktail. 

  • DESIGN TIP: You can do this process with lots of things besides flowers, to create pretty ice cubes. Try frozen strawberries for a festive Margarita on the rocks, or frozen lime slices for a retro Cuba Libre. 
    If you are not very skilled in bartending, or find yourself short on time, you can actually purchase ready made Rosewater Lemonade at your local World Market. I do find that if you use the premixes you may still wish to add splash more rose extract and lemon juice to give a fresh vibe. 

Rosewater Lemonade

  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice, fresh
  • 3/4 cup Sparkling water
  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 2 tbsp Rose water extract
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • Splash of Grenadine (for color)
  • Ice Cube
 

Be sure to check in later this week for part 2 of the Cocktail Concoction.

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The Lux Mini Bar Armoire

THE LUX MINI BAR AMOIRE

How to put a luxurious, rockstar mini bar in your very own bedroom. 

One of my favorite things about going on vacation is booking a super luxurious hotel room. You know the kind, with a super plush luxurious bed all made up with high thread count sheets, a fantastic bath suite full of fancy spa themed toiletries, and of course an off the chain mini bar.

Now everyone knows the mini bar is a complete rip off. I mean $12.00 for a bag of pretzels and $8.00 for Sprite, that is not the way to spend your hard earned cash on vacation. But we have all done it… yes, we have open up the illicit mini bar just to peer inside at all it’s tasty contents, only to slam it shut and think, oh my why did I even have to look. 

Well I believe in living a resort lifestyle so that every day in your own home feels like a mini vacation. In fact I love my house so much, the hubby has to take me to some pretty special places to even get me out of it. So I decided to adapted my old, antique Armoire into my very own mini bar. The armoire over the years has lost it’s usefulness, as we no longer use it to hide away the television and all our clothes go into the closet. Then it hit me, I know we will buy a mini fridge and put it inside to create a mini bar in our master bedroom…..GENIUS!!! So that is exactly what we did, and now we live like rockstars in our daily lives.

As you can see we purchased a mini refrigerator, you can pick one up for about a $100 at most local retailers, I think ours came from Walmart. I personally liked the ones that had a small freezer, so you can have ice for drinks, or store some ice cream snack bars.

DIY TIP: If your armoire does not already have cable holes in the back you may have to drill one out for the plug to pass through.

Then we added clear stackable acetate closet shelves bins for snack storage. We purchased them from The Container Store, the large bins were $19.99 and the small bins were $9.99. I added a cute linen bar topper, sparkly glassware and voila, your very own in room mini bar.

BEAUTY SECRET: I also like to utilize the mini bar to store some of my beauty products as well, like face masks, and cooling eye gels. Oh they feel so good when they are applied straight from the refrigerator cold, and it also really helps with eye puffiness too.

So save your self the trip down stairs for that late night snack of cookies and milk, or just hide all the really good snacks from the kids, either way it’s a win win. Everyone I have shown this too loves the idea, and can’t wait to add one to their home. 

This can also be a super cute idea for a guest room, as well, however your guests may decided they never want to leave.      

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