Lazy Days: Flower Syrup Spring Cocktails
We simply adore this time of year because, as of this weekend, we’re officially into bank holiday season with four approaching bank holidays to enjoy. As it’s also the start of Spring, we thought it the perfect time to combine these elements into some springtime cocktails courtesy of Pro Flowers. They’ve shared their fabulous floral recipes for simple syrups made with petals, and then turned them into delectable cocktails, ideal for some bank holiday jubilation! Sip and enjoy!
Simple Syrups - What you need
Water – The amount of water you’ll need will depend on how much simple syrup you’d like to make. This recipe calls for 1 cup.
Granulated Sugar – You’ll need to have at least 1 cup of sugar on hand to make your simple syrup.
Assorted Florals – You’ll be using flowers to infuse those flavors into your syrup. In this tutorial, we’ll be walking through rose, hibiscus and lavender flavoured syrups.
Saucepan – A medium-sized saucepan should do the trick.
Measuring Cups – Standard measuring cups will help you measure out both amounts of water and sugar.
Nonreactive Bowl – A nonreactive bowl will be used to infuse the florals into your syrup. Nonreactive items include glass, enamel or stainless steel.
Funnel – A funnel will make it easier for you to transfer your finished simple syrup from the saucepan into a decorative jar.
Decorative Jar – Select a decorative jar you’d like to display your simple syrup in, and make sure it’s at least 16 ozs.
Now that you have everything you need for making simple syrup, follow the step-by-step instructions below:
How to Make Simple Syrup
Makes 1 ½ Cups
Heat the water. Add 1 cup of water to a saucepan and heat over a medium-low flame.
Add 1 cup of sugar to the water. Stir the sugar into the water until it dissolves. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer and then remove it from the heat.
Pro Tip: For a thicker syrup, use a 2:1 ratio of sugar to water
Add the flower you’ll be using for infusion to a nonreactive bowl and pour hot syrup over the top. Let the mixture sit for at least 30 minutes. You’ll find specific measurements for each flower below.
Tulip Syrup: Use 1 cup of tulip petals.
Rose Syrup: Use 2 cups of rose petals.
Carnation Syrup: Use 1 cup of carnation petals.
Lavender Syrup: Use 3 tablespoons of lavender buds.
Orchid Syrup: Use 1 ½ cups orchid petals.
Pansy Syrup: Use 1 cup of pansy petals.
Let the syrup cool down. After the syrup has cooled, strain the flower petals out of the mixture. Then, use a funnel to transfer it into a decorative jar.
Add to your favourite beverage and enjoy! Browse through the floral cocktails below to find something that suits you.
Pro Tip: Your simple syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 months
Spring Cocktail Recipes Perfect for Your Simple Syrup
Once you’ve made your floral syrup of choice, how about mixing it into one of these scrumptious cocktail recipes (or try all of them) to impress your friends this bank holiday season.
With thanks to Pro Flowers for sharing their delicious recipes with us.