How To Make Botanical Cocktails

Here are two very tasty botanical cocktail recipes using flowers that you can easily grow in your garden. The recipes were created by Hampshire florist Jay Archer and food and drink organisers, the Cabinet Room.

How To Make Botanical Cocktails

by Angela Kenny |
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How To Make Botanical Cocktails

Alresford Collins (25ml)

Fresh lemon juice

25ml Lavender and Grapefruit Syrup

50ml Twisted Nose Gin

Topped up with soda water

Garnished with a sprig of English lavender and black peppercorns

Served over ice in a Collins glass/highball

How to make your own lavender syrup:

Bring water and English lavender to a boil in a saucepan.

Add sugar and honey and stir constantly until sugar is completely dissolved.

Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat, allow to cool, strain and bottle.

Refrigerate. It will keep for about 1 week.

How To Make Botanical Cocktails

Mint Meadow

20ml fresh lemon juice

20ml St. Germain elderflower liquor

50ml Vodka Citron

10ml Elderflower cordial

4 mint leaves

3 drops of grapefruit bitters

Shake with ice

Served over ice in a coupe

Garnish with a sprig of mint

June is prime elderflower season so get out and about and you’ll be able to forage

some of your own to make a refreshing cordial. Elder is found everywhere but

particularly in hedges, borders, lanes, roads, footpaths and the edges of woodland

and waste ground.

Alresford Collins © Cabinet Rooms 2016

How to make elderflower cordial:


30 elderflower heads

1.7litres/3 pints boiling water

900g/2lb caster sugar

50g/2oz citric acid (available from chemists)

3 unwaxed lemons, sliced

2 unwaxed oranges, sliced

a piece of muslin


Gently rinse the elderflowers to remove dirt.

Place the sugar in a very large mixing bowl and pour in the boiling water. Stir

well and leave to cool.

Add the citric acid, orange and lemon slices, and the flowers.

Leave in a cool place for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.

Strain through a piece of muslin and transfer to sterilised bottles.

Mint Meadow © Cabinet Rooms 2016****,

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