In honour of spring’s first unfurling blooms, we’re serving up a month’s worth of tasty floral aperitifs! This week’s tipple is a fizzy martini, garnished with bachelor’s button – a sweet edible flower, used to add bursts of colour to culinary presentations – and a sprinkling of carnation petals. Enjoy shaken, not stirred.
For the simple syrup
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup bachelor’s button petals
For the cocktail
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 1/2 ounces Lillet Blanc
- 1/4 ounce bachelor’s button simple syrup
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1 egg white
- Bachelor’s button and carnation petals, for garnish
How it’s made
- To make the syrup, combine the sugar, water and bachelor’s button petals in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Simmer until sugar has dissolved, then lower heat.
- Cook another 10-15 minutes to allow petals to steep; let cool and strain.
- After the syrup has cooled, add all cocktail ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
- Shake vigorously for 30 seconds or until very foamy.
- Strain into glassesand garnish with carnation and bachelor’s button petals.
Fancy another floral tipple? Why not try our marigold cocktail…