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Cocktails in Full Bloom

Floral liqueurs bring fragrant flavor to four classic libations.
April/May 2020 Issue
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Originally developed for their medicinal qualities, floral-infused spirits date back to the middle ages. in a search for ways to alleviate pain or cure ailments, apothecaries infused alcohol with herbs, spices, and flowers. It didn’t take long for people to catch on that not
only did these drinks leave them feeling good, but they also tasted pretty amazing, too.

Today, there are loads of options if you’re looking for something outside the standard vodka, gin, or fruit-juice mixer. Incorporating these liqueurs can deliver a fresh take on a classic cocktail. The recipes here are all inspired by a traditional drink. With the infusion of a
floral element, though, they become thoroughly modern. See what happens when you switch the grenadine in a Pink Lady with the subtle perfume of crème de violette. Or try a new spin on the cosmopolitan by subbing hibiscus liqueur for the more familiar cranberry juice. Though it’s true that April showers bring May flowers, why wait? You can enjoy the beautiful fragrances and flavors of flowers in a floral cocktail any time you like.

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