Everyone enjoys a drink or two on a special occasion in order to toast a loved one or celebrate an achievement. With the same selections of wines, beers and spirits on the supermarket shelves, you may be searching for something a little different for this year’s important occasions. At Interflora, we’ve decided to combine our interest in favourite tipples across the globe with our love for flowers and hereby present our top ten guide to the most unusual drinks –
all of which are made primarily from flowers!
Chrysanthemums are used often in China and are reported to have beneficial effects on the drinker, including reliving sore throats, treating eye problems, improving liver functions and reducing fevers. It is also used as a way to relax and relive stress, with these delicate flowers steeped in hot water, strained and drunk as a warm tea.
Chartreuse is a French liqueur that was originally made by Carthusian Monks in the 1740s. Named after the monastery it was created in, this sweet alcoholic drink comes in two colours; yellow and green. It is made from distilled alcohol which is infused with more than 130 herbal and flower extracts including Alpine herbs, orange peel, hyssop and peppermint.
Crème de Violette
Crème de Violette is a rare French liqueur that is made from violets. Dating back to the early 19th century, this sweet and floral drink is now difficult to obtain and is now primarily used in cocktails, specifically the ‘Aviation’ which includes dry gin, fresh lemon juice, maraschino liqueur and of course, crème de violette.
Rose vodka became popular towards the end of the 19th century and has continued to be a favourite drink in cocktail bars across the world. Made using rose petals distilled in pure alcohol, this drink has a sweet, slightly floral taste which many have described as similar to Turkish Delight.
Hibiscus Champagne is made using the Wild Hibiscus flower and is just one of the many drinks that have been created using this beautiful bloom. Many countries drink tea, both hot and cold, made from infusing water with the flower. Hibiscus Champagne is one of the luxurious ways to sample this sweet treat.
St Germain is a French liqueur that was first made in the late 19th century, using elderflower berries to create a sweet, refreshing drink that is often mixed with sparkling white wine. Said to contain hints of other flavours such as peach, orange, grapefruit, pear and lychee, this is a drink for those who enjoy something a little different.
Made in South Asia and South East Asia, Arrack is a coconut-based drink that is made in a variety of different ways. For us, the Philippine method got us interested as their Arrack is made from unopened coconut flowers. Known locally as ‘Lambanog’, this drink is extremely strong, with some varieties distilled at 80 to 90 proof. This type pictured here is Batavia-Arrack, made in Indonesia and is made from sugar cane and red rice.
Dugyeonju is a wine made from azalea petals that is made in the Chungcheong Province of Korea. It is sweet, viscous, and has a light yellow/brown colour to it. Flower wines are very popular in Korea and you can also find varieties made from chrysanthemums (gukhwaju), peach blossoms (dohwaju) and honeysuckle (indongju).
Absinthe has gained quite a reputation, thanks to movies like Moulin Rouge. Created using the flowers and leaves of the herb Artemisia absinthium, also known as ‘grande wormwood’, this highly alcoholic, often bright-green drink, also includes sweet fennel and aniseed. Although reports of its hallucinogenic properties are said to be exaggerated, this famous French liqueur is still popular for its apparent ‘mind-opening’ effects and was often favoured by artists and painters.
Cantueso is a Spanish drink that is made from the distillation of the thyme plant, thymus moroderi. Taking more than two years to age to the correct flavour, this liquor includes around 100 grams of sugar per litre which gives it a distinctive sweet taste and dark brown colour.
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