This weekend my sister and I were asked to come up with a signature cocktail for my cousin's wedding shower. She came up with a concept, the B&B (for Berry &Basil or the bride and groom, Britt and Brooks), and I figured out the recipe. It's one of my new favorites and perfect for a summer drink in a garden!!
If you want to skip the alcohol, follow the recipe without liquor and make a tasty berry basil lemonade!
Berry Basil Bliss
1 cup lemonade
3 strawberries + 1 for garnish
3 fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh is best)
1.5 oz gin
1/2 oz grand marnier or orange liqueur
1. Destem berries and place in shaker with basil leaves
2. Muddle berries and basil
3. Add remaining ingredients and shake it!
4. Strain, garnish, cheers ❤️
congrats you two!❤️
What you need:
Iglu floral foam and holder that fits easily in lantern (wet foam like oasis)
Floral preservative (optional)
Assortment of flowers (here I used white and magenta stock, white daisies, a magenta gerbera daisy, statice, and a couple pink roses)
Assortment of greens
If you know a mom who's more like mine (prefers Prince and a good craft cocktail to plants), try making her a Purple Rain this week. I've been wanting to play with cocktail making for a while and used this DIY Mother's Day Week as my excuse to have a night of at-home bartending with Mom. I'm sharing recipes for lavender bitters and lavender honey simple syrup, ingredients that will take you a long way in lavender cocktail adventures. Want something a little more mellow? Mixed with lemon juice and water, the simple syrup will make a tasty lavender lemonade.
Lavender Honey Simple Syrup
Combine 2 parts dried lavender, 3 parts honey, and 3 parts hot water in a dish or bowl. Let seep for 30 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth or fine strainer.
With this simple syrup, you're all set to make a Purple Rain. Get the recipe here.
(Adapted from The Domestic Mixologist)
Mix all ingredients in your jar and seal and let steep for 2 weeks, and shake several times to remix. After 2 weeks, strain lavender bitters through cheesecloth or fine strainer. Store bitters in a jar or glass bottle with dropper (ideal for bitters).
*Since I wanted to make bitters and cocktails the same night, I used a sous-vide water oven. For the sous-vide method, place all ingredients in a ziplock bag. Give a sous-vide water bath at 140F for 1 hour. Let cool and store in a jar or glass bottle with dropper.
There are tons of ways to use these flowery bitters in craft cocktails. One new favorite is the Lavender Honey Sidecar.