When we were at the Slow Flowers Summit at Filoli in late June, I stopped into the gift shop. It is after all, one of my favorite things to do after strolling through a beautiful botanic garden. I purchased some items for my kids and my parents and then found this pretty book flower cocktail book called Floral Libations: The author is Cassie Winslow and the photographer is Doan Ly.
Since it is the start of summer and I can’t resist a well-photographed book on flowers, I bought it! This week I finally had time to try out some of the recipes and learned the trick to making ice cubes with flowers inside (so they don’t float to the top!). I shared some of that knowledge in this week’s Flower Arranging Friday class where I also showed how to make a fun “margarita-inspired” floral design in an oversized martini vase!
One of the 41 recipes in the Floral LIbations book. Credit: Floral Libations
There are cocktail and mocktail recipes in the book. Many involved making a simple syrup that is infused with flower petals. You can purchase fresh flowers that are safe to eat from a company called Gourmet Sweet Botanicals. You can also buy pre-mixed syrups that are infused with flowers from a company called The Floral Elixir Company. After I made my ice cubes, I added a short cut flower cocktail called Secco Imperial, a sparkling white wine made with Lotus flower from Casa Luigi, a wine company in Italy.
The author of the book instructs readers on the right way to make ice cubes filled with flowers. It is a 3‑step process! Photo by Kit Wertz
Inspired by the book and the flower cocktails, I made a floral design in a fun martini-shaped vase that we’ve used for past PTA fundraisers for Casey’s school district. I show you how to get around the awkward shape and design “on top” of the vase.
We have a large set of these fun giant martini vases. Case added some “olives” for giggles. Photo by Kit Wertz
Students from all over the world can join our Flower Arranging Friday classes or sign up for our newsletter to learn how to design “cocktail” inspired flowers! Whether you are actually designing a flower cocktail you can drink or flowers for the cocktail hour of a special event, Casey and Kit have a class for you.
On July 23, 2021, our weekly online class was called “Cocktails with Flowers” and Kit covered the flowers that are edible, where to buy them, how to make her favorite floral cocktail (not in the book!) and how to design a gorgeous floral design in the giant martini vase, too!!!! This classes are so sophisticated and affordable.
So…sign up for summer floral inspiration and have fun with friends making floral drinks for everyone!
Kit made this giant martini vase design for Flower Arranging Friday subscribers. Photo by Flower Duet