The secret meaning of flowers, and our favourite flower-infused cocktails!

It is time for our September Prosecco Cocktail of the month! Yes, summer might already feel like a distant memory, but there’s still time to stop and smell the roses—and then mix them into our drinks.

Here at Princess P., we love to not only offer flowers to our loved ones, but most importantly we enjoy using them to make some seriously sweet and colourful cocktails! Or Mock-itails, after all a little bit of theatre and fancy should not be reserved to just alcoholic drinks!

Many cocktail recipes have long included flowers, either through floral liqueurs and infusions, or by garnishing with flowers you can eat. That’s right: many flowers, from roses to orchids, can be eaten, and tend to have a lightly sweet flavour to complement their gentle beauty. Flowers are an easy, flavourful way to feel a whole lot fancier. Why don’t you give it a try?

Did you know that flowers have different meanings, symbolisms, and are regularly used to express sentiments? The Victorian language of flowers was used to express emotions: honeysuckle for devotion, azaleas for passion, and red roses for love. The language of flowers, sometimes called floriography, is a means of communication through the use or arrangement of flowers. Meaning has been attributed to flowers for thousands of years, and some form of floriography has been practiced in traditional cultures throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

We’re talking you through our favourite one below, which are sure to impress your guests! We hope you discover your new favourite!

Pansy

The pansy flower is a beautiful little flower well-loved for its charm, versatility and adding gorgeous colours to the garden.

This delicate flower symbolises the love or admiration of one person for another. The name “pansy” is derived from the French word pensée, “thought”, and was imported into Late Middle English as a name of Viola in the mid-15th century, as the flower was regarded as a symbol of remembrance. This delicious and colourful cocktail it feels you can get away with dessert before the main meal has actually started!!

Blackcurrant Sparkler

1/2 oz. Camparis

1/2 oz. gin

1 tbs. blackcurrant preserves

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. White crème de cacao liqueur

Princess P. Prosecco

Pansy petals

Directions:
place the ingredients, except the Prosecco and pansy, into a mixing glass with ice. Stir and then strain the mixture into a glass, and top with Prosecco. Garnish with the pansy.

Tried this recipe? Why not send us a photo on Instagram @simplyprincess.p or Twitter @simplyprincessp and you could be in with a little surprise gift in the post! Cheers!

Lavender

While purple is the colour of royalty, and pink the colour of youth, lavender is femininity all grown up. It represents refinement, grace, and elegance.

Lavender holds a sacred place in nature, and with its violet flowers is often considered the most delicate and precious. Soothing lavender can be used to make a drink that is as beautiful as it is relaxing, check out our recipe below!

In the Victorian era, small floral bouquets, known as “talking bouquets”, were gifted as tokens of love, as a way to express feelings that could not be spoken in public. So indeed the original flower of love was the Lavender.

We simply love pairing Lavender with the crisp scent of mint and the spicy taste of Ginger.

Lavender Martini

1 oz. Crème de violette

1 oz. gin

1 oz. vodka

1/4 oz. Ginger liqueur

1/4 oz. Elderflower liqueur

Lavender sprigs

 

Directions:

Place all liquids into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 30 seconds and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with lavender sprigs.

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