Drink Your Flowers
Austin mixologists are putting the petal to the mezcal
By Brandon Watson,
9:15AM, Thu. Nov. 19, 2015
This week's feature traces the resurgence of edible flowers on Austin's menus, but local chefs aren't the only ones coming up roses. Barmasters all over town are playing with potable flowers, either as creative garnishes or intrinsic parts of the drinks themselves. Here are some of our favorites.
The new hotspot had made relationships with local farmers part of their business model. For this shrub sans shrug, they use Agua Dulce Farm's flowering shiso for a zero-proof cocktail that still has us feeling flushed.
When the Roosevelt Room makes a Paloma, they don't just splash some tequila and grapefruit juice in a highball. They give it a little nuance with cinnamon syrup, vanilla, and a splash of rose water. Then they top off with a rose petal in case that wasn't enough seduction.
Ok, fine. The orchid resting on King Bee's cocktail isn't made to be eaten (though it wouldn't hurt you). But we are including it anyway because the balanced mix of gin, honey, and lemon is made even more delightful when it's frozen. Order it with a "sting" of Ancho Reyes.
King Bee isn't the only one buzzing around orchids. Chauncy James' tiki-inspired cocktail uses the flower to crown Islay gin and "Jasper" (a house-made syrup of sugar, lime, nutmeg, and bitters).
Much like the discography of Bret Michaels, Every Rosé Has Its Thorn is all about romance. Topped with rotating edible flowers, it's perfect for an anniversary toast. And if your cowboy is singing a sad, sad song, it's a much better way to say I'm sorry than going to the drugstore.
Lime, sugar, and gin. It seems simple enough. But the folks at one of our favorite hideaway watering holes add 28 dashes of bitters to give it some heft. The natural garnish? A single, dazzling pansy.
This breathtaking drink has an herbal punch. Lemon juice, honey, grapefruit juice, and green Chartreuse combine with Aylesbury Duck vodka set the mood, then orange blossom and edible buds enliven the secret garden.
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