Floral-infused spirits have definitely caught our attention as of late and this vodka flower spritz highlights one of our creations. We call it the Begonia Breeze but it’s essentially a vodka spritz using a flower (begonia) infused vodka and a few other fun ingredients. One of which is a 2-1 honey blood orange simple syrup meaning it’s a little thicker and richer to balance out the floral notes in the vodka flower spritz. More information on that is below. And then there is glitter tea, which is essentially hibiscus tea with added purple edible glitter to give it a fun pop!
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To make honey blood orange simple syrup, start by combining equal parts honey and water in a saucepan over medium heat. If you want a richer syrup, consider doing a two to one honey to water ratio or one cup of honey to one cup of sugar to one cup of water. Add in the zest of blood oranges, ensuring to avoid the bitter white pith. Stir the mixture gently to incorporate the citrus zest. Add two tablespoons of freshly squeezed blood orange juice. Allow the mixture to simmer for about five to seven minutes. letting the flavors mix and the syrup thicken slightly.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature. Strain the syrup to remove any citrus zest and pulp, transferring the liquid into a clean, airtight container. Store the syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks for optimal freshness.
In a cocktail shaker combine Una Flower Vodka, lemon juice, honey blood orange simple syrup, and ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a large wine glass filled with ice. First top with soda water, then your glitter tea. Garnish with a flower. Cin Cin!
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Glitter tea is a fun creation we came up with to give this cocktail a vibrant purple float on top of the light pink drink. If you looking to impress and add a touch of fun then you want to be sure to add this in to your vodka flower spritz. Luckily enough it’s really easy. All you have to do is brew a cup of hibiscus tea. Let cool to room temperature. Add in about a teaspoon of edible glitter (we like purple for this drink and got it off Amazon) and mix it up with a fork or frother. Then just pour on top to give it that fun and shiny floater.
We used a clear ice maker called True Cube which makes exceptionally clear ice cubes. It is super easy to use and makes rather large cubes which is fun because you can mold it down from there. In order to make flower ice cubes, you have to rig the clear ice molds so that the edible flowers stay close to the center of the cube. We used a combination of tape and toothpick to make this happen (which was a total pain in the butt) but if you want to make it easy, just let the flowers float to the top and it will still look really solid in this flower vodka spritz.
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