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Fruity + Flowery Summer Cocktails

Written by Terra's Kitchen | Thu, Jun 22, '17

Nothing helps beat the summer heat better than a refreshing cocktail. After you're done styling your "Bar Shelfie," pour a drink and get ready to relax poolside with these instagram-worthy drinks. If you could use a little escape (and let's face it, everyone can!) try adding edible flowers or banana flavor to feel like you're somewhere exotic like Costa Rica or Bali. Here are 3 fruity and flowery summer cocktails that we will be mixing all season long!

Edible Flower Ice Cubes

makes 12 extra large cubes

Recipe by Libbie Summers

Photo credit: Chia Chong 

What you need:

  • Distilled water, boiled and cooled
  • 2 extra large ice cube trays (we used silicone “bourbon” ice trays that make 6 cubes)
  • 12 edible flowers (Flowers that are grown to be eaten –no pesticides or other chemicals. We used nasturtiums, pansies and roses)
  • 6 small sprigs of thyme

What to do:

  1. Fill ice cube trays about 1/3 full with the distilled water and add a flower facing down.
  2. In 6 of the cubes also add a sprig of thyme with the flower.
  3. Freeze. Once frozen, fill 2/3 full with the distilled water.
  4. Freeze. Fill to the top with water and freeze again.

 

 

Honeysuckle Spritzer

makes 1

Recipe by Libbie Summers

Photo credit: Chia Chong 

 What you need:

  • 1 shot vodka
  • Long splash honeysuckle syrup, recipe to follow
  • Soda Water
  • Honeysuckle blossoms for garnish

 

What to do:

  1. Pack a tall glass with ice.
  2. Add honeysuckle syrup and vodka.
  3. Top off with soda water and stir.
  4. Garnish with honeysuckle blossoms and serve.

 

Honeysuckle Syrup

makes 2 cups

Recipe by Libbie Summers

What you need:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups honeysuckle blossoms (a few leaves are okay)

Photo credit: Chia Chong 

What to do:

  1. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add the sugar and 2 cups water and stir.
  2. Allow the mixture to cook (stirring occasionally) until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool just a bit (mixture will still be very warm).
  4. Stir in honeysuckle blossoms.
  5. Let sit at room temperature for 4 hours (minimum), or place in the refrigerator overnight (after the 4 hours at room temperature).
  6. Strain mixture to remove honeysuckle blossoms.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  8. Mixture will be good for 3 weeks to a month. 

 

 

Banana Hammock Cocktail

makes 1

Recipe by Libbie Summers

What you need:

  • 1 shot vodka
  • 1 shot banana liqueur
  • Seltzer water
  • 1 banana popsicle

What to do:

  1. Fill a tall glass halfway with ice.
  2. Add vodka and liqueur.
  3. Top with seltzer and stir.
  4. Drop in the banana pop and a straw!

 

 

For even more summer beverage inspiration, check out our recipe cards! Our meal kit meals come paired with wine and beer suggestions curated by our friend @grapefriend, so click below to browse our menu and find the perfect drink for your next meal delivery from Terra's Kitchen!