Dress Up Your Drink 4

These Beautiful Beverages are Sure to Turn Heads

Bold colors. Fresh florals. An eye-catching shimmer. The perfect embellishment. We’re talking cocktails, not the catwalk. But like fashion, the art of mixology is full of ways to push the limits with creative twists on classic recipes and unique adornments guaranteed to turn heads. There’s no reason your personal style can’t extend to the drink in your hand. These options are bound to taste as delicious as they look.

 

BLUE MARTINI WITH FLORAL ICE CUBES

Ingredients

+ 2 ounces Absolut Citron

+ 1/2 ounce Blue Curaçao

+ 1/2 ounce lemonade

+ 1 ounce Sprite 

+ Edible flowers such as rose, lavender, hibiscus and nasturtiums

 

Directions

Pour Sprite into ice cube trays and add edible flower combinations. Let freeze overnight. Combine Absolut Citron, Blue Curaçao, lemonade and ice cubes in martini shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Allow ice cubes to melt, gradually filling the glass with Sprite and garnishing the drink with beautiful botanicals. 

 

FIG + THYME SPARKLING LEMONADE

Ingredients

Thyme simple syrup

     + 1/2 cup sugar

     + 1/2 cup water

     + 1 bunch thyme

2 fresh figs

3/4 ounce lemon juice

3/4 ounce thyme syrup

3/4 ounce Sprite

 

Directions

In a small saucepan, simmer sugar, water and thyme leaves over low heat for 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let the thyme infuse into the syrup for at least 10 minutes. For the cocktail, muddle figs and lemon juice in the bottom of a glass. Add ice, 3/4 of the thyme syrup and Sprite. Stir and garnish with fig and a sprig of thyme.

 

SHIMMERING PURPLE KISS

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces premium vodka

1 ounce lemon juice 

2 ounces purple shimmery liqueur

+ Blackberry vodka

+ Moscato wine

+ Luster petal dust

+ Sugar syrup (optional)

 

Directions

Combine blackberry vodka, moscato wine and pinch of luster petal dust to make purple shimmery liqueur. Adjust proportions depending on flavor preferences. Add sugar syrup to make it sweeter if desired. Pour vodka, shimmery liqueur and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and pour into glass over ice. 

 

PASSION FRUIT FAUX-JITO

Ingredients

+ 2 tablespoons passion fruit

+ 6-8 mint leaves, chopped, plus 2-3 small sprigs

+ 2 teaspoons sugar

+ 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed

+ 1 ounce club soda

 

Directions

Muddle passion fruit, mint leaves, sugar and lime juice in bottom of glass. Fill with crushed ice. Finish with club soda and stir. Garnish with slice of passion fruit, pineapple and mint sprigs.