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How to craft enticing culinary cocktails

11 July, 2024
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“Flowers have a natural color, an acidity, a bitterness, and a natural sweetness,” explains Verzeroli. “The techniques you apply to extract the flavors and color of a floral element are almost endless,” he says, adding to his list to highlight a sugar or salt-based composition, a maceration, homemade bitters, a floral liqueur, a mist, a sugared petal, or arranging petals in an ice cube.

The decision on how to incorporate a flower into a cocktail is decided by its variety, as “each flower requires a different approach, care and treatment,” says Verzeroli, who’s currently using chamomile and lavender syrup in two alcohol-free cocktails at their Bar Bastion. Le Jardinier is revered for menus that celebrate and respect the rhythm of nature, so using different flowers that are in peak season at different times allows the bartender to highlight each at the peak of its maturity. He also appreciates working with hibiscus, orange blossom, daisy, nasturtium and rose (the darker the rose, the stronger the taste).

Whether experimenting with sweet or savory, remember that the most important component is to match the cocktail’s taste and profile, advises Verzeroli. “Use ingredients with subtlety and with the intention to bring an extra freshness, sweetness or texture.”

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