August 24, 2021 4 min read
Welcome to a flavorful exploration, where we’ll learn howto make various simple syrups, botanical infusions, and experiment with different flavors to build unique and tasty beverages. The Botanical Mixology and Mocktail Making Kit comes with four recipes to get you started on the basics allowing you to mix up the flavors to create custom mixology concoctions.
The kit includes botanical ingredients like lavender, color changing blue butterfly pea flower, juniper berries, dried orange peel, star anise, cardamom pods gentian root, and many other unique flavorful ingredients.
Learn to make lavender simple syrup, color changing blue butterfly pea flower syrup, an infused gin recipe, and a cocktail bitters recipe. Add those into beverages of your choice - alcoholic or nonalcoholic - to enhance your mixology craft.
We have included glass bottles in the kit to showcase your homemade concoctions. Use the two 5 oz woozy bottles with black caps to store the homemade simple syrups. The small bottle with a dropper is for bitters, and the square glass bottle for the gin infusion. Thoroughly wash and sanitize all the bottles before you start. Design your own stickers to label the bottles for your custom creations. The exact measurements of the ingredients and simple syrup recipes and more drink recipes can be found in the mixology kit.
Botanical Infused Gin
You make gin by infusing vodka with juniper and botanicals. Create a drink that tastes like the rustic forest but made at home. The vodka is a neutral spirit that infuses with juniper and botanicals to create a homemade gin flavored liquor. In the 1920’s American prohibition era ‘Bathtub Gin’ was often strong spirits infused with botanicals similar to those included in this kit. If you don’t want to make an alcohol infusion, you can also use these flavors to make a mocktail by steeping the ingredients in a simple syrup instead.
Add dried botanicals and spices into the glass bottle. Juniper is the most important ingredient to add to give it a true gin flavor. Pour the vodka in the bottle and secure the cork. The more time it sits the more intense the flavors will be, and the darker the liquid will become. We suggest around 7 days. If you want blue colored gin, add a few butterfly pea flowers into the bottle. Strain it and pour back into the bottle. Gin purists prefer clearer gin. To have a gentle infusion with a clearer color, pour vodka over the botanicals using a coffee filter or the included strainer. Use more juniper berries using this method. Enjoy with a gin and tonic, or other cocktails of your creation!
Classic Orange Cocktail Bitters
Cocktail bitters are a mixologist’s secret weapon. A few dashes or drops of bitters into a cocktail enhances and elevates the flavor profile. The gentian root is the essential ingredient for the bitter flavor, all the other botanicals add to the aromatic bouquet of flavor, but you can experiment with whatever ingredients you want, or separate the spices and steep one at a time and combine them forthe finished product. This will taste like Angostura Bitters, the leading brand for aromatic bitters. For the best flavor expression, you will need 100 proof liquor, or at least 50 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), however you can also substitute vodka. This recipe is for a classic orange bitters.
We recommend crushing the spices to release the oils to bring out the flavors. You can crush them with a mortar and pestle or with the bottom of a heavy glass on a cutting board. Add the spices into a small jar, pour the liquor over it and secure the lid. Shake it to mix the flavors, and let it steep for 4-10 days. Strain it and pour it into the small bottle with a funnel.
Flavored Simple Syrup
Simple Syrup is a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part sugar. It can be flavored by infusing with lavender or butterfly pea flower like we included in this kit. Other flavors of syrup can be made by infusing with ginger, vanilla, peppermint or coffee. It is a very basic technique to add a sweet flavor to any beverage like spirits, coffee, tea, lemonade, Italian soda, champagne or a cocktail mixer.
Blue butterfly pea flower simple syrup changes to purple and pink when mixed with an acidic ph beverage such as lemon juice or alcohol. There are many ways to use this color changing syrup. You can add it to lemonade, layer it in a cocktail, add it to crushed ice to make a slushy, the possibilities are infinite. Experiment with your own unique flavors and beverage combinations. It has a very mild taste and can be infused with lavender or other dried herbs and botanicals to enhance the floral flavor. You can also make color changing ice by making blue butterfly pea flower tea, let it cool, and freeze in an ice tray for melty magic.
Lavender Champagne Cocktail
5 oz Champagne or sparkling white wine
1 Tsp of lavender simple syrup
3-4 Drops of bitters
Lemon peel for garnish
In a Champagne flute add lavender simple syrup and bitters. Slowly fill glass with champagne. Gently crush the lemon peel over the glass to release oils and drop in for garnish.
Color Changing Blue Sparkling Lemonade
1 Tbsp blue flower syrup
Juice of 1 lemon or 2 limes
4 oz of club soda (optional- 1/2 oz of gin)
Add citrus juice in a large glass with ice, add club soda and optional gin. Slowly pour the blue flower syrup on top and watch the drink change colors from blue to purple. Add a slice of lemon for a garnish.
Rum Tiki Old Fashioned
2 oz Aged rum
1/4 oz Pineapple rum
1 Tsp lavender syrup 4 Drops of bitters
Pineapple wedge for garnish
Combine rum, syrup and bitters in a glass with ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain out the ice. Serve with ice and garnish with pineapple wedge.
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