sliced orange

Pucker Up and Pollinate Your Cocktail Palate

In The Imbibery and Distillery by Christine McKellar

Pollen is polluting the senses this spring so you may as well get something out of it by polluting your palate with some vibrant floral-based cocktails.  Indulge in the essences of  Blood Orange, elderberry, roses and orchids. Who knows? Imbibing the sources of pollen may even boost your immunity!



Delft Blue

berries in bush 2 oz. genever

1 oz. crème de violette

/1/2 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur

1 oz. fresh lemon juice


Pour the liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake lightly, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with one or more violets.



Lavender Martini

sprig of lavendar1 oz. crème de violette

1 oz. gin

1 oz. vodka

1/4 oz. Domaine de Canton

1/4 oz. St. Germaine elderflower liqueur

1 dash Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters


Place all liquids into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, then pour into a martini glass. Garnish with lavender sprigs.


Rose Martini

two red roses1 1/2 oz. vodka

1 oz. white crème de cacao

1/4 oz. rose water

1 drop rose food color

Rose petals

Place the liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to chill. Pour into a martini glass and float with rose petals.



Blood Orange Bee’s Knees

sliced orange2 oz. gin

1 oz. blood orange juice

1/2 oz. lemon juice 1/2 oz. honey syrup (which is equal parts honey and warm water)

2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters


Place the liquid ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled glass and garnish with the orchid.