botanical inspired cocktail recipes
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Botanical cocktails

by Caroline Rowland
Posted in How To on 6th June 2016

We are finally seeing some glorious summery weather here in the UK, so it's the perfect excuse to get out your cocktail shaker and mix up some refreshing beverages right?! Floral Designer Jay Archer has shared with us two botanical inspired drinks that are ideal for a garden party or to simply sip while you sunbathe! Over to you Jay!

British flowers are so versatile that as well as filling the house with scent, they can be used in cooking and even cocktails!

To celebrate the 4th annual British Flowers Week, Jay has teamed up with Winchester-based mixologists and food and drink event organisers, Cabinet Rooms, to create some delicious botanical cocktails.

The drinks are inspired by flowers and herbs grown close to her workshop and flower school in rural Hampshire.

Alresford Collins cocktail recipe

The Alresford Collins uses lavender from Long Barn and Twisted Nose Gin, a craft gin distilled in Winchester for a refreshing summer tipple. You can make your own lavender syrup simply by boiling a small bunch with water and adding sugar and honey.

Alresford Collins

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25ml Lavender and Grapefruit Syrup 50ml

Twisted Nose Gin

Topped up with soda water

Garnished with a sprig of English lavender and black peppercorns

Serve over ice in a lovely glass like the One World Trading Co. Weston pressed tumbler with bee designWe all know how much bees love lavender!

Alresford Collins © Cabinet Rooms

Winchester Rose edited_2000

The Winchester Rose is made from, yes you guessed it, roses grown in Winchester. Perfect for a coupe glass or we love One World Trading Co.’s delicate white wine glass.

Winchester Rose

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10ml Pama pomegranate liqueur

20ml Rose Syrup

40ml Hendrick’s Gin

Shake with ice then double-strain into a chilled coupe

Garnish with English rose petals

Optional – for a luxe look, add a few flecks of gold leaf

Winchester Rose © Cabinet Rooms

If this has whet your appetite, then why not sample the heady mix of British botanicals and delicious cocktails during British Flowers Week 13th-19th June at Some Enchanted Evening: A Celebration of British Flowers and Midsummer Cocktails.

On Wednesday, June 15th (6:30pm-8:30pm) Jay will be turning River Cottage Canteen in Winchester into a midsummer garden.

Underneath a canopy of foliage and wild flowers, guests can escape the city, sip botanical cocktails at moss covered tables, and learn more about British flowers (plus other surprises!) at this special tasting event.

Tickets cost £30.00. For more information & to book, visit Eventbrite, or email:

Thank you Jay for sharing these amazing recipes with us, and or the tip off about this wonderful event! Find out more about Jay and her floral work at:

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