“Meadowsweet is ridiculously delicious in a syrup, and its almond and honey notes come to the fore in this cocktail. The blossom appears at the height of summer, so this tastes of summer nights to me. The oranges in the Grand Marnier and the sweet, nutty, spicy, vanilla, and floral notes of an oak-barrel-aged brandy as fine as cognac are a perfect marriage with the meadowsweet,” says Lottie Muir – gardener by day and botanical cocktail mixologist by night.
45 ml cognac
10 ml Grand Marnier
15 ml Meadowsweet Syrup
20 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
Dash of orange bitters
Small sprig of meadowsweet blossom, to garnish
Chill a martini glass thoroughly in the freezer or refrigerator for two or four hours respectively. Alternatively, fill the glass with ice.
Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker two-thirds of the way up with ice. Cover and shake hard for 20 seconds. If you used ice to chill your glass, empty it out. Strain the contents of the shaker into the chilled glass. Garnish with a small sprig of meadowsweet blossom.
Floral Cocktails by Lottie Muir, published by Ryland Peters & Small (£7.99) Photography by Kim Lightbody © Ryland Peters & Small.