The Enchanted Garden

The Enchanted Garden

Energies: Beauty, Love, Youth, Joy, Peace

April showers bring may flowers, and with the bounty of the garden, why not enjoy all that is blossoming in a glass? A rose liqueur and vodka cocktail, with the addition of cucumbers, basil, and honey for extra beauty, youth, and peaceful energies, this floral, light and crisp concoction is an elegant addition to your spring and Beltane cocktail lineup. 

For this cocktail, I use Ving Vodka’s Organic Kale, Lemon, and Cucumber vodka. Beyond the fact this woman-owned company is extremely transparent about their ingredients, the fresh and crisp quality of this vodka makes it taste like a drink all on its own! It’s definitely going to be my go-to from vodka spritzers this summer.

I also highly recommend you take a look at the nonalcoholic variation of this concoction – it’s like an entirely different drink of its own!

The Enchanted Garden

A crisp, light, and floral concoction to celebrate the Spring flowers! With cucumber, basil, rose liqueur, and honey, this vodka concoction is inspired by the youthful, elegant, beauty of Spring.

Ingredients
  

  • 2 thin slices cucumber
  • 2 leaves basil
  • 1/2 ounce honey syrup (1:1 ratio honey to water)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4-1/3 ounce rose liqueur
  • 1.5 ounces Ving Organic Kale, Lemon & Cucumber Vodka

Instructions
 

  • In the bottom of a shaker, add cucumber, basil, and honey syrup. Muddle these together, then add in lemon, rose liqueur, vodka, and ice. Shake and strain into a coupe or martini galss. Garnish with a rose petal and cucumber sliver.

Notes

Optional Add-ons: 
You may always want to try this concoction with some lavender bitters, and/or a 1/4 ounce add of triple sec. Add slowly, to taste, in case you may not like it!

Beltane Beauty

Nonalcoholic Variation

Using a rose petal and chamomile ice tea, refreshing apple slice, and soothing vanilla simple syrup, this nonalcoholic variation is almost a completely different expression of the flavors The Enchanted Garden. This drink has many garden-inspired ingredients, so I recommend this for those who don’t mind more herbaceous or layered concoctions.

Beltane Beauty

A floral iced tea, with rose, cucumber, lemon, and vanilla simple syrup.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp dried rose petals
  • 1/8 tbsp dried chamomile
  • 1/2-1 cup hot water
  • 1 slice red apple
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • 1/2 ounce vanilla simple syrup (see instructions below if needed)
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Set hot water to boil. Place dried rose petals and chamomile in a jar or mug, and pour boiling water over. Let steep and cool. In the bottom of a tall glass, add apple, cucumber, and vanilla simple syrup. Muddle together, then add ice. Measure out 1.5 ounces of the rose & chamomile tea once cooled, and pour into glass. Add in lemon juice and stir. Garnish with a cucumber sliver!

Notes

Other additions to consider: Lavender, mint, perhaps soda water
If you’d like to make this concoction alcoholic, add 1 ounce Ving Organic Kale, Lemon, & Cucumber Vodka. You may also consider adding 1/8-1/4 ounce triple sec or so. But add to taste very slowly – you don’t want to have too many flavors happening.
To make vanilla simple syrup, measure out equal parts sugar and water – perhaps 1/2 cup each. Heat water, and pour over a quarter inch slice of vanilla bean and let steep. After 5 minutes, add in sugar, stir, and cool. 

Ingredient Alignment

Apple (Venus, Water) – Love, Healing, Longevity, Fertility, Wisdom, Magic

Basil (Mars, Pluto, Venus, Fire) – Love/Affection, Protection, Divination, Mental Clarity, Decision Making, Banishing Negative Energy

Chamomile – (sun, water Air) – Money, sleep, love, purification, communication

Cucumber (Moon, Water) – Beauty, Peace, Healing, Youth

Honey (Sun) – Purification, Health, Love, Sex, Happiness, Spirituality, Wisdom, Weight Loss

Lemon (Moon, Water) – Creativity, Fidelity, Friendship, Happiness, Joy, Longevity, Love, Purification

Rose (Venus, Water) – Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Love, Divination, Luck, Protection

Vanilla (Venus, Water) – Love, Sexuality, Energy, Mind, Peace, Money

Works Cited

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