In the Middle Ages, the art of infusing alcohol with herbaceous elements was prized for both the flavor and the healing properties these cordial waters instilled. These days, mixing flowers with liquor is having a renaissance. With this trend as our inspiration, we’ve picked the following array of gift ideas.
Whether spritzed or sipped neat, get a taste of The Golden State with this bittersweet blend of California poppy, dandelion, grapefruit, bearberry and more. Grand Poppy Amaro Bitter Liqueur. $30, greenbardistillery.com
Petal to the Metal
Designed by award-winning craftsman Michael Aram, every elegant and delicate curve of the orchid flower has been preserved in nickel and steel. White Orchid Wine Stopper. $55, michaelaram.com
Delight in a taste of spring with this perfectly balanced wine, where the sweetness of Bing cherries and juicy strawberries play off floral and herbal notes. And when the last drop is poured, use the collectable bottle to display local flowers or your favorite perfume. JNSQ Rosé Cru. $29, wine.com
Pretty in Purple
Tired of serving the same old mixed drinks? At your next party, turn lemons into lilac-colored spiked lavender lemonade by mixing in this natural vodka by one of North America’s most lauded distilleries. Lavender Flavored Vodka. $25, heritagedistilling.com
Jan Barboglio brings the magic of old Mexico into every object in her inspired collection. This mouthblown decanter with its etched foliage and nickel rose topper is no exception. Jan Barboglio Guadalupe Decanter. $325, neimanmarcus.com
Blossoms in a Bottle
Made from real flowers and botanicals, this all-natural set of five small-batch syrups comes in flavors such as lavender, hibiscus and rose hips, and can be mixed into dry or brut champagne, sparkling wine and more. Floral Elixir Syrups. $29, uncommongoods.com
Each one of these colorful coasters are practically bursting at the acacia wood and steel seams, a nod to the upstate Victorian farm where they’re hand crafted. Mackenzie-Childs Flower Market Coasters – Set of Four. $48, mackenzie-childs.com
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