While people usually love decorating their wine bottles with beautiful sprigs of flowers and leaves, you can go a step further and decorate your wine with edible flowers. Not only will this add to the flavor of your wine but will also increase the aesthetic appeal of the drink. If you’re unsure of which flowers are safe for eating then you can refer to this article which explains everything you’d need to know about edible flowers.
In this article, we’ll go over the different ways you can use edible flowers to garnish and decorate your wine, and also look into some creative ways where you can incorporate flowers in the wine. Let’s get started.
Frozen Wine Cubes
There really isn’t much to explain here but this is one fancy way to incorporate edible flowers in your wine, especially if you’re having guests over. Not only will it give your drink an elegant touch but will also be easy to execute and won’t take much time in terms of prep. Simply fill your regular ice cube tray with wine instead of water, and place the flowers or petals inside each cube.
You may choose any flower that will go well with the wine depending on the flavor of both. Be sure to add the same quantity of petals to each ice cube as you don’t want to end up with no petals in some. Once the cubes have frozen completely, you can take them out and put them in the glasses containing the wine before you serve them to the guests.
Instead of using regular ice cubes that could dilute the wine, you’ll be serving wine cubes that contain pretty flowers that will look crystallized within the cubes. If you want a quick way to turn a boring wine drink into something exciting and fun then this is the way to go.
Winesicles with Flowers
Once again, the name of this method is self-explanatory. If you’re looking for a fun way to convert your wine into something other than a drink then this would be a fun way to have wine on a hot summer day with a bunch of family and friends. These winesicles will look especially great if you plan on hosting a little lunch party this summer.
To make these, you’ll need a popsicle mold, wine, syrup (optional), and edible flowers of your choice. First, drop the edible flowers into the popsicle mold and then pour in the wine right over it. After this, you can add a few tablespoons of syrup to sweeten it. The syrup can be of any flavor, but citrus usually goes well if your wine is citrus flavored too. If you can’t find any flavored syrup then don’t fret because you can make it yourself by mixing equal parts of sugar and water in a pot and stirring it until it’s dissolved. Once you’ve done this, you can place your tray in the freezer and wait for the magic to happen.
Also, don’t forget to remove the tray after about 45 minutes so you can add in the popsicle sticks. You may also rearrange the flowers during this time if you feel that most of them have risen to the top. Once you’ve done this, you can place it back in the freezer and take it out only after 8 to 10 hours to make sure they’ve completely frozen solid.
While serving, remember to keep the icicles on a tray full of ice which may also be decorated with a few petals of the flowers as this will give it a nice touch.
Garnish Your Wine
If you’re having an official party or occasion and can’t really go for fun alternatives like wine cubes and winesicles then this is the best way to decorate your wine with flowers. Simply pick the right flower that will go well with the taste of the wine and infuse it with the wine. The best part about adding flowers as the garnish for your wine is that not only does it make the drink look more appetizing but it also adds to the flavor, texture, and aroma of the wine.
However, if you don’t really want the taste of the flowers to overpower or mix in with the flavor of the wine, you can go for flowers that don’t have much of a taste. Instead, you can focus on the aesthetics and choose flowers that look bright and captivating though they lack a prominent taste.
While some people choose to infuse the flowers into their wine to really get the flavor of the flower to blend in with the wine, others simply use it as garnish before serving the drink. If you belong to the latter, you may simply choose flowers that are either fresh or dried depending on the availability of edible flowers.
Before you serve the drink, sprinkle some of the flower petals on top and serve them straight away. Be sure to only use flowers that look fresh or aesthetic as you don’t want to make the drink look unappetizing by using flowers that might look crushed or damaged.
Additionally, you may also up your garnish game by using lemon slices along with the edible flower garnish, but be sure to only use this if the flavor of the wine will be complemented by the citrus flavor. To decorate this way, simply cut a very thin slice of lemon and make a slit in its center where you can insert the flower before you put it on top of the drink.
Here’s a summary of the different ways you can decorate your wine with edible flowers:
- Freeze cubes of wine with flowers in them to later add to your wine glass.
- Make winesicles using popsicle molds and add flowers to them while freezing.
- Infuse your wine with flowers or simply use it as a garnish on top of the wine while serving. You may also add a slice of lemon along with the flower garnish.