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Tips for Using Flowers to Dress a Martini/Cocktail


By Sarilaya Cada

There are a variety of ways to make your drinks look more presentable when you have guests over, and using edible flowers as garnish and décor happens to be one of the easiest and cheapest ways to instantly give any drink a quick glow-up! In this article, we’ll go over the different tips and tricks you can make use of when dressing a martini or cocktail at your next party. Let’s get started.

Choose the Right Flower

It goes without saying that all edible flowers have unique flavors, but some might be more pungent than others. It’s best to choose flowers that will blend in or complement the taste of the drink, or you might end up creating an awkward or unflattering blend of flavors. No matter what flower you use, its flavor is going to infuse itself with that of the drink so you might not want to pick flowers for their looks alone.

You will also want to make sure that the edible flowers you’re using are absolutely safe to eat. For example, orchids are great additions to most cocktails and martinis, but you need to remember that only some varieties of orchids are completely safe for consumption, as other varieties might give you a stomach upset.

There are also different types of flavors that go with different drinks. In fact, you can even make martinis that are named after the flower garnish you’re using too. The rose martini is one such drink that’s quite popular, and it has a very rich rosy flavor as it contains rose water, rose food color, and rose petals too! While making such flavors that are distinctly floral it’s best to use the flowers whose flavors dominate the drink. For example, if your drink contains flavors of jasmine in it, then it’s best to use jasmine to decorate it.

Color is Important

Apart from the taste of the flower, you’re also going to want to choose flowers that complement and enhance the colors of the drinks. While this generally isn’t a very difficult task as most edible flowers are colorful and will automatically make any drink look lovely, you can up the dress-up game by making colorful martinis and adding flowers that stand out in them. For example, the Berrylicious Floral Cocktail is one such drink that uses strawberries for a bright red color and adds bright purple violets as a garnish to the finished drink. Violets and vodka are a famous combination, and you might even add a dash of lemonade to really get that fresh berrylicious flavor!

Floral Ice Cubes

This happens to be one of the most unconventional but innovative ways to use edible flowers while decorating your drink. Simply make ice cubes of water, or of the martinis themselves, and add the petals of the flower into it while it freezes. Before serving the drink, you can add these ice cubes that contain the flowers instead of using regular ice. The frozen cube will also give the flowers a more glassy look and will make your drink look prettier than ever!


Here’s a summary of the tips you need to bear in mind while dressing a martini and cocktail using edible flowers:

  • Make sure the flowers are absolutely safe for consumption, especially if they are flowers that aren’t conventionally used for consumption.
  • Avoid flowers that have been sprayed with pesticides or insecticides.
  • Make sure the flavor of the flower does not overpower or ruin the flavor of the drink.
  • Use colors that complement each other and don’t be afraid to experiment.
  • Incorporate the flowers with the frozen ice cubes to give your drink a simple yet elegant glow-up.


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