It’s August, and gardens are seriously in overdrive, and flowers are still showing their faces, and skirts and shorts seem to be getting even shorter. It’s enough to make one blush, all this blooming. But I suggest, all my little summertime Romeos and Juliets, that you remember what the word “accismus” means: showing no interest in something while secretly wanting it. Or, to say it another way, don’t forget to keep your cool in the face of all this sultry floral-ness. To help out, here’s a delish little floral drink. It’s a tad sweet, but sweetness will balance out the saltiness from any late-summer sweat.
1-1/2 ounce Hangar One Mandarin Blossom vodka
1 ounce Crème de Violette
1/2 ounce Aperol
1 dash Fee Brothers peach bitters
Edible flowers for garnish
1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with cracked ice. Add the vodka, crème de violette, Aperol, and bitters. Stir well.
2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a few edible flowers.
A Note: The new Crème Yvette can be subbed in for the Crème di Violette with no ill effects.