Part of the genus Sorbus of the rose family, Rosaceae. The Rowan Berry has a rather bitter flavor, hence its use in liquors such as Gin. Take a look at some of the health benefits of Rowan Berries on Organic Facts an added perk to your cocktail ;)
Blackthorn or commonly known as a ‘Sloe’ is also a member of the rose family. The berry that looks very similar to a blueberry is traditionally found in Europe, western Asia and northwest Africa. Take a look at some interesting benefits of this powerful little delight here
By using a flavoured vinegar they infuse the haws to preserve the flavour and medicinal qualities found in the plant. Extensive research has been done on Hawthorn and its powerful effects on lowering high blood pressure (Read More)
A primarily Eurasian plant, it is made into a syrup and gives gin its ‘gin’ flavor. This plant is packed full of antioxidants and can be used in pies and jelly as well as gin (Read More)
Packed full of minerals such as iron, potassium, phosphorus and copper. The sweet berries are a beautiful addition to any recipe (Read More)
Although the health benefits of botanicals may be far from your mind when settling into a cocktail it is lovely to reflect on these traditional uses of these plants.
Iceberg Blossom by Sebastian Kasyna at The Ivy City Garden
Garnish: Mint, thyme, edible flower, lemon zest & apple
Method: MUDDLE apple in base of shaker. Add other ingredients, SHAKE with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.
2 wedge Apple
50ml Caorunn Gin
50ml Aloe vera juice
1 sprig Mint (preferably water mint)
15ml Homemade elderflower cordial