Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Blooming Sake.

In olden times, flowers were given to people with specific meanings in mind. While the Black Eyed Susan symbolized encouragement, the striped Carnation meant refusal. While a white Rose represented purity, the Lavender hinted at distrust. When pairing a flower with a nice chilled, crisp sake I decided to go with the beautiful hibiscus. It's soft fragrance leads to a subtle tartness in flavor that opens up on your palette and brings with it, its own personal message of delicate beauty.

Delicate Beauty

2 1/2 oz. Dry, Crisp Sake
1/2 oz. Hibiscus Syrup*

Garnish: Mandarin Orange Slice

Preparation: Build ingredients into an Izabel Lam floating glass

*Hibiscus Syrup: Take a cup of dried hibiscus flowers and combine it with three cups of water in a pan. Bring to a boil. Add two cups of sugar. Stir in to dissolve. Remove from heat and strain through a chinois to remove flowers and sediment.

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