As with any plants or flowers you are harvesting, a solid ID is
important to confirm.
The Muscari syrup makes a delicious, light cordial on its own with soda water [1 TBS in a glass with ice, topped with soda water,] but also is a wonderful addition to zero-proof & craft cocktails. I'll share my recipe for the syrup, as well as a couple of drinks here, but don't limit yourself! it can be used in many ways. These are very easy recipes to make. I think you will find Muscari blossom's unique flavor to be a new favorite if you give them a try.
Muscari Simple Syrup
½ cup fresh Muscari flowers, rinsed
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Pick & rinse your blossoms. Collect the flowers only for a pure flavor, no stems or leaves. Add your ingredients to a coquette or deep saucepan. Bring to a full boil, stirring. Reduce heat & simmer for about 10 minutes. You will notice the blossoms give up their color to your syrup, giving you a pretty, purple shade. Allow to steep until the syrup comes to room temperature. As it infuses & cools, the tone of the syrup will deepen & I often find it shifts to from true purple to a blue tone. Strain the spent flowers out & compost them. You are now left with a tasty purple or blue syrup! Enjoy it as a cordial with soda water, or drizzle it on vanilla ice cream or waffles.
OR, gather a few ingredients & give the following drinks a try!
Amethyst Cooler [Muscari Lemonade]
2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 oz Muscari syrup
Sparkling or soda water
Muscari flower & lemon wheel for garnish [optional]
Fill a tall glass about halfway with ice.
Add lemon juice & syrup to a shaker with some ice cubes. Shake until well chilled.
Strain into your prepared glass, adding some of your ‘dirty’ [used to shake] ice if desired.
Top with sparkling or soda water.
Garnish & enjoy!
These are super refreshing & their silvery-amethyst color is amazing!
If you decide to venture into mixing your syrup with alcohol, you will find it pairs well with both vodka & gin. I am partial to using it with the latter, as I find the Muscari flavor enhances the botanical profile of the gin quite nicely. The following is a favorite way of mine to enjoy the combo:
2.5 oz Gin [I prefer Hendricks for these]
¾ shot Muscari syrup
½ shot fresh lime juice
½ shot Luxardo
Lime twist & Muscari blossom for garnish
Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker, add ice, & shake until chilled & well combined.
Strain into a Nick & Nora or coupe glass.
Rub the rim of your glass with the lime peel, garnish with peel & blossom. Cheers!
These are both delicious & stunning!
Well, that is it about it for this time! I hope you enjoy your syrup & these drinks. The possibilities are endless with it & I would love to hear back from you just what you create with it! For instance, my husband is partial to a riff on a Cosmo I make for him with limoncello & Muscari syrup. Have some fun with it & take care!
My husband & I were blessed with 2 beautiful girls. When I was diagnosed with MS, I couldn't keep up the pace working retail. We decided on a simpler life, built a cabin in the woods, & moved to mid-coast Maine