Flowers of Summer Amaro
Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2014
This Flowers of Summer Amaro is my my most colorful herbal infusion to date. I decided to go for a floral flavor with this bittersweet amaro, and highlight all the edible flowers flourishing in our summer garden. The thyme was in bloom. the red mustard keeps trying to go to seed, and the alpine strawberries begged to be included.
I cruised the garden for blooming edibles, and included the following in my vodka base:
- alpine strawberries
- anise hyssop
- gem marigolds – lemon and paprika
- lemon balm
- red mustard
- rugosa rose
I’ll be tasting this Flowers of Summer Amaro every few days during its’ first week of infusing – making sure the flavors stay balanced, and no trouble makers try to over power their neighbors. Since I’ve left the blossoms intact, it will be easy to yank out any botanical bullies. After two weeks, I’ll taste it again to see if it needs more infusing time. Usually I let my amaros steep away for four weeks. I may add a little simple syrup at the end to soften the bitterness. Or I may find the alpine strawberries added enough sweetness. That’s the fun of making your own amaro – you can guide the combination of herbal flavors, and the end result is better than what you expected.