Monday, June 17, 2019

Borage Sparklers, Both Boozy and Not

This is a cocktail delight straight out of the garden, a sparkling cocktail that features borage in a syrup and in the beautiful ice cubes.

Borage is an annual herb that boasts stunning star-shaped blue flowers. Both the flowers and young leaves taste like cucumber. In this sparkling borage cocktail, a homemade borage syrup is paired with other light herbal flavors. I prefer herbal gins and used one from Venus Spirits in Santa Cruz for this libation. Make the syrup ahead of time for an easy cocktail hour.


Borage Syrup

  • 1 C water
  • 1 C organic granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C borage (young leaves and flowers)

Borage Ice Cubes

  • borage flowers
  • water


  • 1-1/2 ounce gin
  • 3/4 ounce Chartreuse
  • 3/4 ounce borage syrup 
  • sparking water, as needed
  • Also needed: ice, cocktail strainer


Borage Ice Cubes
Place flowers in a silicone or other ice cube tray. Fill the hollows halfway up with water. Drop a borage flower on top. Let freeze for 30 minutes, then pour more water over the flower. Let freeze until set.

Borage Syrup
Put the sugar and water into a saucepan and simmer over medium heat till the sugar is completely dissolved. Add blossom to the syrup and let cool. Reserve the syrup till you’re ready to make the sparklers.

Place ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour in all ingredients and shake for 15 seconds. Strain into a serving glass. Garnish with borage ice cubes.

Non-Boozy Sparkler
Place borage ice cubes in a glass. Fill 3/4 of the way with sparkling water. Add borage syrup to taste. Serve immediately. Cheers!

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