- Cocktails and Spirits
March 21, 2013
Citrus Blossom cocktail.
It's no surprise to find St. Germain in a bubbly cocktail for spring, and this one is a perfect citrus cocktail for the new season.
- 1/2 Ounce gin
- 1/3 Ounce St. Germain
- 1/2 Ounce fresh lemon juice
- Dash of simple syrup
- 3 Ounces Chandon Blanc de Noirs
Shake ingredients over ice and strain into a flute. Top with Chandon Blanc de Noirs.
12 Benefits of Citrus Essential Oils - Orange, Lemon, Lime Recipes
Citrus oils are among the favorites in any essential oils collection. They are versatile and effective, providing many uses and benefits. Citrus oils most popular today are orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, mandarin, lime, bergamot, and petitgrain essential oil. Citrus essential oils offer a variety of benefits for health and wellness. Here are just 12 benefits citrus oils offer.
Citrus oils are among the favorites in any essential oil collection. They are versatile and effective, plus they leave you smiling. There are many citrus essential oil benefits and uses, here I share some of my favorite reasons to use essential oils from the citrus family, plus I included DIY recipes to make.
The citrus oils most popular in aromatherapy today are orange, lemon, grapefruit, lime, and bergamot essential oil. Use any of these oils to transform the smell of your home.
They are happy, uplifting oils that have been called liquid sunshine in a bottle. These oils come from the rind of citrus fruits. Use them to replace store-bought room freshener sprays that are unnatural and instead fill your home with any of these fresh scents.
Orange Blossom Citrus Mojitos
Spring has finally sprung here in Michigan and everyone is giddy with joy! One of the greatest gifts of enduring a brutally long and cold winter is the anticipation of warmer weather. Once the sun comes out and the temps warm up, everyone is outdoors, grills are dusted off, the parks are bursting with kids and ice cream shops have lines around the corner.
The energy is high and everyone has a smile on their face. We’ve earned this new season and we plan to take full advantage of every moment. If there is one thing we don’t do, we do not take spring for granted and that is just one of the many reasons I love living in #PureMichigan.
To celebrate the start of outdoor dining season, I’ve made you all a refreshing cocktail inspired by a few of my favorite ingredients: citrus, orange blossom water and fresh mint. Specifically, these beauties were made with a combination of Cara Caras, Gold Nuggets and Minneolas. Plus a little lime juice for good measure.
To take the cocktail to the next level, I added a splash of orange blossom water. Orange blossom water is a Middle Eastern ingredient I grew up with in my house at all times. My mom would frequently add a splash to flavor lemonade but it’s also delicious in baklava and other pastries.
Perfect for baby showers, graduation parties or Mother’s Day, this drink can easily be made non-alcoholic by swapping out rum with lemonade or sparkling water. Whatever you do, just don’t forget the bright citrus and fresh mint.
How to Make Citrus Blossom Water using a pot
I knew that you could make floral water using a pot but I didn&rsquot know the exact method. I google searched to find instructions and found a site making perfumes who explained the procedure making other floral water.
Making blossom water is not an easy job as you need a lot of time pick the petals one by one. However, if you don&rsquot make any other use of the fruit, you can cut the flowers with some of the leafs and sit down and do it at your paste.
Here is a video when I was picking the citrus blossoms:
To make the blossom water I used a pot with a lid. You have to put a glass bowl or a jar inside so that the water evaporating will fall into the bowl. The water boiling must be gentle so that the bowl will not &ldquodance&rdquo inside the pot. I stopped the procedure after an hour to see how it is going but now that I know it needs around two hours to get around 500 ml of blossom water.
If you are only going to use it in pastries, this will last for at least a year because a couple teaspons are more enough to flavour your desserts.
If you just need floral water to wash your face then you will need more, so add a bigger jar inside, or empty the first one and continue boiling. The water is more than enough but the leftover was what I needed to make the fruit preserve.
As all pots allow the steam to escape I thought of sealing the lid with an old traditional way my mother would seal the earthen pot to make Kleftiko. You mix flour and water to make a paste which seals the vessel. However, I was afraid I may ruin my pot so instead I used a paper adhesive tape and sealed it twice. After removing the tape I notice that there were residues of the glue on the lid. It wouldn&rsquot go away with soap and water nor alcohol. My husband removed it with turpentine.
I used 7 disposable ice cube bags, so make sure that you have enough ice cubes before you start the procedure.
Next year, when we go to Athens and return back I hope to remember to bring along my pressure cooker with which I will try another method, hoping for better restults.
My next project is to make rose water. Yesterday my first two rose shrubs arrived (rose damascena and centifoil), which are the varieties you can make rose water and preserve and hope that by next year I will start making some.
I have other projects in my mind as well but they will have to wait until I have time for them ..
Citrus-Blossom Gin Fizz
Mix 2 cups water, sugar, and lemon verbena, if desired, in medium saucepan. Using vegetable peeler, remove peel (colored part) from orange and lemon add peel to saucepan. Bring sugar mixture to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes. Cool completely. Stir in orange-flower water. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 weeks ahead. Cover and refrigerate.
Combine 6 tablespoons syrup, 3 cups ice, 1/4 cup gin, 1/4 cup cream, 2 egg whites, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice in blender. Blend until smooth and foamy. Divide among 4 glasses. Repeat with 6 tablespoons syrup and remaining ice, gin, cream, egg whites, and juice. Sprinkle drinks with nutmeg garnish with lemon verbena sprigs, if desired.
*A flavoring extract available in the liquor aisle or baking section of some supermarkets and at liquor stores.
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Homemade Perfume FAQ
Will the finished perfume be yellow or clear?
The perfume will take on the color of your oils. So if you use a very yellow carrier oil (like jojoba oil), the perfume will have a yellow hue. But if you use lighter-colored oils, your perfume will have a lighter color.
Can I use rubbing alcohol in my perfume?
Rubbing alcohol has a pretty strong scent, which is why we recommend vodka or grain alcohol. But if it’s all you have, make a small sample and see how you like it—you might find that the oils will mask the smell of the alcohol.
Even with the alcohol, my perfume separates. What am I doing wrong?
Water helps soften the scent of the alcohol, but it can also cause your perfume to separate. Just shake your perfume prior to each use to blend everything together.
If the separation bothers you, leave out the water altogether and add a bit more alcohol.
Will the essential oils be enough to create a lasting fragrance?
Essential oils are lighter (and more natural!) than chemical-laden perfume oils, but they’re also not as long-lasting as chemical fragrances, so you might need to apply your perfume more often to maintain the scent.
Have you ever tried making your own perfume? What’s your favorite scent? If you love citrus as I do, check out this handy guide to winter citrus and smoothie recipe .
What is orange blossom water?
Orange blossom water is made from the citrus flower.
If you've ever been to an orange orchard in prime growing season you will never forget the distinct fragrance of the orange blossom flower, it's simply overwhelming.
As it is very concentrated and overpowering, it should be used very sparingly. I rarely put in more than half a teaspoon.
When added correctly it gives a beautiful fragrant aroma to any dessert, drinks or fruit salad. It can also be used for savoury dishes especially for marinades.
I've noticed we from the Middle East add it where others might use vanilla. You can always susbsititute with a bit of vanilla if you can't source it.
Orange blossom water can be found in Middle Eastern stores and in speciality ingredient sections of many supermarkets.
Glyko Anthos (Greek Citrus Blossom Preserve)
You will need:
- The leftover Citrus Blossom Petals
- The leftover water
- 3 cups sugar
- 4 tbsp lemon Juice
- Add the sugar to the leftover boiled petals and mix to dissolve the sugar.
- Put it on the heat and bring to a boil.
- Lower heat and cook until the temperature reaches 105 degrees Centigrade.
- Add the lemon juice, mix and remove from the heat.
- Set aside to cool and store in sterilized jars.
- No refrigeration is needed.
Recently my Blog was listed among the 40 best Greek Food Blogs. It&rsquos an honour to be included among so many talented food bloggers and chefs.
Thank you all for making this possible!
Bergamot, Mandarin, & Kaffir Lime Oil Blend Bug Spray
Kaffir lime, or citrus hystrix essential oil, is a tangy-smelling oil that can help repel bugs because of its citronella content. Combined with a citrus essential oil blend of bergamot and mandarin oils, it makes for an effective natural alternative to harsh store-bought bug sprays. Try giving it a spray next time you’re outside and bugs are about!
- 2 drops bergamot essential oil
- 2 drops mandarin essential oil
- 2 drop kaffir lime essential oil
- 50ml water
Be sure to avoid direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after applying as some of the citrus oils in it can be photosensitive.
Citrus Blossom Oil Blend Moisturizing Whipped Body Butter
Say goodbye to the chemically-constructed spring lotions of the past. Spread on this light and luxurious citrus blossom body butter after your shower. Your skin will be instantly moisturized, plus you’ll smell amazing too!
- ½ cup shea butter
- ½ cup cocoa butter
- 40 drops rosehip seed oil
- 20 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 20 drops bergamot essential oil
- 40 drops pomegranate seed oil
- First, add the shea and cocoa butters into a bowl.
- Then, using your electric mixer, whip up both body butters together for about 7 to 10 minutes until they are light and fluffy.
- Then, gently fold in your oils until fully incorporated.
- Add the mixture to your storage container and use as needed.
Annette is a travelling journalist and humanitarian who is obsessed with green smoothies.
Since leaving California for a new adventure overseas, Annette has worked with various non-profits and focuses on communication as a tool for advocacy.
Her love of nutrition and fitness really took off six years ago when she decided to eat plant-based and ran her first half-marathon. Since then, a healthy lifestyle has been something she works hard to maintain even with a busy schedule. She believes that a healthy mind starts with what we put in our bodies. But, one thing she’ll never give up is Margarita pizza.