The Weekend Cocktail: The Mid-Summer Nights Dream

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“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind”. William Shakespeare

Edible flowers

Edible flowers

 If music be the food of love —play on—and make sure you have a cocktail in hand to celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday!

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare writes: “Yet mark’d I where the bolt of Cupid fell;/It fell upon a little western flower,/Before milk-white, now purple with love’s wound,/ And maidens call it love-in-idleness.”

“Love in idleness,” which is the love potion flower used by Puck, is popularly known as a wild pansy. To grow your own,  you can order the seeds from  Burpee. Or you can buy a wide array of edible flowers at  Gourmet Sweet Botanicals 

So grab some friends and one of Shakespeare 154 sonnets that revolves around the poet’s relationship with his two muses – a young man with whom he is infatuated, and then later, a “dark” woman and toast the Bard of Avon, with this festive, flowery cocktail of love! Cheers

The Mid-Summer Nights Dream

3 slices cucumber, peeled

6 sprigs mint

4 ounces Tanqueray gin

4 ounces pomegranate juice

2 ounces fresh lime juice

6 drops rose water

Edible pansies for garnish

Pink sugar for rimming the glasses

In a cocktail shaker,  muddle the cucumber and the mint. Add the rest of ingredients. Let sit for a minute.  Shake vigorously. Strain into two Martini Glasses rimmed with pink sugar. Garnish with 1 floating pansy.

About Karen Young

Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.