There are a few drinks that have the distinction of having the name of a flower, and the chrysanthemum is one of the, and with good reason. In fact, there are so many countries that attribute a cultural significance to the flower, that it is almost mind-boggling.
For example, in Australia, the flower is associated with mothers. There is a festival in honor of the flower in China, and in Japan, it is highly revered, as it is a symbol for the Emperor and the Imperial Family. It has a wide range of applications as well, from culinary, to ornamental, to insecticidal, to, believe it or not, environmental. Specifically, a NASA study concluded that the flower actually helps to reduce indoor air pollution. Perhaps it is only right that a drink be named after this majestic flower!
- ¾ ounces of brandy
- 2 ounces of dry vermouth
- ¼ ounce of Absinthe
- Orange twist (optional)
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail glass
- Pour the ingredients in the cocktail shaker, and stir.
- Add ice to the cocktail shaker, then stir again for one minute.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Squeeze an orange peel over the drink, then drop the peel into the drink (optional)
The drink is a brandy-based drink, so for those who arent the biggest fans of brandy, which isnt exactly a popular liquor in modern times; they probably wont appreciate this particular cocktail. The orange peel is optional. The vermouth and Absinthe make the drink extremely distinct and unique, and this may not be the drink for everyone. It is a strong drink as well, and many believe the cocktail is best served on the rocks, although, of course, that is up to the preference of the drinker(s). The drink, like the flower it is named after, may not be everywhere, but it certain is special. Enjoy today!