Nasturtiums to drink

June 3, 2011 | By | Comments (4)

The clever farm-to-table team at Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos is at it again with great ideas for cooking with nasturtiums. Recently I posted on their peppery nasturtium leaf pesto. Last week I stopped by to check out their new cocktail lounge, and was handed a beautiful pink drink—a nasturtium cooler. Delicious! Peppery flavored once again, but also sweet and really refreshing.

The bar manager explained that they make a simple syrup with sugar and water and add nasturtium blossoms from Love Apple Farms, the farm that supplies nearly all of the restaurant’s produce. They let the syrup steep overnight, and whatever mix of blossom colors they use, the syrup seems to turn pink. Then for the cooler, all they do is mix some syrup with sparkling water. So easy. The drink I tried was virgin, but you could add a little vodka for a cocktail if you like.

Here’s how I recreated the drink at Sunset.

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Nasturtiums in the Sunset test garden

 

Nasturtium coolers

MAKES 1 1/3 cups syrup

The syrup keeps about 2 weeks in the fridge.

1 cup sugar

20 nasturtium blossoms

Sparkling water

1. Heat sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Add blossoms, stir gently, and let cool.

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Nasturtium syrup

2. Chill syrup overnight, covered, then strain. Pour sparkling water into glasses and add as much syrup as you like.

  NasturtiumCooler Nasturtium coolers

 

COMMENTS

  1. ge.tt

    I do trust all thee idxeas you have presented for your post.
    They are reaally convincing and can definitely work.
    Still, thee posts arre too quick for beginners.
    May just yoou ploease lengthen them a bit from subsequent time?
    Thanks for the post.

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  3. Love Apple Farms

    For folks wanting to know how we grow all of the delicious veggies and edible flowers for Manresa, they can come check out one of our many gardening, preserving, or cooking workshops at our farm in Santa Cruz, California.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm
  4. Terri

    Wow… I’m feeling right in the swim of things! Yesterday I made a Confetti Rice Salad made with nasturtium blossoms for our Master Gardener class in San Luis Obispo County.

    June 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm

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