Orange Blossom Water has a rich history!
Orange blossom water is just as simple as it sounds: it’s water distilled with orange tree flowers to extract their essence. To make orange blossom water, they use bitter orange trees rather than sweet, the same kind of oranges used to make orange cocktail bitters! In this case though, they use the flowers rather than the tree’s fruit. They gently boil the flower petals in purified water, and then they capture and condense the heavily-scented steam. This produces a highly fragrant liquid with a subtle floral flavor.
The orange blossom water we carry at Whisk comes from Al Wadi Al Akhdar. They’ve been a leading Lebanese food brand throughout the world since 1979. They combine traditional and exotic touches with the latest food technology to bring high-quality authentic ingredients to the global market. They focus on traditional Lebanese & Middle Eastern specialties, and their flower essences are known to be some of the finest on the market.
Orange blossom water can be a surprise to people who have never tried it before. The scent is incredibly fresh and bright, like walking through an orange grove in spring! The flavor is pleasantly bitter and floral. A dash or two can give a dish or a cocktail an elegant otherworldly quality, but be careful not to add too much! A few extra drops can take your cocktail from delicate, subtle, and refined, to a big ol’ swig from Grandma’s perfume bottle.
Orange blossom water is traditionally used to add a subtle fragrance to sweets and pastries, but it lends itself perfectly to craft cocktails as well. For use in your home bar, orange blossom water works in any recipe or liquor that would pair well with orange bitters or the fresh flavor of citrus. Therefore, the possibilities are endless, but for a little bit of inspiration, please watch the cocktail recipe video below.
The Ramos Gin Fizz
- 2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz heavy cream
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1 egg white (1 oz pasteurized egg white if desired)
- 1/2 teaspoon orange flower water
- Club soda, chilled
Add the gin, lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup, cream, egg white, & orange flower water to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously without ice to combine.
Add a generous handful of ice and shake again until very frothy and shaker becomes frosty. Strain over ice into a highball or collins glass and top off with club soda. Garnish with an orange slice if desired.