Champagne cocktails with candied edible flowers

For a Christmas cocktail with a difference pop a candied edible flower into a flute and top up with Champagne. The bubbles will stream prettily around the petals, and it makes a nice change from a cherry or a strawberry.

To make the candies it couldn’t be simpler. Either purchase edible flowers – plenty of stores have them these days – or pick your own, just make sure they haven’t been sprayed with pesticide. Try rose petals (good for the Christmasy look), snapdragons, honeysuckle or pansies, simply dunk your choice of flora into a cooled sugar syrup and leave to dry on wax paper.

Top up your glass with one of our favourite Franschhoek or French bubblies.

If you’d rather not go through the effort (you do after all have a turkey/duck/chicken/cow to roast), grab a jar of Wild Hibiscus: pre-made edible hibiscus flowers in syrup.

Hibiscus in champagne

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