With the fall season in full swing, fun home projects & festive food + beverage are on the mind. We have been working on getting our home decorated for the holidays, while still making the most of the fall season. This means not only decorating the inside, but switching out our decor outside, too. A lot of our plants are coming indoors or we are switching them out for those who will enjoy the cooler weather. Pansies are one of my favorite fall flowers! They can withstand the cooler temperatures & add such beautiful color to your outdoor decor. Today, I’m sharing a little more about pansies & how we used them to do a fun DIY project to come up with a pansy fall festive cocktail recipe featuring Cool Wave Pansies.
Pansies for Fall & Winter
Fall means time for new projects & new recipes. I’m sharing our cocktail recipe below, but before I do, I wanted to talk a bit about our gardening project. We spent the spring & summer decorating our back patio & now we are wanting to finish it up by adding more plants. I have always loved pansies & they are able to withstand the cooler temperatures that come with the fall & winter seasons. They also add color to your space & are great for fun, at home DIY projects. I know so many people are intimidated by gardening & plants, but I’m here to tell you that it can be easy & fun! It’s a great activity you can do at home to enjoy the outdoors. We do it together as a family! No matter what your outdoor situation looks like– whether you have a patio outside an apartment, a big back yard, or even a window box, anyone can make pansies work! Your experience level or space doesn’t matter. We use Cool Wave Pansies, which I’m sharing a bit more about below before we jump into the cocktail recipe.
Cool Wave Pansies
- Cool Wave pansies are a part of the Wave™ Family, which has provided gardeners with easy-spreading color since the introduction of Wave™ petunias in 1995. The five series of petunias offer dramatic color, & exceptionally long bloom time.
- Joining the Wave family in 2012, Cool Wave pansies provide the same ease with the addition of hardiness & vibrant color during the cooler seasons.
- For best results, Cool Wave Pansies should be placed in a sunny location in order to thrive (6+ hours of sun each day)
- You can learn more about Cool Wave pansies on their website here & also find more tips & decorating ideas.
Without further adieu, let’s get into our pansy fall cocktail recipe featuring Cool Wave pansies as a fun DIY project that is both fun & festive.
Pansy Festive Fall Cocktail Recipe
Below I am sharing our pansy festive fall cocktail recipe that we came up with to featuring these beautiful flowers! This recipe uses a blackberry cordial that can keep in the fridge for up to 2 months. You can easily make it once & enjoy it in so many different cocktails throughout the season! We store ours in an air tight bottle.
- 1 pound of blackberries, washed
- 1/2 cup of caster sugar
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 chilled bottle of Prosecco, to serve
- Rosemary & Cool Wave Pansies for garnish
Add the blackberries into a large saucepan with 2 cups of water.
Bring to the boil. Then, reduce to a simmer & cook for 10-15 minutes, until the berries start to break down.
Meanwhile, wrap a bowl with cheese cloth.
Strain the juice using a fine strainer, holding the blackberries back at first. Once most of the juice has filtered through, tip the blackberries onto the cheese cloth & let the rest of the juice drip through slowly. Don’t press the berries, as this will make the blackberry cordial cloudy. Leave for at least 1 hour, or simply leave to strain overnight in the fridge. Be careful, the blackberry juice can easily stain!
Pour the strained juice back into the pan, discarding the blackberries). Then, add the sugar & lemon juice. Heat, stirring, until the sugar has completely dissolved.Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat & leave to cool.
To serve, pour 2 tablespoons of blackberry cordial into a coupe glass or flute & top with chilled Prosecco.
- Add a sprig of rosemary & a Cool Wave pansy for a festive garnish.
I hope you all enjoyed learning a bit more about these pansies & seeing our fun cocktail recipe. We have been sipping on these so frequently since we came up with it & can’t wait to continue to enjoy them all season! I love a good garnish on a cocktail & these pansies made the drink. If you all make it, be sure to tag me on Instagram stories. For another good cocktail recipe, check out my skinny moscow mule recipe.
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