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Edible spring flowers spruce up your punch bowl

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April showers bring May flowers—and May flowers bring infusions, garnishes and the compulsion to serve obscenely large drinks on the finest of porch swings. Some of Ma Nature’s earliest blooms are also edible, including violets, Johnny jump-ups, pansies and dandelions. You will find a treasure trove of libation inspiration in Punch Bowl & Pitcher Drinks by Jeanne Kelley and Sarah Tenaglia (Clarkson Potter, 2015). Gardens, fields and meadows provide a surprising source of flavors to enhance your spring sipping. Beautiful flower-filled molds and homemade simple syrups transform even the most staid cocktail into something unexpectedly spectacular. Flowers make good playmates with cocktails. Floral notes can be easily overwhelmed when cooking, but that is not the case with cocktails. “A cocktail…

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