I’m going to keep this short and sweet. The days are lengthening, the Royal London parks are heavy with blossom and there is that indescribable feeling of summer in the air. To celebrate this – and as an ode to the Chelsea Flower Show – Aqua Shard have launched their Floral Five menu. Disclaimer: We were guests of Aqua Shard – but I visit often on my own dime. (I think this is really important for authenticity!)
They’ve collaborated with the botanical maestros at Camellia’s Teahouse who have created five unique tea blends featuring British flowers, which have in turn been incorporated to accompanying cocktails and desserts.
Oh, did I mention that they’re delicious?
Think sweet rosebuds, blue mallow and fragrant lavender.
…as we learned all about the teas that are meticulously assembled from all natural ingredients – ingredients that you can literally see.
Guided by Amanda, a Certified ITEI Tea Sommelier, we tried the;
- Blue Mallow (containing rose petal, rose hip and mallow flowers)
- Elderflower (with chickweed, nettle, elderflower, dandelion, marigold and rosebuds)
- Lavender (with rose petal, bergamot and lavender)
- Marigold (with lemongrass, marigold and lemon peel)
- Rosebud (with ginger, liquorice and rosebud)
…and then enjoyed sipping each of the cocktails that were constructed around the flavours. Deciding on cocktails at Aqua Shard is always hard, but these delectable flavours make it even more difficult (oh, what a problem to have!)
From the Twilight (McQueen & The Violet Fog Gin, Procrastination liqueur, marshmallow syrup, verjus and blue mallow tea) to the Rosy Fever (white port, Hysterie liqueur, grapefruit sac and liquorice bitters) to the Lavender Fields (Absentroux Absinthium, Tanqueray Gin, lemon juice, rose syrup and ginger water) we found ourselves transport via our tastebuds to a floral dappled meadow.
If I was pushed to pick a favourite, the Golden blush (Ciroc Red Berry, lemongrass syrup and marigold tea) and the Solstice Spritz (Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin, elderflower cordial, framboise liqueur, soda and Cava, served with a dramatic surprise that I won’t spoil) get first equal. Just.
Then, to crown off this indulgent menu preview, we inhaled, sorry, delicately tined through the dessert menu – from an incredible moreish Dark Chocolate Mousse with lavender ice cream (my favourite) to an Elderflower Panna Cotta which we all adored.
We tried the raspberry and rose shortcake, the scrumptious Ginger cake with liquorice ice cream and a delectable Lime Green Tea Posset of with lemongrass granita, green tea sorbet, candied lemon and black sesame brittle.
Want glorious views of London alongside a delectable array of cocktails and desserts? Look no further. You can mix and match your ordering too – tea, cocktails and/or dessert throughout summer. I definitely know that I’ll be back for another taste. Perhaps I can lure family or friends up there…
I loved the variety of flavours that are on offer in the Aqua Shard Floral Five Menu – there’s something for everyone.!
Are you a dessert fan?
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