Salix - Pussy Willow

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Collecting the Pussy Willow or catkins has always been a spring rite for me. There are few things that make me as content as decorating my newly spring cleaned home every year with the long dramatic branches adorned with soft silky catkins - for me this is when I know that spring has actually arrived.

The tree is a deciduous small tree and can often be found along lake shores and riverbanks - although not exclusively. The Willow is dioecious, meaning that the male and female catkins are on different plants. The male catkins are yellow in colour and the female are pale green. 

It is before the new leaves arrive on the tree that the catkins appear. Their un-mistakable silvery buds with hints of green and deep yellow dotting the landscape. On a bright frosty spring morning, like today, when the new light bounces of the landscape the Pussy Willow sparkle like jewels. 

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I wanted to make a cocktail In honour of the pussy willow, something light, soft and silky. This cocktail is somewhat similar to the Milk Punch that is synonymous with New Orleans and the deep south. I however, have used a liqueur brandy 'Cuarenta y Tres' rather than a simple syrup.

Pussy Willow Cocktail

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You Will Need:

  • 50ml Cuarenta y Tres
  • 100ml full fat organic milk
  • Nutmeg
  • Crushed ice

Serves 1

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Place the Cuarenta y Tres, milk and a scoop of ice into a shaker. 

Shake vigourously

Strain into a low ball glass and top with a little freshly grated nutmeg.

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