Ina First Fridays: The Juice of a Few Flowers

Because I usually make an appetizer for this round of Ina's First Fridays, I tend to forget it also includes drinks. So I thought it would be fun to do a drink this month. Enjoy!

Several years ago I posted a rather lengthy piece about the famous Juice Of a Few Flowers and its origins. It was the story of Gerald and Sara Murphy and began in the 20's. This young, newly married couple wished to escape the snobbish, elite world into which they were born (which, one must keep in mind, supported them) and the strictures of their parents. And so they moved to Paris, soon to become the darlings of that era, hobnobbing with Picasso, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Cole Porter et al. Their generous hospitality, spontaneity and extraordinarily adventurous spirit made them the trend-setters of the time. F. Scott Fitzgerald famously quipped about the Murphys saying: “The rich are different from us.” But the Murphys weren’t really filthy rich, just well off and knew how to live with great flair and style.

It was a fun post and if you'd like see some photos, read about their fascinating life, the gaiety, the tragedy and their final years, click HERE 

At any rate, cocktail hour became quite a performance with Gerald Murphy at the bar and he was very mysterious and secretive about his concoctions. When someone would ask what was in this or that drink he would always answer: "Just the juice of a few flowers."  Murphy eventually turned this favorite description of  "Juice of a few flowers" into  a cocktail. It was made of freshly squeezed juices -- one ounce orange, one ounce grapefruit, a half ounce lime, a half ounce lemon -- together with an ounce of gin. Gerald Murphy's instructions:
"The mint should be put in the shaker first. It should be torn up by hand as it steeps better. The gin should be added then and allowed to stand a minute or two. Then add the grapefruit juice and then the lime juice. Stir vigorously with ice and do not allow to dilute too much, but serve very cold, with a sprig of mint in each glass."

In 2008, I watched Ina Garten make a drink she called Juice of a Few Flowers and, having read all about the Murphys in several books,  I smiled and knew I had to try it. You're going to love it. It’s a drink with a tart citrus punch and a nice kick of vodka. An ice-cold glass, a sugared rim, a sprig of mint. Pretty darn close to Gerald Murphy's description.

Juice of a Few Flowers

2008, Barefoot Contessa, Back to Basics


1/2 cup (125 mL) freshly squeezed orange juice (2 oranges)
1/2 cup (125 mL) freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice (1 grapefruit)
1/4 cup (50 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
1/4 cup (50 mL) freshly squeezed lime juice (2 limes)
1 cup (250 mL) vodka
extra lemon juice
granulated sugar
fresh mint sprigs


Combine the orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, lime juice and vodka in a pitcher.
Dip the rims of 4 martini glasses first in a dish of lemon juice and then in a dish with sugar. Set aside to dry.
Pour the cocktail mix into the glasses, garnish with mint and serve.


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  1. That sounds divine! I do prefer tart, citrussy cocktails.

    1. Realmente divino Barbara tiene una pinta fantástica se ve refrescante muy bueno,abrazos

  2. Divine and refreshing.



  3. Okay, I'm back, I just HAD to pin this link Barbara! Not only do I love the back story, the drink itself sounds so refreshing, a perfect way to welcome the season! Thank you so much for sharing, Barbara

  4. What a fun post!! Sounds like an awesome drink. And I am also going to check the story out - very very intrigued!

  5. I am going to enjoy reading more about the Murphy's Barbara. It sounds like their life was full of many friends.
    When I read this recipe I felt myself pucker up a little :))))
    sending hugs...

  6. look perfect and delicious!!

  7. I have made this cocktail in the past and it is delightful. Nice choice! Ina never fails.

  8. A very fruity and refreshing drink!

  9. I might just have to try this! Mrs. Garten is my idol! :) ela

  10. What a lovely drink, the colour and the presentation :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Lovely drink. Ina's cocktails are some of the prettiest.

  12. I'm always up for a good yummy drink! This is a very pretty cocktail!

  13. I do remember the Carry Grant movie where he was having the drink and when Katherine Hepburn asked him what was in it he replied, "Just the juice of a few flowers." What a beautiful name for a drink.
    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits

  14. Beautiful one! Love Ina's cocktails. They are always so glamorous :D

  15. This sounds so refreshing! Perfect for a party!

  16. love a nice cocktail after work! this one's on the menu for Sat. night I think...

  17. Looks delicious! I can almost taste it from your description!

  18. Dear Barbara, This would be delicious with or without the vodka. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  19. I love that description, "the juice of a few flowers"! The drink looks great.

  20. All the citrus in this sounds absolutely delightful! THe perfect cocktail!

  21. Beautiful citrus flavours, on a sunny day this must go down an absolute treat.
    *kisses* H

  22. How perfectly refreshing! That flavor profile sounds incredible.

  23. Hi Barbara,

    We have a very hot afternoon over here and that drink would go down a treat.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend

  24. I made this lovely cocktail & loved it so much, so did my husband Peter! x

  25. Beautiful cocktail! Very springlike and quite Inaish. Happy Thursday, Barbara! (I'm a little behind here.)

  26. Came back to say I loved the first post. I'm a long-time, huge Hemingway fan--and have read much of the surrounding biographical and historical material as well. What a treat! Thanks.



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