Wait. What’s Florida Water?
Florida water is a traditional American cologne water recipe adopted by southern practitioners of the hoodoo and voodoo tradition to cleanse the home and use in ritual.
You can put it in a spray bottle as a spiritual “disinfectant,” anoint doors and windows with it, use it in place of holy water or pour it into a bowl and place it on the altar for offering.
There are dozens, maybe hundreds of recipes for florida water.
Rather than give you a straight up recipe, I’ll show you how to customize it according to what you have on hand.
Despite the name, it is not a water-based potion.
Most people use vodka to steep the herbs and flowers.
I recommend the cheap stuff. As cheap as you can get. Bottom shelf. I’ve tried top-shelf vodka to make this, and it’s just a waste of top-shelf vodka. In my opinion, it really doesn’t make much difference in the final result.
Choose at least two items from each group:
4 parts fresh mint
4 parts fresh basil
4 parts fresh rosemary
3 parts rose petals (fresh)
3 parts jasmine (dried or fresh)
3 parts lavender (dried)
2 parts lemon peel
2 parts orange peel
2 parts lime peel
1 part allspice berries
1 part cinnamon sticks
1 part cloves
Put the vodka on low heat. Add the dry ingredients and allow them to simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients. Simmer on low for an addition 40 minutes.
And there you have it! Blessed be!