17 Floral Cocktails That Are *Almost* Too Pretty to Drink
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17 Floral Cocktails That Are *Almost* Too Pretty to Drink

There are few moments more uplifting than when it finally comes time for all of the gorgeous buds of spring to start blooming. Since you’re already familiar with edible flower recipes, you *need* to become acquainted with floral cocktails as well. All of these stunning libations would be perfect for a spring bridal shower or even a simple romantic picnic in the park (what’s more romantic than rose petal sangria?). Get your bar cart stocked and your garden watered, because these 17 flower cocktails will keep you bartending all spring and summer long.

1. Aviation: The Aviation is a classic cocktail invented in the early nineteenth century by a bartender in NYC. It’s a gin-based cocktail that gets its lavender hue from crème de violette. Garnish with an edible violet for a vintage cocktail that’s downright sexy. (via Honestly Yum)

2. Bachelor’s Button Martini: Lucky for you, these pretty buds (AKA cornflowers) are found in most flower gardens. To make this drink you’ll need Lillet Blanc, a French aperitif made mainly from macerated citrus liqueur. Based on the name and girly presentation of this cocktail, it would be great for a classy bachelorette party pre-game. (via Anthropologie)

3. Borage and Pansy Cocktail: Anyone else think this cocktail is giving off major Alice in Wonderland vibes? Maybe it’s the pansies, but this one would be a super fun treat to whip up for any girls’ night in. (via Anthropologie)

4. Chamomile Infused Wine: What do you do with that big bouquet of chamomile? Don’t just stick it in a vase to die — make infused wine out of it! Between the calming effects of the chamomile and the wine, you’re in for a super chill evening after your first glass. (via She Who Eats)

5. Edible Flower Lemon Jello Shots: You’ve never seen Jell-O shots this elegant. If you’re throwing a DIY backyard spring wedding, you have to have these for the reception. Plus, it would be a fun activity to get all of the bridesmaids involved in. (via Sugar & Cloth)

6. Spring Flowers Cocktail With Lilac Syrup: This rum cocktail is infused with lilac syrup, lime and crème de violette. The mix of tropical and floral makes it an essential cocktail for your spring staycation. (via DIY in PDX)

7. The Garden Gimlet: This basil and borage cocktail is a gardener’s dream. The plant has a flavor similar to sweet cucumber, and goes perfectly with fresh basil. Paired with a few glugs of gin, it’ll make a cocktail fit for anyone with a green thumb. (via The Ranger’s Daughter)

8. Golden Jasmine Martini: Jasmine tea lovers will rejoice over this martini. Serve as a lovely aperitif before a flavorful Asian dinner to complement the flavors in your meal. (via Cook Eat Live Vegetarian)

9. Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail: Hibiscus is one of the more well-known florals to use in cocktails and cooking. They even come conveniently packaged in jars with their own syrup. All you need is your favorite Champagne or Prosecco to enjoy this fragrant glass of bubbly. (via Olivia’s Cuisine)

10. June Blush Cocktail: Rose water is a versatile product that can be used in everything from skincare to cupcakes. Mixed with gin, ginger liqueur and lemon juice, it makes a beautiful cocktail that you could serve at high tea. DIY sugared rose petals add a lovely touch. (via Freutcake)

11. Lavender Bee’s Knees: This prohibition-era classic sounds like the perfect pre-bedtime cocktail. Snuggle up with this lavender and gin nightcap and a good book for the perfect springtime evening. (via Honestly Yum)

12. Lilac Lemon Fizz: If you like a drink with bubbles, than this cocktail is for you. It’s bright and refreshing, which is great for when the days start to get a little bit warmer. Try freezing lilac blossoms in an ice cube tray for an elegant garnish. (via The Merry Thought)

13. Rose Martini: You have to try this martini. White Crème de Cacao contributes a light chocolate and vanilla flavor that really balances the floral from the rose water. The combination is breathtaking and will amaze anyone you make it for. (via Design Sponge)

14. Wild Rose Petal Sangria: For this sangria you’ll need a bottle of rosé (obviously), elderflower liqueur and rose syrup. For maximum rose flavor, you’ll want to steep your petals in syrup overnight. Don’t worry — it’s worth it. (via Feasting at Home)

15. Elderflower Strawberry Bubbles: This refreshing drink is a simple combo of elderflower syrup and strawberries, with Prosecco and club soda added on top. It can be made in bulk, so it’s a great choice for spring parties. (via Look What I Made)

16. Summer’s Garden: Rose geranium is the signature flower of this cocktail. They’re steeped in simple syrup, then muddled with fresh blackberries for an unbelievable matchup. Shake with gin and pour in a rocks glass for a stunning afternoon treat. (via Neighborhood Kitchen)

17. Zesty Mint Virgin Cocktail: You can still enjoy the fresh garden flavors of spring, even if you don’t drink (or you’re preggo). This mint and elderflower mocktail is a great way to join in the party with zero alcohol involved. If you do fancy adding a bit of booze to it, rum would be a great choice. Just sayin’. (via Kiku Corner)

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