Does mixology now require a green thumb? Perhaps—because edible flowers are appearing in more cocktails these days. They add an earthy, sweet component that can really brighten a drink.
Don’t worry, though: You don’t have to be a gardener to utilize the flavor of flowers. Many edible buds are available in grocery stores, and there are multiple flower-based liqueurs to choose from if you don’t have time to tiptoe through the tulips in search of cocktail ingredients.
These are some of the most intriguing—and eye-catching—floral recipes from around the web.
The craft beer industry has fully bloomed, and it was only a matter of time before flowers got involved. Flavorful, fruity brews and beer ’tails always hit the spot. How about changing it up with equally refreshing hibiscus? This cocktail is made with a hibiscus syrup that gives Seasonal Bad Hare Amber Ale a rich and beautiful pink hue, and gin to provide a one-two boozy punch. Feel free to experiment with various beers on this one. Get the recipe.
Fresh, minty Mojitos are a staple during the hot spring and summer months. The drink is already a garden of fresh mint and is often served with a garnish of sugar cane, so why not keep adding plant life to this famous cocktail? An elderflower liqueur like St-Germain will lend a unique sweetness to the Mojito, and garnishing with edible flowers will add beautiful color. Get the recipe.
Lavender is constantly touted for its relaxing properties, and with good reason. It has a refreshing and calming smell that is often used in aromatherapy. Bourbon can also be relaxing, in a different way. How better to take the edge off after a long day than with a mixture of the two? Plus, the vanilla and lavender combination in this cocktail is a great alternative to the fruity flavors that can dominate your drinking. Get the recipe.
Bartender Sean Patrick Riley was challenged to make a cocktail using dandelion as part of The Chicago Reader’s Cocktail Challenge series, and he delivered with this concoction. The gin-based cocktail is reminiscent of something you may have found in an apothecary, using a simple syrup made from dandelion root tea, Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Dandelion & Burdock Bitters and tonic water. The best part? This is one floral cocktail that can be made any time of year—even before the dandelions take over your yard. Get the recipe.
The beloved rose pops up in almost every flower arrangement, on almost every special occasion. Now, it’s popping up in cocktails in the form of an aromatic and flavorful rose liqueur. Use rose petals in this recipe for fresh flower liqueur to create your own. This particular cocktail mixes the stuff with gin, bitters and lychee juice. Get the recipe.
Chamomile might be synonymous with tea, but it is still a flower. Its beautiful buds look like little daisies, and have an earthy flavor that goes perfectly with sweet honey and whiskey. This easy-to-make drink is a light way to enjoy bourbon. Simply add boiling water to chamomile tea bags, honey and bourbon and let the magic happen. Get the recipe.
Flowers and champagne are always present when there’s something to celebrate. This cocktail puts them both in one glass. Make your own frozen berry puree or use store bought sorbet to make this drink cold, sweet and purple. The Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur adds a floral essence, and champagne tops things off festively. Get the recipe.