Desperately seeking an emergency flare of color during winter? Channel more forgiving temperatures with roses, violets and elderflowers in your glass. A splash of hibiscus tea or crème de violette can add playful dimension to your winter cocktail lineup—a welcome turn of events during a long run of Toddys. Your garden may be cold and bare, but your bar cart is still in full bloom, so get to pruning.
A variation on a White Lady, this gin-based Sour carries crème de violette, orange flower water and edible flower petals, with blue curaçao as the crown jewel. The colorful orange liqueur is poured last to complete the cocktail, a tribute to the long-term ghostly guest of Louisville’s Seelbach Hotel.
This Kentucky-born rose offers a full-scale floral fix, thanks to its secret ingredient Esprit de June. The delicate liqueur is crafted from the vine flowers of Ugni Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet and other grape varieties, which only blossom for a few short days in June. Paired with bourbon, grenadine and bitters, the fruity liqueur invokes the bright flavors of summer—even in the middle of a blizzard.
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