There’s a wall near where I live that’s covered in vines, and this time of year it blossoms with the most fragrant little white flowers I’ve ever smelled. They remind me of a similar flower I smelled at one of the places I visited during my honeymoon in New Zealand. That sweet smell is so refreshing and I’m ready for a cocktail that reminds me of those flowers.
DIY Floral Syrups
Before you can get a whiff of spring’s sweet embrace, you’ll need to do a little work. It will be well worth the effort! Homemade syrups let you try new flavors you can’t find anywhere else and if you’re hosting, you’ll be the talk of the town. These three recipes on The Chalkboard will get you started with the classic floral flavors of hibiscus, rose petal, and lavender.
Rose Petal Gimlet
The gimlet is almost as springy as you can get. Why not add roses into the mix! Gin, citrus, and soft pink rose undertones are perfect for a sunset out on the porch. I can smell it right now…
2 oz Gin
¾ oz fresh lime juice
¾ oz rose petal syrup
Rose petal to garnish
Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and add the gin, juice, and syrup. Stir while you count to 100 and think about the fresh spring breeze outside. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and gently place a rose petal on the surface of your drink. Enjoy!
Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail
The best drinks are the simplest drinks, and you can’t get any simpler than 2 ingredients. The champagne brings the bubbles and the hooch, the hibiscus brings the seasonal flair.
4 oz chilled champagne or prosecco
¾ oz hibiscus syrup
Pour your syrup into the bottom of an empty champagne flute. Add your bubbly just so that the syrup doesn’t stay settled at the bottom and that the bubbles don’t overflow. If you’re being extra fancy (pinky out) add your hibiscus petal to the bottom of the flute before you add the syrup. But these go down so quick that you’ll scarcely remember to do so!
Lavender Bee’s Knees
Its springtime, so obviously I’m going to make another gin drink. This one’s as classic as they come so you really can’t get it wrong. All the players are natural friends and even those who turn their nose up at gin might enjoy it.
2 oz gin
¾ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
¾ oz lavender honey syrup
1 lavender sprig
Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and add the gin, juice, and syrup. Stir while you count to 100 and consider just how tasty honey is. That poo had it right. Anyway, back to the drink! Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with your lavender sprig. If you think this is almost exactly like the gimlet, you’re right. Limes for gimlets, lemons and honey for bee’s knees. But why not have both!
Are you looking forward to some floral cocktails? Let us know in the comments below.