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Spring is in full bloom and as the warm breezes blow through, we can’t help but daydream about all of the barbecues and a pool side parties to come. One of our favorite ways to celebrate the season is with good friends, the great out doors and refreshing cocktails. The sunny skies, colorful gardens and soft scent of fresh flowers only fuel our excitement.

It should come as no surprise that we are also fully on board with one of 2017’s most popular trends. Florals. They are trending across the board this season not only in fashion and home décor, but in our recipes as well. Inviting these subtle flavors into your kitchen can add a bright, aromatic and fresh twist on some of your favorite seasonal dishes and beverages. Incorporating ingredients such as lavender, lilac, rose and elderberry flower will bring a new depth of flavor to both sweet and savory dishes. They also pair perfectly with your favorite fruity beverages.

This list of invigorating and crisp cocktail recipes is sure to keep you cool and satiated all season long. Light and bright citrus, sweet and tangy berries, and a touch of fizzy fun make these beautiful concoctions the perfect compliment to all your party dishes and brunch conversations. Want to forgo the booze but keep the flavors? Replace the alcohol with fresh juices and sparkling waters that will compliment your drink of choice.

It’s time to fire up the grill, gather your crew and embrace all the fresh floral flavors that the spring season has to offer! You relax and leave the moving to the pros.

Pink Lemonade Moscato

This boozy take on a classic beverage will have you longing for a day on the beach. Sweet berries, tart lemonade and a crisp sparkling moscato join forces in this simple and insanely refreshing cocktail.

Recipe: https://www.thetaylor-house.com/moscato-pink-lemonade/#_a5y_p=3592079

The Garden Party

Looking for a more elevated cocktail to impress your party guests? Look no further than this blushing beauty. Lavender infused vodka meets elderflower liqueur in this equally stunning and delicious libation.

Recipe: https://www.thegooddrink.com/garden-party-floral-fizz/

Ginger Honey Switchel

A kick of fresh ginger combined with the rich sweetness of honey is one of my favorite combinations. The surprising addition of apple cider vinegar brings a bright and tangy layer of flavor to this poolside ready cocktail.

Recipe: https://healthfullyeverafter.co/food-nutrition-recipe-blog/2017/3/24/spring-switchel-drink

The Lilac Cocktail

This richly hued beverage is as lovely to look at, as it is to drink. Sweet berry flavors coupled with white rum and homemade lilac syrup will make a bold impression at any event. Serve over frozen berries for an even more refreshing and beautiful experience.

Recipe: https://www.sowanddipity.com/lilac-cocktail-recipe/

Grapefruit and Sage Mimosa

When in doubt, go with mimosas. You can’t fail with a good champagne and citrus combo. Grapefruit brings a new spring inspired flavor to this traditional favorite. Muddle a sage leaf into the bottom of your glass for a fun and surprising twist that is sure to impress.

Recipe: https://shannonkirsten.blogspot.com/2014/05/weekend-cocktail-grapefruit-sage-mimosa.html#_a5y_p=5233136

By Janysh Osmon

25 May 2021