When the drink cart looks more like a flower arrangement than a bar, it’s safe to say spring is here. Elegant and delicate, floral-inspired cocktails offer a refreshing welcome to the warmer season.
“You taste springtime,” says Ross Hardigan, beverage manager at Montage Palmetto Bluff, when referring to the lavender lemonade martini at Jessamine. “I always think back to smells and tastes for certain times of the year. Lavender and honeysuckle are definitely mine for spring.” And while lavender is a favorite, a wealth of beautiful blossoms with exciting flavors like rosemary, lilac and jasmine can make an appearance in these handcrafted cocktails.
Pairing well with a range of spirits, there are many ways to incorporate flowers and herbs into a spring libation. Whether it’s the addition of floral-infused simple syrups like hibiscus or elderflower, or a splash of rose water for an elevated flavor, these cocktails bring artistry to the glass.
Beyond what goes into the cocktail, garden garnishes add the perfect finishing touch for a memorable aperitif. Some feature produce like berries and citrus peels crafted to look like a flower, while others incorporate delicate edible petals to admire in between sips. These floral favorites might not give you a green thumb, but their nuanced flavors and charm will have you relishing the arrival of spring.
These handcrafted cocktails from Montage Hotels & Resorts feature spring-inspired flavors that are sure to delight. Enjoy these recipes at home this season.
A mix of Bombay Sapphire gin, hibiscus and persimmon shrub, kumquat marmalade, elderflower simple syrup, lemon juice and sparkling wine, the Roselle is a sophisticated cocktail selection. Garnished with a raspberry wrapped in a lemon twist to resemble a flower, the libation is perfect for enjoying while looking out over the Pacific.
1 ounce Bombay Sapphire gin
.75 ounce hibiscus/persimmons shrub
.5 ounce kumquat marmalade
.75 ounce elderflower simple
.5 ounce lemon juice
Combine all ingredients into a mixing tin, shake and strain into a rocks glass. Finish with sparkling wine. Garnish raspberry wrapped with a lemon twist to resemble a flower.
With a touch of rose water, this refreshing cocktail is elevated from a simple selection to a springtime favorite. Served in a chilled martini glass, the rose water is combined with vodka, St-Germain liqueur, lemon and cranberry juice. This seasonal specialty gives Montage Kapalua Bay guests a reason to say “cheers.”
1.5 ounces vodka
.75 ounce St. Germain liqueur
.5 ounce rose water
.5 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce cranberry juice
Add vodka, liqueur and juices into a cocktail shaker filled with cubes of ice. Shake, strain and pour into chilled martini glass. Add a floral garnish and serve.
This light, bright cocktail features fresh lavender as well as lavender-infused simple syrup, which offers a scent that lingers on Palmetto Bluff’s light breeze. The lavender’s combination with fresh-squeezed lemonade and High Wire Distilling Co.’s Hometown Vodka makes it ideal for sipping while relaxing on a porch, taking in the serene scenes of the area.
1.5 ounces fresh squeeze lemonade
2 ounces High Wire Vodka
.5 ounce lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
Combine all ingredients with ice in a shaker, shake vigorously. Strain into martini glass with sugared rim and garnish with a lemon slice.
Lavender simple syrup
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
8 sprigs of lavender
Dissolve sugar in water and allow lavender sprigs to soak in closed container of sugar water for 2-3 days infusing lavender essence. Allowing to sit longer will enhance the lavender flavor.
Visitors to the Après Lounge & Beach Club can order Veuve Clicquot’s new Rich Champagne. Distributed exclusively in select cities around the U.S., including Park City, Utah (at Montage Deer Valley), the luxury brand’s new Champagne is made for mixology. Combine your favorite flavors—including fennel, cracked pepper, rosemary, thyme and lavender—with ice and a pour of Veuve Clicquot Rich.
A vodka lover’s dream, the Absolut Flower is a refreshing libation with a floral component that is tied together with a burst of lemon. A medley of Absolut Elyx (a luxury vodka from Sweden), yellow chartreuse and crème de violette, the spring selection is served chilled with delicately placed flower petals on top for a cocktail that is as gorgeous as it is delicious.
2 ounces Absolut Elyx
.25 ounce Yellow Chartreuse
.25 ounce Crème De Violette
Glassware: Frozen Coupe
Garnish: Micro flowers
Stir in mixing glass
By Briana Verdugo