Summer is starting to wrap up (we know, we know—we don’t want to admit it either). So we’re going to soak up every last moment by spending as much time outside in the sun as possible (with SPF, of course) with our closest friends. And what better way than with a cocktail in hand and surrounded by flowers? Follow along for our Official Enjoy Flowers Summer Cocktail PLUS three other delicious floral beverages to add some bubbles to your summer days.
The Power of (Edible) Flowers
Edible flowers are the perfect cocktail ingredient as they add a pop of color and can be incorporated dried, candied, or fresh. When selecting a floral garnish, before considering the aroma and flavor profile, first ensure that the variety is edible.
Note: While we are recommending different flowers to incorporate into your summer cocktails, double-check that the variety you select is safe for human consumption and that it has been carefully cleaned. Even if a flower or herb is technically edible, you’ll want to avoid it if it’s had contact with pesticides or herbicides.
Now onto the fun: sipping cocktails in the sun!
Featured Flower: The Sunflower
The entire sunflower bloom—from stalk to seed—is edible. The flavor of its petals can be bitter, so it’s best to soften the sharpness with hints of citrus. Once you’ve used part of the sunflower for your cocktail, don’t toss out the rest. Instead, roast the seeds and enjoy them as a healthy, protein-heavy summer snack.
Without further ado, here is the Official Enjoy Flowers Summer Cocktail!
Enjoy Sun 🌻 Flowers
This cocktail is reminiscent of the beloved French 75 thanks to its perfect balance of sweet and sour. The difference? This one has a different kind of twist and, in our opinion, is quite a bit prettier!
1 – Add the gin, St-Germain, and ice to a cocktail shaker and shake for 30 seconds.
2 – Strain the chilled mixture into a champagne coupe (so there’s room for the flower) and add your sparkling wine.
3 – Garnish with a sunflower head and a twist of lemon.
Cheers! We hope you Enjoy Sun🌻Flowers as much as we do.
Featured Flower: The Hibiscus
The hibiscus is a tropical flower with large, bright petals (yes, it’s this emoji 🌺). When the flower is dried and mixed with water, a sweet, cranberry-like flavor is released. This entirely edible flower can be used in jams, fresh salads, and teas. Thanks to its punch of Vitamin C, the hibiscus also boasts healing properties.
Hi 👋 Biscus Margarita
This delicious and stunning cocktail is a twist on a summer essential. It’s always 5:00 somewhere, and today, that somewhere is here!
1 – Prepare the simple syrup by bringing 1 part water, 1 part sugar and 1 part dried hibiscus flowers to a soft boil.
2 – Continually stir until the sugar has dissolved.
3 – Remove from heat and let syrup reach room temperature.
4 – Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice for 30 seconds.
5 – Strain into a glass with or without ice (depending on how you prefer to drink margaritas).
6 – Add lime slices and crushed hibiscus as a garnish!
Enjoy super cold—salud!
Featured Flower: The Rose
While many roses are edible, not all are, so be sure to research the variety before using it. The flavor profile of a rose can range from bitter to sweet to spicy, so factor that in when choosing which roses to infuse into your cocktails.
Rose 🌹a Glass
If we had to describe this cocktail in one word, it would be “uber-refreshing”—or, wait, is that two?
1 – Combine gin and rose syrup over ice.
2 – Top drink off with sparking lemonade.
3 – Garnish with rose petals.
And voilà, you’ve got summer in a glass!
Featured Flower: Chamomile
The chamomile herb is a daisy-like flower with healing properties that can help calm nerves and naturally ease you to sleep. It gives off a tart apple flavor with a slight hint of grass and herbs.
Summertime 🥂 Wine
Of all these recipes, this one takes the longest—we’re talking a week! It’s totally worth it because this wine can last up to a year once prepared.
1 – Pour wine into a glass bottle.
2 – Add the chamomile flowers and zest. (We like to use the zest of an entire orange.)
3 – Close the bottle and let steep.
4 – After a week, strain the wine to remove the flowers and zest.
5 – Add honey or other sweetener to taste.
Be prepared to be one with nature and in super summer mode with a floral cocktail in hand. We’d love to see how your cocktails come out! Be sure to tag us on Instagram and we’ll feature your summer shots on our story.
Cheers, flower fam!