Tropical flavours such as pineapple, lime and coconut are probably what you would expect to sip in a spring cocktail, but why not step up your drink recipes by adding a floral element in your beverages?
Floral cocktails are a blossoming trend, and there's no better time than now to try your hand at these refreshing, efflorescent drink mixes!
1. Lavender Collins
Ingredients: 60ml Gin, 45ml fresh lemon juice, 30ml lavender syrup, 90ml sparkling water
Pour the gin, lemon juice and lavender syrup into a cocktail shaker and mix. Add 2-3 ice cubes into a Collins glass, strain the cocktail mix and then top with sparkling water. Garnish with a sprig of lavender.
2. Champagne Rose
Ingredients: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1 cup dried (pesticide-free) rose petals, Champagne
Proceed to make the rose syrup by adding sugar and water into a saucepan, stirring and simmering until the sugar is dissolved. Add the rose petals and leave simmering on a low heat for about five minutes.
Remove the pan from the element and allow to steep for half an hour. Pour through a strainer to remove solids and put the syrup into the fridge.
When the syrup is nicely chilled, pour into a flute and top with Champagne.
3. Elderflower Martini
Ingredients: 50ml Vodka, 25ml elderflower cordial, 50ml pear juice, pear slice
Fill a shaker with ice cubes and pour in all the ingredients (excluding the pear slice). Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the pear slice.
4. Hibiscus Cocktail
Ingredients: ½ cup honey, ½ cup hot water, ¼ dried hibiscus, 120ml dry sparkling wine
Prepare the hibiscus syrup first by combining the ingredients. Allow this mix to steep until the syrup is cooled.
Pour 20ml of hibiscus syrup into a Champagne flute and then add 120ml of dry sparkling wine.