Spring and Summer Cocktail Recipes

Celebrate warm weather ahead with these pretty, floral cocktails.

Waterlilies

Waterlilies

Photo by: Image Courtesy of Justin Hersker

Image Courtesy of Justin Hersker

It's hard to think of anything on this planet better than flowers.

Except maybe flowers topping a delicious, floral-infused craft cocktail.

To celebrate another year of the Philadelphia Flower Show that city's mixologists came up with an inspired litany of artful sips. Bar 210's Amy Farrell created an homage to French Impressionist Claude Monet's Water Lilies masterworks.

“When I think of the blend between art and nature, I remember Claude Monet's Water Lilies," says Farrell.  "This particular martini blends gin, floral cordials and color as the base for the floating lilies and becomes a modern Impressionist libation.”

Water Lilies Cocktail 

  • 2 ounces Blue Coat Gin
  • ½ ounce St. Germain
  • ½ ounce grapefruit juice
  • ¼ ounce Crème de Violette
  • Top with Marquis de la Tour Brut sparkling wine

Method

Shake all the ingredients with ice and add the Marquis de la Tour on the top of the cocktail. Serve in a martini glass with edible flowers for garnish.

Flower Poem

By Papi Hurtado and Michelle Martinez, The Library Bar

  • 2 ounces Belvedere Intense
  • ½ ounce St. Germain
  • ½ ounce white cranberry juice
  • ¼ ounce yuzu juice
  • ¼ ounce pineapple Juice
  • Top with Marquis de la Tour Brut sparkling wine

Method

Shake all the ingredients with ice and add the sparkling wine on the top of the cocktailServe in a martini glass and garnish with edible white flowers.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Wed Wabbit Cocktail Recipe

If Elmer Fudd asked Bugs Bunny to make him a cocktail, it might be something like this concoction.

Frozen Irish Banana Cocktail Recipe

Didn't know they grew bananas in Ireland did you? Well typically they don't, but it does make for a refreshing and delicious concoction that can be enjoyed at the Frangipani Beach Resort in Anguilla. Now you can try it at home. Serves two.

The Frozen "Texas Twister" Cocktail Recipe

The first name in frozen drinks is often margarita.

Frozen Margie-Cadorita Cocktail Recipe

Guacamole and tortilla chips are the perfect amigos for margaritas, and this version includes guacamole's essential element. Serves one.

Oyster Bar Bloody Mary Cocktail Recipe

Bloody Mary cocktails are great for tailgate parties because they pair well with so many kinds of dishes. Many say the drink is a dish in itself.

Texican Tailgate Cocoa Freeze Cocktail Recipe

Craving hot chocolate but the temperature outside is 100 degrees in the shade? Consider cooling your tailgaters off with this chilly drink. You'll need a blender to make this one, so pack one for the party.

The Bloody Clam Cocktail Recipe

This is my runner-up for best Bloody Mary, a hearty drink with a hint of the sea. Serves one.

Frozen Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

This is the perfect Southern way to celebrate and cool off this summer.

5 Custom Cocktails You Need This Summer

For your next summer party, upgrade from plastic coolers and drink mixes to custom cocktails that are easy to make and even easier to enjoy.

Big-Batch Summer Cocktail: Lime in the Coconut

This summery take on the classic vodka soda is refreshing, tasty and oh-so-easy to whip up for a crowd. Perfect for your next poolside party!