There’s something about botanical cocktails that makes me want to let my hair down and sing the Herbal Essences song like it’s 2002. But I’ll spare you the vocals — and the shower scene — and just say they have me very excited.
I will serve up these amazing botanical cocktail recipes at a Mother’s Day brunch, a baby or bridal shower, or any other occasion where pretty presentation falls right up there with taste and booziness on the list of priorities. Cheers, y’all!
Top image: Rose Sangria from Sugar and Charm
I don’t care what Paul Hollywood says on The Great British Baking Show. I love lavender, and I’m adding the ingredients for this Lavender Collins recipe at Cali Girl Cooking to my shopping list ASAP. Who’s with me? And since this low-maintenance botanical cocktail only calls for 5 ingredients, it won’t be hard to recreate.
I find myself craving hibiscus almost daily during the high summer months in Nashville, so this extra refreshing Spiked Hibiscus Iced Tea recipe at Killing Thyme caught my eye immediately. Because it’s tea-based, this botanical cocktail recipe is casual enough to drink at a backyard barbecue, or really anywhere good guacamole is served.
What’s even better than the imminently trendy rosé? I’m gonna go with this gorgeous-looking Lavender Rosé Spritzer recipe at Amanda’s Cookin’, which looks perfectly light and not overly boozy. Which means you can help yourself to a second glass of this botanical cocktail, even at brunch.
The honeysuckle bushes in our backyard get a little overzealous this time of year, so I was especially psyched to discover this Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade recipe, which includes a tutorial for DIY honeysuckle vodka that you can make with flowers from your own yard if you’re feeling extra Martha-y. But it’s so simple! Find the whole recipe at The View from Great Island.
So yes, most people associate chamomile with sleepy-time tea, but there’s nothing soporific about this Chamomile Raspberry Coconut Cream Soda recipe at With Food + Love. It looks like the perfect cocktail/dessert/smoothie, and I’m so here for it. Just make sure to make a non-alcoholic version for your kids because they’re definitely going to want a sip — or 20.
As far as botanical cocktail recipes, I’m relatively obsessed with the presentation of this crowd-perfect Rose Sangria from Sugar and Charm. I like that you can substitute other fruits for the citrus, too, depending on what’s in season. Just don’t try to change the rosé; it’s the real star of the show here.