12 Floral Cocktail Recipes to Make Right Now

Add some fragrance to your favorite cocktail

Splashing in a little something floral is a great little trick for enhancing your cocktails. Try adding a floral liqueur, essence, or syrup to cocktails for added depth and complexity. It's not just vodka or clear liquors that take well to florals; try adding a blossom to your rye or whiskey drink. Flavors like lavender, violet, and elderflower make for excellent liqueurs and syrups, which we love to substitute in as a sweetener. From a gorgeous champagne cocktail crowned with a single hibiscus flower to a fragrant twist on the classic old-fashioned, we've rounded up our favorite floral cocktail recipes.

Floral Old Fashioned
Floral Old Fashioned Cocktail
Floral Old Fashioned CocktailMatt Taylor-Gross

Cameron Johnston of Gleneagles Hotel designed this drink for those who don't usually go for a Scotch drink; chamomile syrup and Dalwhinnie 15 combine for a delicate cocktail with a still-smoky finish. Get the recipe for Floral Old Fashioned »

Sakura Martini
Sakura Martini
Sakura MartiniMatt Taylor-Gross

Tokyo native Kenta Goto of Bar Goto in New York City has elevated the once-maligned saketini to a state of floral elegance by mixing Plymouth gin with oak-aged Junmai sake, sweet maraschino liqueur, and salted cherry blossoms. Get the recipe for Sakura Martini »

Antilles Cocktail
Antilles cocktail
Antilles cocktailLaura Sant

Orange flower water makes a wonderful accent to armagnac's notes of dried fruit and vanilla; combined with vermouth, the result is a delicately sweet, subtly floral cocktail that's perfect as an after-dinner drink. Get the recipe for the Antilles Cocktail »

Rose & Rye
Rose & Rye
Rose & RyeMatt Taylor-Gross

Rose's Luxury in Washington, D.C. makes this sprightly, pretty cocktail, a mix of rye, rose-tinged simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and bitters. Get the recipe for Rose & Rye »

Everything's Coming Up Rosé
Everything's Coming Up Rosé
Everything's Coming Up RoséMatt Taylor-Gross

This bright fuchsia aperitivo mixes tannic hibiscus tea, sweet Lillet Rosé, and dry rosé with a hit of prosecco. Get the recipe for Everything's Coming Up Rosé »

Water Lily
Water Lily
Water LilyLaura Sant

Crème de violette adds sweetness and an arresting purple color to a tart mix of gin, lemon juice, and triple sec in a cocktail based on one from Manhattan bar PDT. Get the recipe for Water Lily »

Birds and Bees
Birds and bees cocktail
Birds and BeesLaura Sant

A syrup made with honey and chamomile tea mellows the fresh lemon juice in a gin cocktail from Juan Coronado of South Beach restaurant The Bazaar.

Pendennis Cocktail
Pendennis Cocktail
Pendennis CocktailMatt Taylor-Gross

Pretty in pink with a delicate froth, this apricot-gin cocktail has a mesmerizing balance of floral, citrus, and fruity flavors. Get the recipe for Pendennis Cocktail »

Lavender Paloma
Lavender Paloma
Lavender PalomaLaura Sant

Our twist on the classic tequila and grapefruit cocktail uses mezcal, fresh grapefruit juice, and lavender simple syrup for a drink that's simultaneously smoky, bright, and floral. Get the recipe for Lavender Paloma »

Elderflower Old Fashioned
Elderflower Old Fashioned
Elderflower Old FashionedLaura Sant

Elderflower liqueur replaces the traditional sugar cube in this floral twist on an old favorite. Get the recipe for Elderflower Old Fashioned »

Blooming Champagne Cocktail
Hibiscus rose champagne cocktail
Blooming Champagne CocktailLaura Sant

A single hibiscus flower scented with a drop or two of rose water turns a simple glass of sparkling wine into a show-stopping cocktail. Get the recipe for the Blooming Champagne Cocktail »

Ultimate Gin and Tonic
Ultimate Gin and Tonic
Ultimate Gin and TonicTodd Coleman

Citrus wheels and edible flowers lend beautiful color to a classic gin and tonic. Get the recipe for Ultimate Gin and Tonic