DIY Floral Simple Syrups + Cocktails for Spring

Springtime is in full swing. Flowers are blooming, days are rainy, days are full of sunshine + it is DEFINITELY getting warmer. Rain or shine, we are all for celebrating these longer, warmer days with a refreshing Spring Cocktail.

One of our favorite Purely ways to enjoy cocktails is to FIRST make our own simple syrups. That way we can control the amount of sugar and the ingredients used. Because let’s be real a lot of cocktails can be huge sugar-bombs, and it all starts with the syrup.

If a DIY syrup sounds intimidating, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with 3 DIY Floral Syrup recipes that make being your own bartender so so simple. And to make use of all the homemade syrups you’ll have, we also have 3 Spring Cocktail recipes for you!


THE SYRUPS

Hibiscus Lemongrass Syrup

Yield: Approximately 2 cups

1 cup water

1 cup light honey

4 tbsp dried hibiscus flowers or 2 tbsp hibiscus tea blend

2 tbsp sliced lemongrass root

In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients and heat to a low simmer. Stir and let simmer for an additional 5-7 minutes. Let cool slightly, strain, and pour into a jar or bottle of your choice. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Rose Syrup

Yield: Approximately 2 cups

1 cup water

1 cup light honey

1/2 cup rose water

1/2 cup rose petals (optional- but will give the syrup a pretty pink hue)

In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients and heat to a low simmer. Stir and let simmer for an additional 5-7 minutes. Let cool slightly, strain, and pour into a jar or bottle of your choice. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Lavender Syrup

Yield: Approximately 2 cups

1 cup water

1 cup light honey

4-5 tbsp dried lavender buds

In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients and heat to a low simmer. Stir and let simmer for an additional 5-7 minutes. Let cool slightly, strain, and pour into a jar or bottle of your choice. Refrigerate until ready to use.

THE COCKTAILS

Vanilla Rose Sparkler | purely elizabeth

Vanilla Rose Sparkler

2 tablespoons rose syrup 1/2 cup Prosecco 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped 3 basil ice cubes Place vanilla bean and rose syrup in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Pour rose mixture into your glass of choice, followed by the Prosecco. Add basil ice cubes, stir and enjoy.

Lavender Mint Julep | purely elizabeth

Lavender Mint Julep

2 tbsp lavender simple syrup 1/2 cup mint crushed ice 2 oz. bourbon In a sturdy cocktail glass, combine mint and simple syrup. Use a muddler to crush together mint and simple syrup. Fill the glass completely with crushed ice (can be made by putting ice cubes in a vitamix or blender). Pour bourbon over top and enjoy immediately.

Hibiscus Lemongrass Fizz | purely elizabeth

Hibiscus Lemongrass Fizz

2 tbsp hibiscus lemongrass syrup 1/2 cup ginger ale 1 tbsp lime juice 2 oz vodka Combine all ingredients in a glass of choice. Garnish with large ice cubes. CHEERS!!
April 21, 2017 — Brigid McEntee
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