We love all kinds of garnishes, whether a drink is topped with a bouquet of fresh fruits or fun, inedible props. But we particularly love flower garnishes—maybe because we often end up perching them behind our ears or placing them in our lapels as we drink down the last few sips of the beverages they adorned. Here, eight cocktails garnished with flowers for the prettiest happy hour ever.
8 Cocktails Garnished with Flowers for the Prettiest Happy Hour
This gorgeous summer sipper is a frozen take on one of our favorite tropical cocktails, the Painkiller. When garnished with a bright, beautiful orchid, the drink goes from poolside staple to impressive party drink.
fresh pineapple juice
Sunny days will always be at your fingertips when you cradle this dazzling drink in hand. Marigold-infused vodka and a floral garnish bring you the feeling of a garden party, even if your outdoor situation is nothing but a fire escape.
fresh Lemon Juice
Bee Pollen Honey
Ingredients like Batavia Arrack, kalamansi puree and sorrel give this refreshing libation its exotic flavor, but it gets its dark hue from activated charcoal. Against that black background, a bright orchid garnish creates an eye-catching juxtaposition that’s worthy of anyone’s ‘Gram.
Boiron Kalamansi purée
While you could totally serve this berry Frosé sans garnish, we think it’s much prettier when adorned with tiny daisies. Take our advice and relish in the sound of “oohs” and “aahs” filling the air when you present this big batch recipe to your friends.
Named after the ill-fated Willy Wonka character who was transformed into a blueberry, this cocktail is much more pleasant than its namesake brat. Blueberry-infused scotch provides a fruity smokiness, while pistachio orgeat gives it a creamy, nutty finish. When garnished with a violet flower, this drink looks as good as it tastes.
Your inner goth can totally get down on this dramatic cocktail, which gets its brooding hue from activated charcoal simple syrup. Rose water and a rose petal garnish provide pleasantly floral notes that aren’t too overpowering.
Charcoal Simple Syrup
Though kiwi cocktails aren’t nonexistent, you certainly don’t see the green fruit on drink menus every day. This tasty swizzle from Chicago’s Three Dots and a Dash gets funky, fruity flavor from muddled kiwi, rhum agricole and mango brandy. Top it with a vibrant orchid to really make it pop.
Frozen mezcal cocktails are the stars of summer, especially this bright green refresher from Hale Pele’s Sierra Kirk. Simply throw the ingredients into a blender and garnish it with the bright edible flower of your choice.