It’s springtime and that can mean only one thing: Peony season has arrived! It never gets old seeing these beautiful flowers flooding our feeds with their big blooms. I’m guilty of keeping a bouquet (or two) in the house at all times during this period of pure floral bliss.
Besides providing Instagram gold, there is another reason to keep your house stocked with peonies: they are edible (you can see the full edible list here)! Add their petals to salads, soups—or my favorite way to enjoy them—in cocktails! They can instantly jazz up a simple glass of champagne or add a beautiful accent to a delicious mixed drink, like this Spring fling cocktail recipe!
It’s a well-balanced drink with sweet and tart flavors, plus floral undertones that compliment the gin. I prefer to mix with a gin that doesn’t have strong juniper notes that can often mask subtle flavors like the rose water…
St. Germain practically begs to be used this this time of year. If you have never had this elderflower liqueur, drop everything and go get it. Right. Now! It’s on the sweeter side, so adding some club soda not only adds a fun fizz, but helps keep the drink from being cloying. Are you ready for a Spring Fling? You may not be able to stop at just one!
- 1 oz gin
- 3/4 oz st germain
- 1/2 oz lemon syrup (recipe below)
- 8 drops rose water
- 5 oz club soda
- edible flower ice cubes (such as peonies and marigolds)
Begin by adding edible flowers to an ice cube tray and filling with water and freezing. Mix all ingredients except for club soda and flower ice cubes in shaker filled with ice. Add flower ice cubes into glasses. Pour cocktail over ice and top with club soda.
Lemon Syrup Recipe
- 1/2 cups lemon juice
- 1/2 cup water
- zest of one lemon
- 1 cup sugar
Zest lemon. Juice lemons to make 1/2 cup juice. Add to pot with water and sugar. Bring to a boil and then turn off the heat. Let syrup cool before using.
So who’s going to whip this up for next this evening soiree, or girls get together? The peonies are calling!
Ashley Rose Conway