Raise a glass to spring
In the spirit of the floral issue, we’ve gathered some vodka recipes that infuse flowers created by local distilleries. Not only will these drinks taste as fresh as spring, but they also carry the beauty of the flowers they incorporate.
Burnt Church Distillery – Wild Eden
The refreshing smell of hibiscus, lemon and a soft summer breeze–it doesn’t get much better than that. Just add dehydrated lemon and a hibiscus flower for a floral cocktail that pairs perfectly with that first, sweet summer bloom.
1 1/2 ounces Devil’s Elbow Gin
1/4 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce Domaine De Canton
1/2 ounce hibiscus syrup
2 dashes of El Guapo Love Potion Bitters
 Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.  Strain into a rocks glass with ice.  Garnish with dehydrated lemon.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka – Mockingbird’s Garden
Elderflower, violet, lavender, oh my! With these three floral flavors, plus a splash of dry vermouth, you’ll have an aromatic, fresh-as-flowers martini perfect for any garden party.
2 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
1/4 ounce violet liqueur
1 dash of lavender bitters
 Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.  Shake and strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist.
Hilton Head Distillery – The Sands of Time
Soothing lavender, crisp lime and sweet honey combine to make the perfect floral cocktail. You’ll feel as relaxed and refreshed with this drink as a full day at the spa. Cheers to rejuvenation.
1 ounce Platinum Rum
1/4 ounce Panela Rum
3/4 ounce honey syrup
3/4 ounce lime juice
 Combine all ingredients and shake over ice.  Crush lavender and double strain through crushed lavender into a coupe glass.  Garnish with lavender.