Sugar, acid, spirit. Almost every cocktail relies on achieving the perfect harmony between those few key elements, so much so that a "well-balanced drink" has become the ultimate compliment to the cocktailier. In these recipes, the freshest flavors of the growing season add their vernal notes to the classic melody.
The Gin and Tonic, known for its crisp florals and botanicals, takes a turn towards the vegetal with the addition of a snap pea infusion.
The tropical combination of pineapple and coconut takes a botanical turn with the addition of honey, lavender, orange blossom, and floral gin.
This foamy pink sour layers five different floral infusions for a veritable bouquet of flavor: elderflower, lavender, hibiscus, rose, and hops.
Green Chartreuse is the only liqueur in the world with a completely natural green color. Adding a splash of this intensely herbal spirit to a classic julep makes the drink as verdant as the grass on Churchill Downs.
This story originally appeared in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of The Inspired Home Journal, titled “Kaleidoscope Cocktails.”