summer botanical cocktails

Summer Botanical Cocktails: The Round Up!

As our our Memorial Day to Labor Day series comes to a close, we round up our Top 10 Summer Botanical Cocktails!

Well, all you pretty people, the summer is coming to an end (we’re sobbing over here!), and that means our Summer Botanical Cocktail series is just about ready to wrap up as well! Hence, it seemed like the right time to hook you up with a round up of all these amazing recipes. We just want your cocktail-ing to be as easy as possible, so why not have a one-stop-blog-post for all your  sunny day sipping needs! You’re welcome. Let’s get into it, shall we?!

bellini popsicles
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Bellini Popsicles

We kicked things off with these Prosecco-infused frozen treats from the folks at Honestly Yum. In fact, these perfectly frosty and floral Bellini Popsicles are what inspired the series – because, come on, what’s better than booze in a popsicle?! Oh right. Booze in a popsicle WITH gorgeous edible flowers!

lavender martini
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Lavender Martini

The Lavender Martini, which we discovered over at  The Framed Table, was our own little ode to ultimate summertime relaxation. With lavender’s natural botanical properties that support relaxation and healing, this gorgeous libation kept us extra cool all summer long!

rose slushy
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Rosé Slushy

The summer season always kicks off the official ‘rosé all day’ movement, so when we came across this recipe for a Rosé Slushy over at Style Me Pretty Living, we couldn’t resist. This, friends, is the ultimate summer cocktail if we do say so ourselves. Plus please go forth and drool over all the gorgeous photos by Erin McGinn.

lemon jello shots
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Lemon Jello Shots

As the summer went on and things started to get silly, we relinquished civility for a few moments and took our summer cocktails shot style thanks to these amAAAzing Lemon Jello Shots via Sugar & Cloth.

rose martini
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Rose Martini

This summer we not only found this insane recipe for a stunning Rose Martini by Jacinta Moore for Design Sponge, but we also happened across the best quote ever about martinis thanks to The Little Black Book of Martinis: “The Martini… implies glamour, style, and edgy wit. Without prejudice, it plays muse to heroes, hedonists, rascals, and poets.” Nothing felt more right than this pretty little cocktail on a hot summer night to make us feel glamorous and naughty all at once.

garden gimlet
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The Garden Gimlet

Thanks to The Ranger’s Daughter, this summer we found our spirit animal in the form of a cocktail. A cocktail that’s all about a garden full of beautiful flowers? Um. Yes. Duh. That’s what we do. It’s what we live for!

white wine spritzer
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White Wine Spritzer w/Edible Flowers

We went a little old school with the classic hot-weather cocktail, the White Wine Spritzer; but thanks to The Flair Exchange, this recipe took things up a notch with edible florals. Extra fun? In this post we also hooked you up with the origin of this  perfect summer cocktail to sip on a porch, in a rocking chair (or something similarly spectacular!).

hibiscus champagne cocktail
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Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail

Our summer cocktail-ing got all sorts of fancy as a result of Olivia’s Kitchen‘s recipe for this Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail. New Year’s Eve celebration in the summer? Yes, please and thanks!

Brazilian Cocktails
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Brazilian Orchid

We couldn’t let the Summer Olympics pass us by without indulging in some delicious Rio-inspired cocktails! So lucky for us (and you!), we found a recipe on ProFlowers for a Brazilian Orchid – a gorgeous summer cocktail made with Brazil’s national liquor, Cachaça.

bridal shower cocktail
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The Blushing Bride

One of the last summertime beverages we shared, was one we found on Freutcake, and re-named The Blushing Bride in honor of all the summer weddings we’ve worked on. We are floral designers, after all… !

And there you have it! You are officially ready to host the best cocktail party EVER. These recipes have all been thematic to summer (hence, the Summer Botanical Cocktail title and all!), but frankly any of these cocktails can be enjoyed year round! And if you know us at all by now, you know we’ll be doing just that! xo #lillabello

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Toby Kassoy, was born and raised in Southern California. In her college years she went up to Eugene Oregon, where she first fell in love with floristry. Upon returning to Los Angeles, she spent 8 years working in the Entertainment industry, while all along, flowers were always tugging on her heartstrings. In 2004 she decided to leave her corporate job and open Lilla Bello, aptly named after the beautiful lilac bushes she remembers outside her kitchen window in Oregon.

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