Classic cocktails are timeless for a reason. With bold, vivacious flavors, they please the palate and tickle the taste buds—whether it’s the rich texture and simple zest of an Old Fashioned or the sweet bite of a Lemon Drop.
Sometimes, however, these traditional cocktails need to turn up a notch or two. Fortunately, several of your favorite cocktails are made even more delicious with the addition of one simple ingredient: lavender.
Lavender lends a flavorful floral rush to a range of popular cocktails. If you’re looking for ways to put a fresh spin on classic drinks and impress every guest at your next backyard cocktail party, or you’re looking for some of the best drinks for the beach, here are four lavender cocktail recipes crafted using delicious alcohol ice pops that you must try.
#1 Lavender Lemonade
No beverage proclaims that spring has arrived quite as loudly as lemonade. But as a full-fledged adult, you probably need something a little stronger than what’s on tap at your neighborhood lemonade stand. This homemade Lavender Lemonade cocktail is a delicious and decadent way to dress up this signature beverage.
The homemade Lavender Lemonade cocktail marries the floral, minty nectar of lavender simple syrup with vodka and lemonade for an endlessly sippable springtime drink. For the full experience, consider making your own lavender simple syrup. The ingredients are:1
- 1 cup water
- 2–4 tablespoons of culinary lavender
- 1 ¼ cups sugar
Begin by combining the ingredients in a medium-sized pot. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved, then place the mixture over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until the mixture begins to simmer. Remove from heat and let cool before straining the lavender syrup into a pitcher.
Now it’s time to mix the cocktail, so grab the remaining ingredients. You’ll need:
- 6 SLIQ Spirited Ice Vodka Lemonade Cocktail Pops (for a party size)
- 2 lemons
- 4 cups of water
First, completely juice the two lemons (keeping a thin lemon slice or two for the garnish). Then, use a blender to mix the lemon juice, water, and SLIQ pops on medium speed. After a few bladed spins, serve from a pitcher and zhuzh it up with a lemon wedge.
#2 Lavender Lemon Drop
The lemon drop martini is perhaps one of the most popular vodka drinks in the world. It’s fresh, citrusy, and sweet. Adding lavender to the recipe puts a floral twist on this contemporary classic.2
To make it, you need:
- 2 SLIQ Spirited Ice Vodka Lemonade Cocktail Pops
- ½ ounce lemon juice
- ¾ ounce triple sec
- ½ ounce lavender simple syrup
Quicker to make than hand-crafting your own lavender simple syrup—this lavender vodka cocktail is delicious, simple, and sure to please. Simply mix all of the ingredients, including the vodka ice pops, in a cocktail shaker, shake it up, and pour it into a martini glass with a sugar rim.
#3 The Bees Knees With Blue Raspberry and Lavender
The Bees Knees was a popular cocktail during American prohibition. Dry gin or vodka, tart lemon, and sweet honey are the ingredients of this classic drink. This spring, consider stepping it up by adding lavender and vodka blue raspberry pops for one of the best icy cocktails around.3
The ingredients you need are:
- 2 SLIQ Spirited Ice Vodka Blue Raspberry Cocktail Pops
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- ¾ ounces lavender simple syrup
- ¼ ounce honey syrup
In a cocktail mixer, combine the vodka pops, lemon juice, honey syrup, and simple syrup. Shake it until the texture is right, serve, and wow your guests with a lavender honey cocktail with a blast of blue raspberry.
#4 Lavender Old Fashioned
Looking for fun mixed drinks with whiskey? The Old Fashioned gets new life when you add the essence of lavender flowers to the mix. Widely beloved for its immaculate and subtle balance of sweet, citrusy, and bitter flavors, Old Fashioneds are a staple of any credible cocktail party. But using a lavender-infused whiskey makes it the perfect lavender cocktail recipe to enhance all your spring gatherings.
The simple ingredients that give the Lavender Old Fashioned its tasty and complex notes are:3
- 2 SLIQ Spirited Ice Whiskey Ginger Cocktail Pops
- ¼ ounce lavender simple syrup
- 2 dashed orange bitters
You can mix the whiskey ice pops and ingredients in a cocktail shaker or blend them to slushy perfection. An orange peel is the O.G. of O.F. garnishes and works very well here, but a spring of fresh lavender flowers is a nice touch and a festive note for outdoor spring parties.
Enjoy Your Favorite Frozen Cocktails At Home
SLIQ’s alcoholic ice pops like rum ice pops and frozen margarita pops are a fun and refreshing way to enjoy your favorite mixed drinks at home anytime you want. With premium liquors, quality ingredients, and a range of spirit options and cocktail flavors to choose from, it’s time to reach for a SLIQ.
- My Millennial Kitchen. Lavender Lemonade Cocktail. https://mymillennialkitchen.com/lavender-lemonade-cocktail/
- The Spruce Eats. Lavender Lemon Drop Martini. https://www.thespruceeats.com/lavender-lemon-drop-recipe-761094
- Moody Mixologist. The 10 Best Lavender Cocktail Recipes. https://www.moodymixologist.com/blog/the-10-best-lavender-cocktail-recipes