Get in the swing of spring with these 5 flower-infused drinks


Spring is in full swing and drinks with floral infusions are sprinkling menus across Charlotte. Whether you’re in the mood for coffee, cocktails or something cool, there’s a drink for you to sip on.

Try these:

(1) Elderflower + Lychee Limonade, Amélie’s

At Amélie’s French Bakery & Café, get a glass of elderflower and lychee syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice and sparkling water (with ice). Never let your sparkling water get boring.

Amélie’s: 2424 N. Davidson St. and other locations

(2) Lavender cappuccino, Living Kitchen

Living Kitchen serves this up with lavender syrup, espresso and steamed almond milk. If a hot drink won’t relax you, the scent of lavender alone might — the flower can lower heart rate and blood pressure.

Living Kitchen: 2000 South Blvd., Suite 300; 4521 Sharon Road, Suite 175

(3) French Revolution, The Gallery

This Gallery cocktail boasts violet sugar, B&B, blackberry infused Cabernet Sauvignon, peppercorn melange, burlesque bitters, and Blanc de Blanc Champagne. If you need an excuse to enjoy, just remind yourself that violets have anti-inflammatory benefits.

The Gallery: 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway

(4) Lavenderade, Lenny Boy

My favorite kombucha I’ve found on tap (and now in bottles) at Lenny Boy Brewing Co. this season is the Lavenderade, brewed with lemon and lavender. Definitely a refreshing growler refill.

Lenny Boy: 3000 S. Tryon St.

(5) Ice cubes with edible flowers, Haberdish

Nothing says spring like a cocktail with edible flowers encased in ice cubes. And you don’t have to order a specific drink to get them at Haberdish, since the bar often runs out of the cubes within the first few hours of opening. Cocktail program director Colleen Hughes has used, or is considering using, roses, lavender, hibiscus, carnations, orchids, mums and pansies in the cubes.

Want those flowers in your glass? All you have to do is ask.

Haberdish: 3106 N. Davidson St.

Photos: BlueSky by Cass Bradley, Gallery Restaurant, Amelie’s



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