After you put on the gardening gloves and work outdoors, it’s time to reward yourself with something equally fitting. Mixologists and chefs alike are embracing this season with delicate bloom-infusions that we simply can’t resist. Here are a few items we’re looking forward to trying throughout the city.
Entrees & Desserts
Just when you thought petal-filled cocktails couldn’t get any better—have you paired them with flower-power foods and sweets?
You can’t go wrong with the Egg Tartine—toasted wheat bread, beet spread, slow-poached egg, arugula, radish, pickled red onion, sage, honey vinaigrette and edible flowers. 3106 N. Davidson St.
La Piccola Gabbia Pasticceria
The Lavender Biscotti made with almond, lavender buds and extract is a vision, and the buds and extract are sourced from Savory Spice Shop in South End. Order online and at select retailers.
Order the Twisted Chocolate Ganache—carbonated poached kumquats, rose meringues and powdered mint. 127 N. Tryon St., Ste. D
Amelie’s French Bakery
Beautiful and delicious, the Rose Macaron and the Lavender Lemon Macaron are both on the iconic Charlotte spot’s new spring menu. Multiple locations
Cocktails & Coffee
Shakin’ and splashin’ in a little floral essence into your beverage is a great trick to enhance flavor and complexity. From hibiscus-infused cocktails to lavender cappuccinos, here are a few flowery pick-me-ups.
Ah, the picture-perfect, flower ice spheres. Once you order your beverage of choice, make sure to ask for the bloomy embellishment. 3106 N. Davidson St.
Alongside the rest of your feel-good order, go for the Lavender Cappuccino, made with lavender syrup, espresso and steamed almond milk. 2000 South Blvd., Ste. 300
Try the Ambrosial Garden, a combination of Hendrick’s gin, mint, elderflower liquor, bitters, fresh lemon juice and soda water. 300 N. College St.
Lenny Boy Brewing
For a non-alcoholic option, try the Organic Lavender Kombucha. You can find this at the brewery and at bottle shops around Charlotte. 3000 S. Tryon St.
We love the Fogle Fizz, a combination of gin, yuzu-lemongrass cordial, butterfly pea flower, and topo chico sparkling water. 235 W. Tremont Ave., Ste. 100
Reid’s Fine Foods
Try the Lavender Clementine, a combination of Bulleit 95 rye whiskey, lavender honey, muddled clementines, and cherries with ginger beer. Bonus: On Thursdays, all cocktail are half-price. Multiple locations.
Merchant & Trade
Take in the skyline view with a Luna de Sangre—made with hibiscus-infused Mezcal Vida, Milagro Reposado, lavender, agave and Bittermens Scarborough Herbal Bitters. 303 S. Church St.
This story originally appeared on CharlotteFive.com.