It happens every year: we get so excited for summer to arrive, that spring slips away before we realize how pleasant it is to sip a cocktail outside, without sweating through our clothes. Well, not this year. This year, we're going to enjoy the gradual winding down of springtime as it was meant to be enjoyed, with a drink in our hands.

When we think of spring, we think of flowers: their scent, their color and their flavor. We love to cook with flowers, and bake with them -- how can we get more edible flowers into our diet? Here are some of our favorite floral cocktails to enjoy outside, among those same flowers, before air conditioning is all we can think of.

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  • Aviation

    <strong><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/aviation_n_1058209.html" target="_hplink">Get the Aviation</a> recipe</strong> Let's start with a classic. The Aviation cocktail <a href="http://www.drinkboy.com/Cocktails/Recipe.aspx?itemid=10" target="_hplink">first appeared around 1916</a>, and was invented by Hugo Ensslin, head bartender at Times Square's Hotel Wallick.

  • Cardamom Rose Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.designsponge.com/2009/07/behind-the-bar-apothecary-cardamom-rose-cocktail.html" target="_hplink">Cardamom and Rose Cocktail recipe from Design Sponge</a></strong>

  • Pomelder Prosecco Punch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/15007-pomelder-prosecco-punch" target="_blank">Pomelder Prosecco Punch recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Celery Lavender Martini

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://norecipes.com/blog/celery-lavender-martini/#sthash.XkaEGMdY.dpbs" target="_blank">Celery Lavender Martini recipe from No Recipes</a></strong>

  • Lilac Martini

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/11498-lilac-martini" target="_blank">Lilac Martini recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Bourbon Chamomile Hot Toddy

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/seven-days-seven-hot-toddies-part-2-the-toddy-project-165037" target="_hplink">Bourbon Chamomile Hot Toddy</a> recipe from The Kitchn</strong>

  • Elderflower Syrup And Cordial

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/17704-elderflower-syrup-cordial" target="_blank">Elderflower Syrup And Cordial recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • The Avenue

    <strong>Get <a href="http://www.thelittlestanchovy.com/2012/02/february-vintage-cocktail-avenue.html" target="_hplink">The Avenue</a> recipe from The Littlest Anchovy</strong>

  • Rhubarb And Rose Ramos Gin Fizz

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/4547-rhubarb-and-rose-ramos-gin-fizz" target="_blank">Rhubarb and Rose Ramos Gin Fizz recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Frozen Hibiscus Margaritas

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://prettygirlscook.com/2012/05/01/frozen-hibiscus-margaritas/" target="_hplink">Frozen Hibiscus Margarita</a> recipe from Pretty Girls Cook</strong>

  • Lavender Meyer Lemon Tom Collins

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2012/06/tom-collins-cocktail.html" target="_blank">Lavender Meyer Lemon Tom Collins recipe from A Spicy Perspective</a></strong>

  • A Violet Crush

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/12593-a-violet-crush" target="_blank">A Violet Crush recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Hibiscus Ginger Martini

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2010/07/inspiring-find.html" target="_blank">Hibiscus Ginger Martini recipe from A Spicy Perspective</a></strong>

  • Violet Beauregarde II

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://dc.thedrinknation.com/articles/read/7375-Cocktail-Recipe-Violet-Beauregarde-Part-II-at-Ripple#" target="_hplink">Violet Beauregarde II</a> recipe from Drink DC</strong>

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