A creative signature cocktail

Spring means one thing: pretty florals. OK, spring means more than that, but in the world of weddings, that's one of the main attractions. What better way to herald the coming of the new season than by featuring a unique, fresh and floral cocktail at your event? We turned to Ian Gulley, general manager at Soul, in the lobby of Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph, for ideas, and he did not disappoint.

“Our Hibiscus Cosmo will have your wedding guests tickled pink over the warming spring weather,” he says. “Everyone is familiar with the classic Cosmopolitan, but adding homemade infused hibiscus syrup and an edible, health-benefitting flower mixes it up and adds a touch of sophistication to your big day. The bold color and floral, tart flavor will leave a lasting impression on your guests.” We sampled a few sips post-photo shoot, and we can stand behind Gulley's assessment.

Hibiscus Cosmo

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

1.5 ounces vodka ½ ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice ½ ounce triple sec ¾ ounce hibiscus syrup (see below)

Combine all ingredients with ice in cocktail shaker and shake viciously. Strain into chilled martini glass and garnish with hibiscus flower.

Hibiscus Syrup

Combine 16 ounces simple syrup and 1.5 ounces dried hibiscus flowers in a saucepan and simmer on low for 10 minutes. Strain before use.