How to Make Symposia’s Iris

Learn how to make Symposia’s gin-based cocktail, Iris, with this easy-to-follow recipe.
Photograph by Kailey Howell

Symposia is a Mediterranean-inspired fine dining establishment owned by the Papas family, who also owns and operates the Atheneum Suite Hotel and Conference Center, Pegasus Taverna, Mosaic, A Bar, and Santorini Estiatorio.

The Iris cocktail at this local eatery combines gin, créme de violet, lemon juice and lavender honey for a distinct flavor. Learn how to make this cocktail at home with this handy copycat recipe.


  • 1 1⁄2 ounces gin
  • 1⁄2 ounce crème de violette
  • 1⁄2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 ounce homemade honey lavender syrup (recipe follows)

Honey Lavender Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 6-8 sprigs of lavender


    1. To make Honey Lavender Syrup: Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil.
    2. To assemble: Combine all items in a shaker with ice.
    3. Shake vigorously.
    4. Pour into a coupe glass, garnish with a sprig of lavender, and serve.

Symposia is located at the Athenuem Suite Hotel and Conference Center, 1000 Brush St., Detroit. Call 313-962-9366 or visit for more information.

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This story is from the December 2022 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more in our digital edition.