10 spring cocktails that are fresh and flavorliciousYou can finally rejoice! Spring is here! And since you'll be spending a lot of time indoors this spring, here are ten cocktails that are not only fresh and flavorlicious, but also easy to make and enjoy in the comfort of your own home:

1. Lemon thyme vodka lemonade

This recipe serves one.

Ingredients:

  • 3 lemon wedges
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 small bunch fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup citrus vodka
  • 1/4 cup club soda

Directions:

  • Put the lemon wedges in a cocktail shaker along with simple syrup, lemon juice, fresh thyme, and vodka
  • Muddle hard, breaking the lemon skins
  • Cover and shake
  • Pour the mixture into the glass, and top off with club soda

2. Cucumber kiwi gimlet

This recipe serves two.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 sliced cucumber
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce kiwi juice
  • 1 cup ice

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker
  • Gently muddle the cucumber
  • Fill with ice and shake really well
  • Strain into a tall glass

3. Raspberry and lemon sparkler

This recipe serves six.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pints fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 bottle sparkling rose
  • Sliced lemons and raspberries

Directions:

  • In a pitcher, smash the raspberries with sugar and lemon juice
  • Top with sparkling rose
  • Serve over ice with sliced lemons and raspberries

4. Grapefruit jalapeno tequila

This recipe serves one.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 3 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces spiced tequila
  • Sparkling water
  • Pink grapefruit wedges and sliced jalapenos

Directions:

  • Fill a glass with ice and top with grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and tequila
  • Stir to combine
  • Top with sparkling water and garnish with grapefruit wedges and sliced jalapenos

5. Lavender sparkling wine

This recipe serves one.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Fresh lavender sprigs
  • 3 dashes lavender-lemon balm bitters
  • 3 dashes orange bitters
  • 2/3 cup sparkling wine

Directions:

  • Combine simple syrup and bitters in a champagne glass
  • Top with sparkling wine and lavender sprigs

6. Limoncello citrus sangria

This recipe serves eight.

Ingredients:

  • 1 orange
  • 1 pink grapefruit
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 bottle chilled white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups limoncello
  • 3 cups sparkling water

Directions:

  • Cut the orange, grapefruit, and lemons into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • In a large pitcher, combine the white wine, sliced citrus, and limoncello
  • Refrigerate overnight
  • When ready to serve, stir in the sparkling water

7. Blood orange margaritas

This recipe serves one.

Ingredients:

  • 2 jalapeno slices
  • 3 sprigs cilantro
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • Blood orange soda

Directions:

  • Muddle jalapeno slices and cilantro in a cocktail shaker
  • Add tequila, lime juice, and ice, and shake
  • Serve topped with blood orange soda

8. Grapefruit mint bellini

This recipe serves six.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 3 cups grapefruit juice
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine

Directions:

  • Bring sugar, water, and mint to a boil in a saucepan
  • Simmer until the sugar is dissolved
  • Allow to cool completely and discard mint
  • Divide simple syrup and grapefruit juice between six glasses and stir
  • Top with sparkling wine

9. Mango raspberry mimosa

This recipe serves four.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of sparkling wine
  • Raspberry liqueur
  • Fresh raspberries
  • 3/4 cup mango puree
  • 1 cubed mango
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:

  • To make the mango puree, place the mano cubes, lemon juice, and sugar into a blender and puree until smooth
  • Pour three tablespoons of mango puree into each champagne flute
  • Then pour champagne until 3/4 full
  • Add 1/2 ounce of raspberry liqueur
  • Top with raspberries

10. Blackberry mint mojito

This recipe serves one.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint blackberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 mint leaves
  • Juice from half a lime
  • 2 ounces rum
  • 2 ounces blackberry juice
  • Soda water

Directions:

  • In a blender, combine the blackberries and water, and blend until pureed
  • Strain the juice using a sieve
  • In a glass, add the mint leaves, lime juice, and a splash of soda water
  • Muddle together
  • Fill the glass with ice and add rum, blackberry juice, and top with soda water
  • Stir to combine
References
  1. "35 Best Easter Cocktails Perfect for a Springtime Celebration," Country Living, February 12, 2020.

 

 

 

 

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