12 Cocktails for Spring Entertaining

Well, it's official - spring is here, and I for one couldn't be happier. I'm ready to open the windows, clean off the dust, and start celebrating the sunshine and warmth. When spring arrives, I want to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Being in Central PA, I've been stuck inside for most of these past few months so I'll use any excuse to get outside. 

One of my favorite things to do at the end of a spring workday is hang out on my porch listening to favorite tunes and...MORE sipping a cocktail. I think the warmer months allow for such easy entertaining. You just need a few nibbles made with fresh and flavorful ingredients, plus a seasonally appropriate cocktail, and you're set. 

To help you with this process, I've rounded up 12 Cocktails for Spring Entertaining. Cheers to enjoying warmer weather and a cocktail on the porch!

  • 01 of 12

    Sangria Tinto

    Sangria Tinto
    Sangria Tinto. Inspired by Charm

    In my humble opinion, no cocktail list would be complete without sangria. This is a classic recipe for Sangria Tinto from Inspired by Charm. Whip up this recipe for a big batch of deliciousness.

  • 02 of 12

    Blackberry Thyme Cocktail

    Blackberry Thyme Cocktail
    Blackberry Thyme Cocktail. Style Me Pretty

    Herbs and berries add instant freshness to a drink. That's why this Blackberry Thyme Cocktail from Style Me Pretty is perfect for spring. 

  • 03 of 12

    Raspberry Beer Cocktail

    Raspberry Beer Cocktail
    Raspberry Beer Cocktail. Inspired by Charm

    If you're looking for another berry-inspired recipe, you'll enjoy this Raspberry Beer Cocktail. With just a few simple ingredients, this punch-style cocktail is fresh and bursting with flavor.

  • 04 of 12

    Prosecco Sangria

    Prosecco Sangria
    Prosecco Sangria. Julie Blanner

    Julie Blanner loves a good sangria as much as I do. She's giving her signature drink a fizzy twist with Prosecco Sangria. This cocktail is not only great for shower and brunches, but weddings and dinners as well. 

    Continue to 5 of 12 below.
  • 05 of 12

    Hibiscus Tea Sparkler

    Hibiscus Tea Sparkler
    Hibiscus Tea Sparkler. Diet Hood

    Hibiscus tea has become somewhat trendy on the cocktail scene. I've yet to try it, but this Hibiscus Iced Tea Sparkler from Diet Hood might be where I start. While this recipe is alcohol-free, a splash of vodka or gin would make this a fabulous spring cocktail. 

  • 06 of 12

    Sparkling Ginger Mint Juleps

    Sparkling Ginger Mint Julep
    Sparkling Ginger Mint Julep. Gimme Some Oven

    Sparkling Ginger Mint Juleps from Gimme Some Oven add a bold ginger twist to the classic mint julep. 

  • 07 of 12

    Whiskey Lemonade

    Whiskey Lemonade
    Whiskey Lemonade. Foodie Crush

    Foodie Crush is tempting me with their Whiskey Lemonade. It's a refreshing cocktail with a touch of sweet thanks to a homemade honey simple syrup.

  • 08 of 12

    Pineapple, Mango, and Basil Sangria

    Pineapple, Mango, and Basil Sangria
    Pineapple, Mango, and Basil Sangria. Inspired by Charm

    I know, I know. Three sangria recipes are a lot for one list, but they are all too good. Check out this sunny yellow Pineapple, Mango, and Basil Sangria from Inspired by Charm.

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  • 09 of 12

    Skinny Margaritas

    Skinny Margaritas
    Skinny Margaritas. Julie Blanner

    If you're trying to cut a few calories, you'll be interested in Julie Blanner's recipe for Skinny Margaritas. They are packed with flavor without all of the sugar. 

  • 10 of 12

    Strawberry Gin Smash

    Strawberry Gin Smash
    Strawberry Gin Smash. The Kitchn

     While spring might be a little early for strawberries, I had to include this recipe. This Strawberry Gin Smash from The Kitchn looks so refreshingly delicious.

  • 11 of 12

    Rhubarb Mojito

    Rhubarb Mojito
    Rhubarb Mojito. Not Without Salt

    Rhubarb is one of those flavors that reminds me of warmer days. This Rhubarb Mojito from Not Without Salt is a must for spring entertaining. 

  • 12 of 12

    Lemon Meringue Martini

    Lemon Meringue Martini
    Lemon Meringue Martini. Blue Crab Martini

    Something decadent is definitely in order after the long, snowy winter. This Lemon Meringue Martini from Blue Crab Martini looks like dessert in a glass. It's complete with whipped cream and a graham cracker rim. 

And that wraps up my list. Gather up the ingredients for your favorite, shake up one or two, and start to soak up the spring sunshine.