As winter turns to spring our tastes tend to reflect the change in seasons. When it comes to drinks, many of us desire lighter cocktails with fresh ingredients, including herbs and fruits. From enlightening lavender drinks to fresh lemonade cocktails, spring cocktails are an absolute joy.
Not only are these lovely libations ideal for your springtime parties, they're also delightfully easy to mix up. Each requires just a few simple ingredients so you can relax and rejuvenate whenever you need... to.
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You will need: reposado tequila, lemonade, rosemary ice cubes
Serve it for brunch or a casual afternoon on the patio, no matter the occasion, the Rosemary Lemonade is wonderful. This drink contains another favorite herb of the season, it just goes about it in an unusual way.
This tall glass of lemonade is gently spiked with an aged tequila, so making the drink itself is a cinch. The rosemary comes into play via ice cubes and they gently release their floral flavor as they melt. It's brilliant,... lovely, and the rosemary cubes can be used in almost any drink.
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You will need: sake, orange liqueur, cranberry and lime juices, orange bitters
The cocktail is a true pleasure to drink. It's also very easy to make and because it has a familiar base, you can enjoy it for any occasion and serve it to drinkers of any taste.
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You will need: tequila, tamarind nectar, simple syrup, ginger ale
The Tamarind & Tequila is quick to mix up and it's a drink that you can enjoy all afternoon. The only ingredient that's a bit unusual is the tamarind nectar, but it's readily available in the juice aisle of many supermarkets.
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You will need: gin, simple syrup, sage, pineapple and lime juices
Look no further for the ultimate spring pitcher drink. This fun concoction is filled with fresh flavor. It's also one of the easiest ways to make five drinks at one time.
The Pineapple and Sage Gimlet is exactly what it sounds like: an herbal take on the classic Gimlet. Your taste buds will be tantalized by the play of fresh sage leaves off the pineapple while the gin quietly hangs out in the background.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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You will need: rum, elderflower syrup, cranberry and lime juices, tarragon
Rarely do we see a cocktail recipe that includes tarragon, yet the uniquely aromatic herb can create some fascinating beverages. In the Cranberry Daiquiri, it brings a new dimension of flavor to a familiar fruity base.
A quick twist on the famous Daiquiri, this rum recipe contrasts the tarragon with a soft elderflower. If you don't have the floral syrup, use St. Germain Liqueur instead. Either way, the cocktail is an... ideal way to celebrate the spring garden.
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You will need: gin, lavender syrup, lemon juice, club soda
Come spring, a lavender syrup should become a staple in any bar. You will be hard-pressed to find another herb that can evoke the revitalizing feeling of the season as this one.
In this simple variation on the Tom Collins, we pair the syrup with Bombay Sapphire Gin and lemon juice, topping it off with club soda. It is a tall spritzer with an intriguing depth of botanical flavors and one that everyone will love.
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You will need: Midori, Cointreau, lemon juice
It's green, it's fruity, and it's oh so easy to mix up. The Japanese Slipper has everything we love about fancy cocktails and it's very likely that you already have the three ingredients you need.
Not only are each of the cocktail's elements found regularly in a well-stocked bar, but they're poured in equal amounts. This makes the recipe easy to remember and it may become your new go-to for a fascinating green cocktail.
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You will need: Ty Ku Liqueur, vodka, lemonade
As spring dawns, one of the first things on many minds is an ice-cold glass of fresh lemonade. Why not transform that into a simple vodka martini?
The Hello Kitty is a three-ingredient cocktail that has a gentle fruit flavor with a bit of an exotic twist thanks to the Ty Ku Liqueur. It's a delicate, neon green liqueur flavored with natural fruits and botanicals that make this drink a true beauty.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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You will need: vodka, rose syrup, ginger, lime juice, wasabi
Things get a little spicy in the Cape Samurai and that's why we love it. If you're seeking to surprise guests with a deceptive drink, this is the ideal candidate.
This simple vodka cocktail looks sweet and innocent and the rose syrup is easy to make at home. When this delicate floral meets slices of ginger and a dollop of wasabi, an entirely new world of flavor opens up. Don't worry, it's not overpowering or brash;... it's fantastic!
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You will need: bourbon, simple syrup, mint
We really cannot discuss spring cocktails without mentioning the ultimate drink of the season. The Mint Julep is the drink to have during May's Kentucky Derby and it works for any day of the year.
The popularity of the Mint Julep may make it seem out of reach, but the reality is that it could not be easier. You will need a muddler for the mint and sugar and from there it's as simple as adding your favorite bourbon and crushed ice. In just a few... minutes, you'll become a believer in the power of the julep.