Feeling a bit of spring fever? The snow has finally melted away, the air is crisp and the sun is out. That means it’s time to lounge on the balcony and enjoy a glass of something cold (and a bit boozy!). Spring cocktails mean light and fresh ingredients with flavors of herbs and fruit. Maybe something with a bit of color, but definitely something that is quick and easy.
Whether you’re throwing a party or just making your after work drink, spring cocktails are refreshing and delicious. But what spirits make for those light drinks you crave? Champagne cocktails are perfect for spring, the crisp taste and bubbles will turn any drink into a hit. If you’re mixing cocktails at home, other sparkling wines work as well. Gin is also ideal for spring due to it’s depth of flavors, with a wonderfully fresh juniper bite and deeper earthy notes. Try flavored vodka like Absolut Pears or Absolut Hibiskus to give old favorites a springy flavor. Any type of alcohol can really be appropriate for a spring cocktail!
Choose some bright, fresh fruit juices and mixers to compliment your perfectly picked spirits. To sweeten your cocktails, you’ll want to have simple syrup on hand. You can easily make this at home by heating equal parts of sugar and water until the sugar is completely dissolved. Just make sure to wait for it to cool before using! Use fruit juices like lemonade and orange juice to add some citrus flavors to your cocktails. You can also muddle fresh fruit like strawberries and raspberries for your create a truly handmade touch.
The next step is to top off your spring fling drink with a suitable garnish. This is the fun part! Mint leaves provide a natural flavor that pairs well with many different types of liquor. Lemon is a classic garnish that you can slice into wedges or spiral the peel into a twist. Rosemary adds a nice flavor and cucumber is a perfectly understated garnish. You’re bound to create something tasty!
Now that you’ve chosen your spirit, your mixers and your garnish, you’re ready to create a perfectly spring drink. Surprise party guests or sip at your own leisure with a delicious spring cocktail.