May 17

Spring Cocktails

May 17, 2015long winter humor

So, I probably should have done this post a few weeks ago, but it seems like winter has lasted forever this year! I’m now in the mood to celebrate spring though, and with that comes a whole new batch of cocktails to enjoy. When I think of spring, I think of flowers blooming, different fruits in season, and some traditional spring activities. Here are some of my favorite recipes I’ve found and can’t wait to try:

Mint Julep

If you love to celebrate the Kentucky Derby like I do, then you are bound to have a mint julep during the first weekend of May. Here is the official recipe from the Churchill Downs website:

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep LEVY RESTAURANTS MINT JULEP
Serves 6-8 people

  • 2 cups – sugar
  • 2 cups – water
  • 16 oz – Kentucky bourbon, 2 per mint julep
  • Crushed ice
  • 10 sprigs fresh mint
  • 8 mint julep glasses

Chef Jo-Jo’s Notes: Combine water and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil to make simple syrup. Boil for 5 minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with 2 sprigs of fresh mint and refrigerate overnight. To make your mint julep, start by filling each mint julep glass with crushed ice. Add 1 tablespoon of the mint flavored simple syrup then 2 ounces of Kentucky bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Sip and enjoy!

Pink Lemonade Margarita

Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite smaller holidays of the year to celebrate. It is rare to not find me out enjoying a margarita on May 5th. I found this unique take on the margarita that looks tasty and perfect for spring from Just a Pinch Recipespink lemonade margarita

1 can frozen pink lemonade (Minute Maid is best)
3 cans water (use lemonade can)
1 can tequila
1/2 can grand marnier
salt to rim glasses
1 lime , wedged
1. Pour the (thawed) frozen lemonade concentrate into a pitcher. Add 3 cans water, tequila, and grand marnier. Stir well.
2. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. Or blend mixture with ice to make a frozen version.
3. Serve over ice in salt-rimmed glasses with a lime wedge.

Lavendar 75

lavendar 75 cocktailWhat says spring more that lavendar. I love cocktails that incorporate that lavendar flavor, and this recipe from ehow.com looks delightful!

Along with sparkles, Bushling’s Lavender 75 holds a touch of stoutness. Combine 1 1/2 ounces of lavender gin, 1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice and 1/4 to 1/2 ounce of simple syrup in a Champagne flute. Give it a quick stir, then slowly fill the remainder of the flute with prosecco. Keep your gin in the freezer before mixing this drink, Bushling advised. “It will help tame the prosecco fizz and reduce the chances of overflowing.”

Cherry Blossom

Spring is cherry blossom season, and I love cherries more than I can say! YUM! Check out this cocktail from Cosmopolitan. I love the color and the flower accent on this one – it just looks so pretty! cherry blossom cocktail

2 oz. SVEDKA Cherry
1½ oz. Nigori Sake
½ oz. cranberry juice
½ oz. peach puree
Garnish: cherry

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass.

Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail

Another very pretty, very floral, very spring-like beverage from Martha Stewart. This one might prove to be a little sweet for me, but I so need to give it a try. lillet-rose-cocktails-mld108276_vert

  • 12 ounces Lillet Rose
  • 12 ounces Ruby Red grapefruit juice
  • 6 ounces gin
  • 6 edible flower blossoms (optional; chefs-garden.com)
  1. Combine 6 ounces Lillet, 6 ounces grapefruit juice, 3 ounces gin, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until well chilled. Strain and divide cocktail among 3 stemmed cocktail glasses, such as Champagne coupes. Repeat.

  2. Garnish with flowers. Serve immediately.

Floral-Ice-CubesFloral Ice Cubes

For those of you who are not fond of cocktails, these adorable ice cubes from Places in the Home can get you in the spirit of spring. See the website for a how-to on accomplishing these decorative accessories for your water or lemonade!

What are your go-to spring beverages? Do any of these look appealing to you?

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Posted May 17, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "cocktails

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