5 Fresh, Seasonal Cocktails for Spring

Entertaining, Recipes | | | 1 Reply

Along with sunshine, fresh flowers and some of our favorite holidays, Spring brings a fresh set of new flavors when it arrives each year. Gone are the rich, earthy tastes of winter — instead, we can embrace citrus, fresh herbs and a hint of berry. These 5 cocktails embody some of our favorite flavors of this season. Even if the sunshine hasn’t shown up yet, these cocktails may help Spring arrive at your home.

mjfinal

Herbal Spritzer
Serves 8

1 bottle dry white wine
1 cup water
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup sugar
Zest of 5 lemons
1 bunch fresh lemon thyme or pineapple sage, plus more sprigs for garnish
Chilled tonic water for serving

In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine the wine, water, lemon juice and sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the lemon zest and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the bunch of herbs. Let steep for 15 minutes. Pour the syrup through a sieve into a glass bowl, discarding the zest and herbs. Nestle the bowl in a larger one filled with ice water and let cool. Place in the freezer until the syrup becomes slushy.

To serve, fill a large glass, like our Mason Jar Mug, one-third full with the slushy syrup, then top with chilled tonic water. Garnish each drink with a small herb sprig.

outdoor pitcher

Strawberry Basil Margaritas
from The Kitchn
makes 1 pitcher, or about 8 servings

1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate
10 strawberries
8 basil leaves
2 to 2 1/2 cups tequila

Put limeade concentrate into a pitcher. (We recommend our PB Classic Outdoor Pitcher so you can enjoy these outside.) Add 2 1/2 cans of water and 2 cups of tequila. Slice strawberries and put them in the pitcher along with the basil. Crumple the basil a little beforehand to release the flavor. Place the pitcher, covered, in the refrigerator overnight to turn your margaritas a beautiful pale pink.

flutesfinal

Lemon Blossom Spritz
Serves 1

1 ounce  yuzu-Meyer lemon cocktail mixer
1 ounce St. Germain or elderflower liqueur
Prosecco, to taste

Combine the cocktail mixer and liqueur and pour into a champagne flute. Top with Prosecco. We recommend using our Caterer’s Box Set of 12 Flutes, so you can serve a crowd with ease.

casa

Spring White Sangria
Serves 6 to 8

1 bottle fruity white wine, such as Chenin Blanc or Gewürztraminer
1 1/4 cups passion fruit juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup white grapes, seeded and halved
1 cup muscat grapes, seeded and halved
1 Asian or Bartlett  pear, cored and thinly sliced
1 can litchis with syrup
2 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
2 Tbs. chopped fresh dill
Ice as needed

Combine all ingredients and their syrup. We recommend making the drink in our Casa Recycled Glass Pitcher. Stir well and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

highball

Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic
from The Kitchn
Serves 1

1 cucumber
1 lime
3 sprigs rosemary
2 ounces gin
4 ounces tonic water
Ice

Peel one half of a cucumber, and slice a lime into eight wedges. In a high glass (we suggest our Schott Zwiesel Highball), add three slices of the peeled cucumber, 1 spring of rosemary, juice from a lime slice and 1 ounce of gin. Muddle this mixture with the back of a spoon, and strain into a second glass. Add several ice cubes, three slices of cucumber, top with remaining gin and tonic and serve garnished with rosemary springs.

 

One thought on “5 Fresh, Seasonal Cocktails for Spring

  1. Pingback: Aloe Vera with Strawberry Cucumber Juice for Fasting | Aloe Vera Juice Recipes

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>