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Spring has officially sprung, and that means great things for your cocktails. Just a simple stroll through your local farmer’s market is an inspirational gold mine for your drinks. Fruits, veggies and edible flowers are in bloom this season and ready to be in your boozy arsenal. Don’t believe us? These are 11 cocktails to prove it.
Berries and floral notes? Sounds like spring to us. The Berry Barracuda takes strawberry syrup (that you can make at home, don’t worry) and adds Lillet Rose with a sweet taste. Sherry brings in a nice dry note, while Irish whiskey and balsamic vinegar finish the whole thing off. Give it a try, you won’t regret it.
You’ve heard of the Brown Derby. Now it’s time that cocktail gets a twist. The Green Derby adds ginger and New York City bar The Dead Rabbit’s very own Orinoco bitters packed with floral notes along with chamomile, citrus and molasses for bittersweetness. What else do you need?
Let’s do a twist on another classic cocktail, shall we? The Greyhound is one of the most simple cocktails you can make. Grapefruit, vodka (or gin), a salt rim if you like and that’s it. This upgrade by VEEV adds Aperol and some Peychaud’s bitters to the mix. The result is a more complex flavor that still reminds you of the original and is perfect for day drinking in the nice afternoon weather. Drink up.
With the abundance of fresh fruits on the market this season, there’s no reason not to add rum to your springtime spirit list. The Kingston Colada combines pineapple and lime juices, coconut water, a high-quality dark rum and some classic Angostura bitters for a taste that’s simple and refreshing. You can’t go wrong.
Hey, still have those strawberries? Here’s another cocktail for you. Tequila lovers will love the Wild Strawberry Amaro for it’s strawberry-infused blanco. It’s perfectly complemented by the bitter Campari and Cocchi Americano Rosa. To balance it out, vanilla extract is added for the perfect finishing touch. Drink the El Chapo in the afternoon, and the Wild Strawberry Amaro will be there to finish off your strawberry-filled night.
Did you know that sugar snap peas belong in your spring cocktails? Here’s a cocktail for your arsenal. The Snap, Chat and Rum seems like a simple Daiquiri but adds fennel and snap peas to take it to peak springtime freshness. Those seasonal ingredients and a high-quality rum will make this one of the best Daiquiris you’ve ever had.
Cachaça—it’s the drink you need this season. This sugar cane spirit is perfect with fresh juices and light flavors, and the Batida Rosa is a perfect example. Pineapple and lemon juices combine with grenadine and are topped off with club soda. Sounds like a perfect warm-weather drink to us. And if you want to make it brunch-ready, switch the club soda with sparkling wine. Trust me.
You may think of the French 75 when you hear the name of this cocktail, but the only thing the Fennel 75 shares with that classic is the sparkling wine finish. The Fennel 75 swaps out the options of gin and cognac for tequila. Honey is added in the mix along with Don Ciccio & Figli Finocchietto, a fennel liqueur. A touch of lime juice and orange bitters are added, and sparkling wine finishes it off. This is the brunch cocktail you need to have now.
As I’ve established, sometimes incorporating seasonal ingredients into your classics is the best way to go. The Apricot Whisky Sour proves that point once again by taking one of the most quintessential cocktails and adding delicious apricot. Add some apricot preserve with the mix, then top it off with some fresh slices, and you’re ready for spring.
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