Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion Spring

11 Essential Cocktails for Your April Parties

It’s finally time to ditch the Hot Toddies in favor of something fit for warmer weather. Make the most of this month by using fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables to bring April’s freshness and sunshine into your glass. So quell your spring fever with these cocktails.

  • Floral

    Introduce your herb garden to your bar cart with this clean cocktail. Fresh rosemary, thyme and cucumber's floral and crisp flavors shine when mixed with lime juice and vodka for a drink that's simply delicious from the first sip to the last.

  • Rosé Cobbler

    Rhubarb is the perfect in-season vegetable for mixing into your cocktails this month. Try it in this low-alcohol drink the next time you host brunch. An easy homemade spiced rhubarb shrub adds color and flavor to rosato vermouth, Aperol and strawberry puree.

  • Celery Daisy

    Tequila, elderflower liqueur and fino sherry get an earthy undertone from fresh celery juice in this riff on a Tequila Daisy. It tastes like an afternoon after an April shower: bright, refreshing and just a tiny bit sweet.

  • An Afternoon in France

    Even if you can’t book a trans-Atlantic flight, you can still enjoy springtime in Paris thanks to this cocktail. Cognac, fresh grapefruit and lemon juice, and honey syrup make this bright and refreshing sipper perfect for drinking on the porch on the first warm evening of the season.

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  • Blushing Spritzer

    Make a batch of hibiscus-rose liqueur now, and you can make this spritzer whenever the mood strikes all month long. Chardonnay and club soda give the liqueur a sweet lift and make it perfect for afternoon parties.

  • Fennel 75

    Give your French 75 a fresh twist by swapping in tequila, fennel liqueur and honey syrup. Sparkling wine keeps the cocktail crisp and refreshing without being overly bitter. It’s ideal for spring celebrations.

  • Country Thyme

    Whether you’re in the city or way out in the country, everyone will enjoy this berry smash. Muddled blueberries and lemon are shaken with agave nectar and vodka, then garnished with fresh thyme for an Instagram-worthy deep-pink cocktail.

  • Breakfast Martini

    It doesn’t have to be 5 p.m. for you to enjoy a good Martini. This one is made with gin, Combier, lemon juice and rhubarb marmalade, and it’s delicious any time of day. Try it with brunch as a break from the standard Mimosa or Bloody Mary.

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  • Eau de Lavender

    This tequila cocktail is sexy and smooth—just what you need this month. Tequila and homemade honey syrup get a hint of spring from lavender bitters. Shake it all up with an egg white and lemon juice for a light and frothy texture.

  • Rosemary & Rhubarb

    Rhubarb and fresh rosemary come together to make this bright cocktail scream spring. Apple vodka adds a sweet and tart kick to the produce, and a fresh apple garnish is a welcome crunchy accompaniment.

  • Lady in Blue

    This spin on a White Lady is strong and sweet. Gin and lemon juice get a dose of floral flavor from orange flower water and crème de violette, and the entire cocktail is turned a brilliant shade of aquamarine when blue curaçao is added at the very end. Garnish with edible flower petals for a final touch of spring.