Rejoice! Daylight saving time is behind you, and long-frozen fruits can finally be swapped for fresh brethren.
Yes, spring has officially hit the scene. Time to fling wide the doors of your liquor cabinet. Spruce up your seasonal entertaining menu with these sunny cocktails that take inspiration from the outdoor bounty—fruity, floral and herbal alike.
’Tis the season to welcome rhubarb and strawberries back into your rotation. Get crackin’ with this coupe that marries the fundamentally spring fruits with gin, dry vermouth and floral bitters. Shake the lot with lemon juice and egg white for a milky froth you can sink your teeth into.
Select express delivery (to your mouth) when shaking up this transportive rum-based punch. Lime juice, honey syrup and a float of Champagne tag along on the journey, so be sure to serve the punch in a clear teacup with one dazzling icy orb to enhance the drink’s natural charm.
Fair as a field of wildflowers, this cocktail trains the spotlight directly on fine Southern bourbon. A trio of brazen admirers—ginger syrup, lemon juice and honey—court the Coal Miner’s Daughter, and she answers with a teasing sprig of lavender pinned across her collar.
Mezcal shoots to kill in Steve Schneider’s smoky cocktail, straight from the hallowed halls of Employees Only. Chile-tinged “hellfire” bitters stoke the fire, combated by a golden honey-pineapple syrup that prevents those flames from engulfing the glass.
England’s beloved gin-based potation is a natural partner to everyday club soda or ginger ale. But when plied with Champagne, Pimm’s No. 1 commands a royal salute. Garnish with the classic cucumber and mint slices; commence drinking like a monarch.
Vodka just entered spring cleaning mode: Infused with green tea and donning its finest warm-weather wardrobe, this magenta cocktail is ready to step into the sunlight. The culprits behind its stunning hue? Cherry Heering, honey liqueur, absinthe and chamomile tincture, with a lick of lemon sherbet to set the season on course.