Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion Spring

11 Essential Cocktails for Your March Parties

Show winter out the door and usher in spring with these delicious drinks.

Averna Cobbler cocktail
Averna Cobbler Image: / Tim Nusog

Celebrate the promise of the coming spring (even if the March weather isn’t necessarily agreeing) by starting to add fresh produce to your cocktails and lightening up your flavors. For the cooler days, we still have some heavier warmers, don’t worry. However your March is turning out, these are the cocktails to get you through to April.

  • Green Giant

    Green Giant cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Mix up vegetable juice with something a little special. Vodka, beet juice, lemon juice and mint make a beautifully red base that’s perfected with a splash of prosecco on top. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon twist for special presentation and an extra hint of herbal tartness.

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  • Whisky Mac

    Whisky Mac / Tim Nusog

    Want to serve a hot cocktail with an extra bit of flair? This take on a Hot Toddy certainly won’t disappoint. Scotch, sugar and boiling water are ignited, then poured between two mugs for a spectacular show. To serve, extinguish the flames and garnish with a lemon wheel.

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  • Bloody Caesar

    Bloody Caesar / Tim Nusog

    New York may be able to call itself the birthplace of the original Bloody Mary, but this spin is pure Canada; it’s actually the national drink of the Great White North. Invented in 1969 in Calgary, Alberta, this recipe features the usual suspects of vodka, Worcestershire, Tabasco and horseradish. But instead of your typical plain tomato juice, the Bloody Caesar uses briny Clamato (a combination of clam and tomato juices) to bring it all together.

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  • Elder Greene Blues

    Elder Greene Blues

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    Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this month? Then you’ll want to try this bright-green concoction. Homemade infused vodka is the key to making this cocktail unique, thanks to its combination of cool cucumbers, bright basil and spicy Fresno peppers. They’re married with thyme in a sous vide bath, making a base that’s brought together with basil syrup, a bit of Grand Marnier and fresh lime juice. Garnish with a few cracked peppercorns and a lemon wheel and revel in the bright refreshment.

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  • Frisky Whiskey

    Frisky Whiskey / Tim Nusog

    This cocktail from bartender and distiller Allen Katz takes Irish whiskey and brings it to a fun and fruity place by combining it with Bärenjäger honey liqueur and fresh orange juice. The whole mix is shaken with simple syrup and a couple dashes of Angostura bitters to produce a highball that makes whiskey appropriate for drinking any time the mood strikes.

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  • Heated Affair

    Heated Affair / Tim Nusog

    If you need something to help you warm up on those cold nights but you’re totally Toddy-ed out, turn to this variation instead. It was created by pro bartender Jacques Bezuidenhout and spikes hot spiced apple cider with añejo tequila. Top it all with heavy cream and garnish with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick, and you’ll be well on your way to feeling warm again.

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  • Nui Nui

    Nui Nui cocktail / Tim Nusog

    A classic Tiki cocktail by Donn Beach (“Don the Beachcomber”), this recipe was held under lock and key for a long while before Jeff “Beachbum” Berry was able to crack it. Now, home bartenders can enjoy the spicy rum flavors by mixing up two kinds of rum, St. Elizabeth allspice dram, tropical juices, two kinds of infused sugar syrups and bitters to make a drink that will take you straight to the islands, even if it’s still snowing outside. 

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  • Grasshopper

    Grasshopper cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Legendary bartender Dale DeGroff’s take on this classic, named for its bright green hue, is better than any after-dinner mint. It’s rumored to have been invented in the late 1910s, though there’s some debate as to whether it was first created in New York City or New Orleans’ French Quarter. Regardless, the combination of green creme de menthe, white creme de cacao and heavy cream is deliciously rich and not overly boozy, so it’s perfect as a minty nightcap. 

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  • Oaxacan Tail

    Oaxacan Tail cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This drink, invented at Esters Wine Shop & Bar, blends amaro, mezcal, tequila, coffee and chocolate mole bitters. It’s a combination of ingredients that’s bound to be amazing, especially when it’s served alongside every Instagrammer’s favorite meal, brunch.

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  • Martinez

    Martinez / Tim Nusog

    This Manhattan variation that served to inspire what ultimately became the Martini is as classic as cocktails get. Equal parts Old Tom gin and sweet vermouth combine with a bit of maraschino liqueur and a couple dashes of Angostura bitters. Strain it all into a chilled coupe and garnish with an orange twist for a sophisticated evening sip.

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  • Averna Cobbler

    Averna Cobbler cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This twist on the more common Sherry Cobbler uses the bittersweet amaro Averna as its base, combining it with sweet vermouth, lemon juice and a barspoon of marmalade for sweet fruit flavor. Garnish it with blackberries, cracked black pepper and a mint sprig for bright, fruity and savory flair.

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