April’s showers have come and gone, and May flowers have taken their place. In much the same matter, floral and fruity cocktails are taking the place of their cooler-weather counterparts. There’s plenty reason to host a party this month. Whether you’re celebrating the unofficial start of summer, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day or the Kentucky Derby, you’re going to need a few good drink recipes. Check out our 11 picks for cocktails to make this month.
Ditch the traditional Mother’s Day bouquet and make Mom a batch of this cocktail instead. Gin, grapefruit and lemon juices, and St-Germain elderflower liqueur get a dash of intrigue from orange bitters, and everything is topped with Champagne for a perfectly bubbly and floral brunch punch.
As the weather heats up, reach for this frozen gin concoction to help cool you down. Refreshingly fizzy, this cocktail gets a creamy consistency and sweetness from heavy cream and honey and is then brightened up with fresh pomelo juice and a splash of seltzer. Can’t find pomelos? Grab grapefruits instead.
Cool cucumber is perfect for warm spring days, and the vegetable shines beautifully in this Highball. Muddled cucumber gets a subtle sweetness from pear vodka and St-Germain, with a touch of lemon juice for brightness. Top it all off with club soda, a mint sprig and fresh cucumber slices, and get ready to sip your way into summer.
Arguably one of the easiest cocktails you’ll ever make, this Shandy is easy to whip up in big batches for Memorial Day barbecues or just in single servings for smaller gatherings. Simply combine equal parts kölsch ale and limeade in a Mason jar, and you’re set with an easy and light refresher.
Don your fanciest hat and get ready to watch the Kentucky Derby this month with this classic cocktail in hand. Raw sugar and mint are muddled together, then topped with bourbon and crushed ice. If you’re looking to mix things up, garnish with a few dashes of bitters along with the traditional mint sprig.
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