Spring means more parties, longer days and the promise of all that summer is going to bring. It’s time to celebrate with a good cocktail or two. Whether you’re toasting to Cinco de Mayo, cheering on horses in the Kentucky Derby or simply enjoying the clement weather, we have you covered with these 11 cocktails.
Rhubarb and strawberries are a classic combination that you won’t be able to get enough of this month. Your choice of gin or vodka plus Aperol provides a boozy backbone for rhubarb syrup, lemon and strawberry juice. Top with club soda for a bit of fizz, and garnish with a pickled rhubarb stalk and a lemon wheel.
The Kentucky Derby is at the beginning of May, but you’ll want to sip a cocktail this good straight through to September. Simple syrup, mint and bourbon are all you need to make this classic drink. For a true Derby experience, make sure you serve it over crushed ice and in a traditional Julep cup.
Looking for something a little more spirit-forward? We have you covered. This distant relative of the Martini has been around for more than a century and for good reason. Gin, sweet vermouth, orange bitters and Angostura bitters combine for a cocktail that’s well-rounded, smooth and perfectly boozy.
If you’re hosting a crowd for Memorial Day celebrations at the end of the month, mix up a batch of this bright punch to welcome the new season. Lemons bring a sunny flavor to vodka, Aperol and fresh orange juice. Top with club soda for a little effervescence, and garnish with fresh thyme for an herbal scent.
Bourbon and gin are your best friends in this hangover-curing concoction. The spirits are mixed with lime juice, bitters and ginger ale to soothe your morning-after blues. This recipe is flexible, so feel free to adjust the amount of ginger ale to reflect how you’re feeling.
Sweet, bitter, citrusy—all three describe this Italian springtime cocktail. Sweet vermouth, limoncello and Campari are stirred with ice until chilled, then the whole thing is topped with soda water and garnished with a thyme sprig and an orange slice for a simple afternoon drink you can make all season long.