5 Spring Cocktails to Take That Party to the Next Level
What to Sip This Spring
Springtime is here. The gray clouds of winter are melting away, the flowers are in bloom, and the sounds of birds and lawnmowers fill the air. It’s not too hot, not too cold… just right. And it’s the perfect time of year to invite your favorite people over for good times, sparkling conversation, and delicious cocktails.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of spring cocktails sure to liven up your next garden party (or dance party, or pool party).
This crisp indulgence is sure to please any anglophile with a love for the finer things. It’s light, refreshing, and every bit as British as tea and crumpets. And while the Brits are notoriously fussy about the proper way to make tea, this cocktail is quite easy to make.
As the name suggests, you’re going to need some Pimm’s. You’ve probably spotted it at your local liquor store: it’s the bottle with the golden crown and the bold, red, delightfully old-timey font.
You’ll also need lemonade. Fresh squeezed is best, and be sure to set aside a few lemon slices for garnish. You’ll also need some thin slices of cucumber. If you happen to have mint leaves in your garden, harvest a handful. If not, pick some up at the grocery store.
Fill a Collins glass to the halfway point with ice, a few cucumber slices, and a couple of mint leaves for flavor. Add a shot of Pimm’s, and then top with lemonade. Stir gently, and enjoy.
The Perfect Whiskey Ginger
Sipping whiskey straight or on the rocks is an excellent cure for the wintertime blues, but whiskey can also be put to excellent use in springtime cocktails. Submitted for your approval: the classic whiskey ginger.
For our purposes, we don’t need top-shelf sipping whiskey. In fact, whiskey connoisseurs would probably frown on using the good stuff in a mixed drink. A bottle of solid but affordable whiskey will do just fine: e.g. anything that typically sells for under $30 but more than $10.
However, it’s probably best to invest in some high-grade ginger ale. Cock and Bull, Reed’s, and Fentiman’s are all excellent choices.
Prep is simple: fill a highball glass with ice. Add a shot of your whiskey of choice. Top off with ginger ale, and add a dash of bitters just to smooth everything out. Delicious!
When it comes to gentility, the mint julep just can’t be beat. This is the official drink of southern belles and country gentlemen everywhere.
In a highball glass, muddle 3 sprigs of mint with a tablespoon of simple syrup. Then fill the glass three quarters of the way with crushed ice. Add a generous shot of bourbon, and then give it a gentle stir. Finally, fill the rest of the glass with ice and garnish with a fresh mint leaf.
If you’re looking for a thirst-quenching, simple cocktail that will give you more time to socialize and less time spent huddled over your bar, this is it. Before WW II, this drink was typically made with gin. Since then, vodka has become the spirit of choice. You can make it with either, but be aware that the juniper tang of the gin version might take some of your guests by surprise.
To make it, you just mix one part gin or vodka with four parts grapefruit juice, and pour it over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Voila!
Strawberries are one of the first fruits of the season, so we should certainly include them in the fun.
To start, make a strawberry puree out of fresh strawberries and just a little bit of simple syrup. Once that’s done, place two cubes of ice in each Collins glass. Add strawberry puree until it just tops the ice cubes. Add a shot of your favorite gin and a tablespoon of lime juice, then top with club soda. Garnish with a slice of lime. Yum!
We hope these cocktails give your spring some extra kick and make your next get-together the talk of the neighborhood. Just don’t overdo it; you’ve got gardening to do!
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