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Spring has arrived, and it's time to celebrate the warmer weather and blossoming flowers with some refreshing and delicious cocktails. In this article, we'll introduce you to three fantastic spring-inspired cocktails that are not only great-tasting but also easy to make. So, grab your favorite cocktail shaker, and let's dive in!
The Lavender Collins is a delightful twist on the classic Tom Collins cocktail. Its floral notes and delicate flavors make it a perfect choice for a refreshing spring drink. Here's what you'll need to make this exquisite cocktail:
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz lavender simple syrup
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Club soda, to top
- Fresh lavender sprigs, for garnish
- Lemon wheel, for garnish
To make the lavender simple syrup, combine 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of dried lavender in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let it cool, then strain out the lavender.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the gin, lavender simple syrup, and lemon juice. Shake well until chilled.
Strain the mixture into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice.
Top with club soda and gently stir to combine.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh lavender and a lemon wheel. Enjoy your refreshing Lavender Collins!
Sangria is a versatile and crowd-pleasing cocktail, perfect for outdoor gatherings and warm spring afternoons. Our Springtime Sangria recipe combines white wine, fresh fruit, and a touch of elderflower liqueur for a delightful and sophisticated beverage.
- 1 bottle (750ml) white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio)
- 1/2 cup elderflower liqueur (such as St-Germain)
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 cup simple syrup
- 2 cups sliced fresh fruit (such as strawberries, raspberries, and green apples)
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
- Club soda, to top
- Ice, for serving
In a large pitcher, combine the white wine, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
Add the sliced fruit and fresh mint leaves, then stir gently to combine.
Refrigerate the mixture for at least 2 hours, or up to 8 hours, to allow the flavors to meld.
To serve, fill glasses with ice and pour the sangria mixture over the top.
Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with additional fruit and mint leaves. Cheers to a delightful Springtime Sangria!
Cherry Blossom Margarita
Inspired by the beautiful cherry blossoms of spring, this Cherry Blossom Margarita offers a delightful balance of sweet, tart, and floral flavors. It's the perfect
complement to any springtime celebration.
- 2 oz silver tequila
- 1 oz orange liqueur (such as Cointreau or Triple Sec)
- 1 oz cherry juice
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 1/2 oz grenadine
- Ice, for shaking and serving
- Lime wheel and cherry, for garnish
- Salt or sugar, for rimming the glass
To prepare the glass, rub the rim with a lime wedge and dip it into a shallow plate filled with salt or sugar.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the silver tequila, orange liqueur, cherry juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and grenadine. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds, or until the mixture is well-chilled.
Fill the prepared glass with fresh ice and strain the margarita mixture into the glass.
Garnish with a lime wheel and a cherry. Raise a toast to the beautiful Cherry Blossom Margarita!
These three delectable spring cocktails – Lavender Collins, Springtime Sangria, and Cherry Blossom Margarita – are perfect for celebrating the arrival of warmer weather and the beauty of the season. Each recipe is not only easy to make but also features fresh, vibrant flavors that will delight your taste buds and impress your guests. So, don't wait any longer; gather your ingredients, shake up these delightful concoctions, and toast to the joys of spring!