Best 5 Cocktails Fresh and Ready for Spring
The season is changing and spring is finally here! It’s about time to enjoy the warmer weather, and there is no greater way to do that than with a well-mixed cocktail in hand. Whether you go for gin, vodka, or whiskey, seasonal ingredients always play a great role in professional cooking and cocktail preparation.
As the craft cocktail market continues to flourish, bartenders are taking on the best in seasonal produce to create exciting new flavours. Nowadays, bars are using more fresh ingredients, both for sustainability and to improve the quality of drinks. You can create a sunny spring cocktail experience at home by checking out our 5 best cocktails for spring below. Edible flowers are always a great move when welcoming spring to add a splash of colour to your cocktail creations!
- Basil Martini
Using basil in a classic martini adds a fantastic flavour to the gin. It is one of the best examples of how garnishing using herbs can take a drink to the next level to add a surprising level of freshness. Even without basil in the actual cocktail, the burst of fresh basil scent on the nose elevates the taste of the martini.
- Plymouth Dry Gin (60 mL)
- Cocchi Americano (15 mL)
- Dry Vermouth (15 mL)
- Orange bitters (1 drop)
- Basil leaf (1 to garnish)
Take a glass and mix gin, vermouth, Cocchi, bitters, and ice. Stir the drink for 15 seconds and pour it to a cocktail glass. Take a basil leaf and give a hard slap with your palm, then put it in the glass.
- Sparkling Shamrock
The sparkling Shamrock is one of the ideal spring cocktails that can carry you through the whole season with a good energy. The flavours include elderflower, cucumber and pear. We can add lemonade (or club soda, if you prefer) along with a cucumber garnish and fresh mint.
- Cucumber (2 slices)
- Lemon juice (15 mL)
- Simple syrup (15 mL)
- Grey Goose Pear Vodka (La Poire) (45 mL)
- Elderflower Liqueur (15 mL)
- Lemonade or club soda, to taste (90 mL)
- Mint leaves
- Cucumber slices
- Lemon zest
With the help of a cocktail shaker, mix the cucumber slices with the lemon juice. Add ice cubes and mix the remaining ingredients. Shake it well and double strain into a cocktail glass with fresh ice cubes. Pour lemonade or club soda to the drink. Then garnish it with mint, cucumber slices, and lemon zest.
- Thousand-dollar Mint Julep
This is a classic cocktail with three different ingredients, which blends three parts bourbon to one portion of a simple syrup mixed with spearmint.
- Woodford Reserve Bourbon (90 mL)
- Mint simple syrup (2 tablespoons)
- Mint, for garnish (1 sprig)
Mix a glass or julep cup with crushed ice with bourbon and mint syrup, then stir slowly until the glass is completely chilled. Then garnish the cocktail with a mint sprig.
- Blooming Champagne Cocktail
This cocktail is enriched with the scent of hibiscus flowers along with a couple of drops of rose water which turns it into an amazing glass of sparkling cocktail.
- Rosewater (2 drops)
- Hibiscus syrup (1/2 teaspoon), 1 flower
- Sparkling wine to top
Mix rose water, hibiscus flower and hibiscus syrup in champagne and add sparkling wine with it.
- Tanqueray Almond Cocktail
This is a splendid spring cocktail for the season. Given in a brandy snifter, the Tanqueray almond is a scented cocktail that has the perfect mix of Tanqueray London Dry Gin and amaretto.
- Tanqueray London Dry Gin (1 ounce)
- Amaretto (1/2 ounce)
- Dash bitters
- Splash sour mix
- Maraschino cherries
Mix the ingredients in a snifter and add ice cubes, then mix the gin, amaretto, and bitters. Top with a burst of sour mix and then garnish with maraschino cherries.
Spring cocktail recipes are as impressively simple to mix up as they are to sip! Serve up these exquisite spring cocktails at parties or any time you simply want a cold, refreshing drink filled with the spring’s popular flavours. Enjoy these seasonal, spring-inspired cocktails at home!