Mint Julep: A Mint Julep is the quintessential spring cocktail for sipping out on the porch. If you’ve planted herbs this spring, you’re in luck! You can find several recipes online, but we like this one from Food Network star, Alton Brown. Muddle up 10 mint leaves with 1 ½ teaspoons of fine sugar. Pour in 1 and ½ ounces of Kentucky Bourbon. Add ice and top your glass off with seltzer water. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Mojito: Another cocktail starring mint, the Mojito is easy to make and easy to love. All you need is sugar, lime, and mint, plus some light rum and seltzer water. Muddle your mint and sugar, then add the rum and seltzer, and serve over ice. For a complete recipe from Real Simple, click here. For a large party, whip up a big batch ahead of time (minus the mint – add that as your guests arrive), and serve in pitchers.
Mango Mojito: This recipe from Martha Stewart adds a fruity twist to the traditional Mojito described above. For entertaining, you can make the base the night before, and pulse or muddle the fresh mint before serving. You’ll need a blender to puree 4 cups of chopped fresh mango with sugar, rum and lime juice. Again, top with seltzer water for added fizz.
Strawberry Peach Sangria: This creative cocktail comes from Bon Appétit, and features a plethora of fresh fruit favorites in addition to spring strawberries and peaches. Ingredients also include white wine, peach liquor, lemons, oranges, and strawberry syrup. Strawberry syrup can be found at most supermarkets, or make your own by sautéing frozen strawberries with equal parts water and sugar (until sweet to taste), and pureeing with a hand blender. For the Strawberry Peach Sangria recipe, click here.
Carrot Cooler: This cooler recipe from Coastal Living will brighten up any spring fling. Light and refreshing, it has a lovely orange hue, thanks to freshly pressed carrot and orange juice. You’ll also need some limes, ginger ale, tequila and a pinch of turmeric. Click here for the full recipe. If you don’t have a juicer, there are several brands gracing grocery stores shelves, as naturally sweet carrot juice is growing in popularity.
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