Spring has sprung! Along with the blooming flowers and beautiful weather comes outdoor parties and fruity cocktails. Stock up your bar cabinets and say cheers in spring style with one (or more) of these juicy cocktails inspired by the season.
- Vodka Lemonade
What’s better than a glass of ice cold, homemade lemonade on a spring day? Spiking it with some vodka! All joking aside, this classic warm-weather drink really does pair well with a splash of your favorite vodka. Swap in a citrus variety for extra flavor and serve it with fresh thyme or mint leaves for a twist. Everyone has vodka in their bar cabinets, and the added garnishes give this adult beverage the perfect boost.
Another citrus infused cocktail that you’re going to love this spring is the Paloma. This Mexican favorite features tequila and is the prettiest shade of pink. Mix one-part tequila, three-parts grapefruit soda, and add a lime wedge — or whip up a version with fresh grapefruit juice. If going this route, follow Drizzle & Dip’s lead by mixing tequila with the juice of half of a grapefruit, agave or sugar syrup, club soda, and lime. It’s Paloma time!
- Apricot + Mint Cocktail
Why not take advantage of seasonal produce when whipping up your spring cocktails? Apricots are in season during the spring months, and their vibrant color and sweet flavor make them a great ingredient in drinks. This recipe from Serious Eats combines muddled apricots, mint, lemon juice, and gin for a refreshing treat. Apricots aren’t used in a cocktail often, which makes this drink unexpected but no less delicious. Offer this fruit forward libation at your next backyard gathering.
- Strawberry Kiwi Sangria
A slushy strawberry daiquiri will always have a place in our hearts, but there are plenty of other ways to showcase strawberries on your spring drink menu. Strawberries pack plenty of flavor and pair nicely with a variety of different liquors. They do especially well with a white wine, which is why we had to include this white sangria recipe from Kitchen Treaty. Both strawberries and kiwis are in season in spring, so this tropical twist on traditional sangria is extra sweet and juicy. Use a dry wine like sauvignon blanc, which also has citrusy notes.
- Jala-piña Margarita
We couldn’t wrap this list up without a margarita, and since we were missing something spicy, this Jala-piña Margarita from Food & Wine was an obvious choice. Made with pineapple, limejuice, tequila and (of course) jalapenos, this margarita will definitely put a little pep in your step. Sweet pineapple and sugar balance the fiery notes in this spring cocktail that is easy to make at home, and it’s as fun to serve as it is to drink. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and mix a little cayenne pepper in your salt before rimming the glass. The bright red cayenne will give this cocktail a little color — and an extra kick!
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