9 Springtime Cocktails You Need to Master Right Now
Step up your brunch game with 9 warm-weather cocktails just in time for spring!
Spring has sprung, and that means it's time to move on from the hot toddys and boozy hot chocolates. But if you're not quite ready for frozen daiquiris and piña coladas, we've got a drool-worthy list of warm-weather cocktails just in time for spring.
This sweet treat is the perfect end to a delicious meal. Put 3 sugar cubes in a shaker and add .5 oz. of water. Top with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream. Next, add 3 bar spoons of Amaro Lucano and shake. For an extra-special touch, line the rim of your glass with colorful sprinkles.
Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail with Simple Syrup
If you like your adult beverages on the sweet and savory side- try this Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail. It’s pretty in pink thanks to a bit of grapefruit juice which gives it a citrus-y kick.
A refreshing blend of rosemary and grapefruit juice adds a bittersweet taste to this delectable cocktail — the perfect addition to a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
Make It: Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail Recipe
For a tasty option with added health benefits, this gin-based beverage combines cucumber, apple cider and cranberry juice. Yum.
Make It: Cool Cucumber Cocktail Recipe
Fresh Peach Bellini
After one taste, this will be your go-to spring and summer cocktail. Blend one diced and seeded peach and press through a sieve. Fill a champagne glass with your peach purée and top it off with your favorite chilled prosecco (we used Zonin Prosecco White Edition: Glera & Pinot Bianco cuvée).
Try our spin on the traditional Collins with a springtime version with a sweet twist. Lavender syrup and fresh blackberries are the stars of this boozy blend.
Make It: Lavender Collins Cocktail Recipe
Ginger and Carrot Cocktail
Best when made with fresh ingredients, this carrot-infused beverage is the perfect choice for a lazy weekend brunch.
Make It: Ginger and Carrot Cocktail Recipe
This exceptional cocktail from Damiano Coren, the bartender at The Standard Hotel’s Café Standard, is the perfect option for anyone with a sweet tooth and a penchant for decadent drinks. To make a tasty Strawberry shrub, muddle 3 strawberries with sugar, mint and ½ oz. red wine vinegar; then add 1 oz. of the shrub to a shaker. Next, add 1 oz. organic apple juice, 1 egg white, 2 dashes of chocolate mole bitter and 1.5 oz. Amaro Lucano. Dry shake, strain and pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a strawberry.
Cardamom Berry Smash
This refreshing option mixes succulent blackberries with a welcome kick of cardamom. Garnish with a bit of mint, and you’ll be ready for the sunshiny days of summer ahead.
Make It: Cardamom Berry Smash Recipe
When it comes to brunch, not much beats a bubbly champagne cocktail. But this fruity concoction that blends champagne with tequila, orange cognac and a few other fruity additions just might take the cake.
Make It: Fizzy Lizzy Recipe
With equal parts Campari, gin and vermouth, this seemingly-simple cocktail is actually quite intriguing with a bittersweet taste that is both refreshing and complex. Orson Welles was once quoted saying, “The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other out.” The Negroni is traditionally garnished with an orange peel and served on the rocks.
This colorful, bourbon-based cocktail is recognized for its prominent reputation. You'll often see a traditional Manhattan in the hands of New York socialites or among ritzy, fashion-forward movie personalities such as Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot. And, of course, no Manhattan is complete without a cherry on top.
Known for its mature taste, this bourbon-based cocktail is best when mixed with fewer ingredients and garnishes. Skip the pineapples and umbrellas — all this drink needs is whiskey, sugar and lemon juice (and maybe a cherry and orange wedge for garnish) to give it a genuine look and flavor.
In cocktail language, “sidecar” actually refers to what’s left over after a bartender mixes a drink. He or she will then pour the remainder into a shot glass on the side, hence the sidecar. But the sidecar has evolved into so much more than a few extra sips. A tasty combination of brandy, triple sec and lemon juice, this incredible drink has definitely come into its own.
The Lemon Drop martini is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. Its lemonade-style appearance and flavor make it an ideal beverage for those that like to disguise the potent taste of alcohol. If you're making this drink for party guests, garnish with a fun and colorful lemon twist and add sugar around the rim of the glass for extra sweetness.
This popular and complex beverage can be as spicy or mild as you like. Flavorings such as Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper can be added according to your preferred taste. Bloody Marys are most often garnished with a celery stalk, lime wedge and olives, and are the perfect accompaniment to a casual weekend brunch.
Most often enjoyed in Mexican restaurants and to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the States, it might surprise you to learn that this delicious blend of tequila, triple sec and lime juice is not actually a traditional Mexican drink. In fact, the origin of the Margarita is still somewhat of a mystery. But there’s no doubt, it’s the perfect addition to a basket of chips and salsa.
Believe it or not, vodka hasn’t always been such a popular choice of spirit in the United States. So rumor has it that when a bartender couldn’t move it (along with several cases of ginger beer), the Moscow Mule was born. Served in a copper mug with a hint of lime, this refreshing beverage has been a bar staple ever since.
Originally a mix of rum, lime and sugar, the classic Daiquiri has since taken on many forms, including the popular strawberry variety. And though the winning combo was not the first of its kind, the use of Carta Blanca Rum from Cuba gave this drink a fresh spin. Originally served on the rocks, author Ernest Hemingway preferred his frozen and by the double.
The name Mai Tai actually translates to “out of this world” in Tahitian, and that’s exactly what it is. This summertime cocktail is actually quite intricate with a torrid history that originated in the 1940s. The tropical beverage got its start in California with the wake of tiki-bar culture, but the true inventor of the popular rum cocktail is a mystery to this day. But to enjoy this tasty concoction, all you really need to know is which dark and light rums you prefer.
It may be Brazil’s national cocktail, but Americans have definitely caught on to this refreshing drink that is actually made from a unique spirit known as cachaça (made from the fermentation of sugarcane juice that is then distilled). Add some sugar and lime, and you have yourself a delightful beverage with a kick.