Cheers to Spring!
Picture this… You’re sitting on your porch, taking in the smell of the freshly blooming flowers while the sun beats down onto you. The ice in your glass clinks against the sides as the droplets of perspiration fall onto your leg. The cold is gone, the birds are singing loudly nearby, and the day is still upon us. It’s spring. What better way to celebrate your later afternoon with a sweet, cold, cocktail under the sun?
Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail:
12 oz. Lillet Rose
12 oz. Ruby Red grapefruit juice
6 oz. gin
6 edible flower blossoms (optional)
Combine 6 oz. Lillet, 6 oz. grapefruit juice, 3 oz. of gin, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake it well until chilled. Strain the liquid and divide cocktail among 3 stemmed cocktail glasses.
Garnish with flowers. Serve immediately.
Source: Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail
St. Germain Spritz:
1 oz. St. Germain Liquor
1 oz. Campari
7 oz. sparkling white wine (or club soda)
Cherrie, Apricot slices, and fresh mint leaves for optional garnish
Fill your cocktail glass with ice and add in St. Germain, Campari, and sparkling white wine.
Top with your choice of garnish and serve.
Make sure to stir not shake. Shaking will knock the carbonation out of the wine.
Source: St. Germain Spritz
Coastal Orange Blossom Gin:
2 oz. gin
1 oz. orange blossom water
2 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
4 oz. unsweetened coconut water
Orange wedge, edible flowers for optional garnish
Add your gin, orange blossom water, orange juice, and coconut water into a cocktail shaker with ice. Give it a thorough shake and strain into an ice filled glass.
Top with an orange wedge or your edible flowers.
Strawberry Basil Gin Jammer:
2 fresh strawberries, sliced
3-4 fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon strawberry jam
2 oz. gin
Whole strawberries for garnish (optional)
In a rocks glass, muddle the strawberries and basil. Fill a cocktail shaker ¾ of the way with ice. Combine the strawberry jam and the gin inside and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Pour contents, including ice, into the rocks glass.
Garnish with whole strawberry
Source: Strawberry Basil Gin Jammer