Spring CocktailsPosted: April 23, 2015
When I think of spring cocktails, floral notes and hints of sweetness come to mind. Here are three of my favorite springtime cocktails that are great for sipping on warm days outdoors while soaking in the new season.
Lillet Blanc Cocktail: This cocktail is a rather recent discovery that has quickly become a staple in our home. Lillet Blanc combined with grapefruit make this drink soft and subtly sweet. Adding a flower to the drink not only gives it a pretty garnish, but the scent of the flower is present as you drink.
Ingredients: 2 oz Lillet Blanc, 2 oz fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice, 1 oz Hendrick’s gin, 2 dashes simple syrup. Add all ingredients to a chilled shaker, shake well then add to saucer with flower for garnish.
French 75: We first tried this take on a French 75 on our trip to Austin a couple of years ago. The muddled strawberries give the drink an extra touch of sweetness and a punch of spring color. We enjoyed it so much that it has become one of our all time favorite cocktails, and was one of our two specialty cocktails on our wedding day.
Ingredients: 2 oz gin (I like to use Hendrick’s gin for the added rose petal flavor), 2 dashes simple syrup, 4 oz Brut champagne, 1 tbsp muddled strawberries, squirt of lemon juice. Add all ingredients (except champagne) to shaker, add to flute and top with champagne.
St. Germain Sparkling Limeade: I associate limeade more with summertime rather than spring, but adding the St. Germain (an elderflower liqueur) makes this cocktail feel light and flowery, making it a perfectly crisp spring cocktail.
Ingredients: 2 oz Hendrick’s gin, 1 oz St. Germain, 6 oz sparkling limeade, lemon & lime slices for garnish. Add gin, St. Germain, and lemon wedges to a glass filled with ice and top with sparkling limeade.