Spring Into Spirits with Three Refreshing Cocktails

Sapphire East Gin & Tonic Reimagined

Spring has sprung at last, and our palettes are fully ready for the season’s bounty. From ramps and nettle to turkey eggs, fresh, spring ingredients are finally available from farmers markets and restaurants. But we’re not only craving a refresher when it comes to food – warmer weather calls for seasonal spirits as well. We talked to a couple mixologists and cocktail experts to bring you three spring cocktails, perfect to get you buzzing on rooftops and porch swings alike. Check out the three recipes below and get mixing.

Bombay Sapphire East Gin & Tonic Reimagined

“This is the perfect refreshing cocktail for springtime,” Gary Hayward, Bombay Sapphire brand ambassador and mixologist, said. “It’s simple and fresh. Using the Asian-influenced East gin with the two new botanicals – Thai Lemongrass and Vietnamese Black Peppercorn – this refreshing cocktail has many layers!”

1.5 parts Bombay Sapphire East Gin
3-4 oz tonic water
Assorted garnishes

Balloon glass with ice and stir in gin and tonic water. Garnish with juniper berries, cinnamon bark, lemongrass and lime wedge.

Belvedere Kiwi Cooler

“Cocktails are shrugging off heavy, rich flavours in place of bright and breezy drinks with just a hint of summer holidays, enough to get us excited for the beach, Claire Smith, Belvedere Vodka’s Head of Spirit Creation & Mixology, said. “This happy-looking cocktail, resplendent in the colour of spring, is perfect to get you in the mood. Take advantage of the Californian kiwi fruit, which will be going out of season next month, and get muddling. With more vitamin C than an orange, you’ll be feeling ready and refreshed for summer in no time!”

2 oz Belvedere Vodka
1 small peeled fresh kiwi fruit
1⁄2 oz agave syrup
Top Fever Tree Soda Water

Muddle kiwi fruit with agave syrup in a rocks glass and slowly begin adding Belvedere Vodka. Once the spirit and sweetened fruit are well mixed, add crushed ice and a splash of Fever Tree Soda Water.

Hibiki Highball

Meaning “resonance” in Japanese, Hibiki epitomizes Suntory’s unparalleled whisky making expertise. A refreshing blend of pure single malt whiskies, Hibiki is aged in various types of casks including Mizunara, a very rare Japanese oak that creates a full arrangement of flavors and aromas.

1 oz Hibiki 12 year Japanese Single Malt Whisky
3 oz high-quality sparkling water
Sprig of micro mint

Build in a tall Collins glass over ice. Top with micro mint.