It’s finally time to put away the winter coats, roll down the windows, and start enjoying the outdoors again. For those of you that have been cooped up far too long (or even for those of you who have been posting passive-aggressive Look how great it is here in Florida beach photos all winter), check out these cocktails to get back in the springtime spirit.
Know what makes this list even better? March 24 is National Cocktail Day. There is literally no better reason to pull out your favorite shaker and open up the liquor cabinet. So get to it and get drinking.
Prairie Arnold Palmer
Method: Combine all ingredients.
Doing the Most
- 2.5 oz Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
- 1 oz Svedka Vanilla
- 1 tsp honey syrup (2:1 honey: water, mixed well)
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 2 tsp edible gold flake
Method: Combine liquid ingredients and 1 tsp of gold leaf with ice in a mixing glass. Stir with ice and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Sprinkle remaining tsp of gold leaf decoratively over cocktail.
- 2 oz. gin
- .25 oz. green chartreuse
- 1 oz. green tea/passion fruit
- .5 oz. lime juice
- .5 oz. simple syrup
- top with soda water
Method: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a wine glass. Top off with soda water with big ice cubes. Garnish with an edible cherry blossom flower.
Pineapple of My Eye
(Created by Ivy Mix, NYC)
- 1 1/2 parts Laphroaig 10 Year Old
- 1/2 part Pineapple Rum
- 3/4 part Lime Juice
- 3/4 part Simple Syrup
- Barspoon Pomegranate Molasses
Method: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Blood Orange Margarita
Method: Garnish with a blood orange wheel (if in season) otherwise lime wheel. Combine ingredients and shake well.
Spritzing Sie Deutsche
(Created by Brian Prugalidad, Campfire, San Diego. Photo by Arlene Ibarra)
- 3 parts Jägermeister spritz batch*
- 1½ parts soda
- 1½ parts Champagne/sparkling wine
Method: Build in wine glass, add 5 or 6 ice cubes. Garnish with thyme, star anise, and orange zest.
Jägermeister spritz batch*
- 2 ½ parts Jägermeister
- 1 ½ parts Anjou and Bartlett pear juice
- 1 part lemon juice
- ½ part Quince syrup**
- ½ part Ginger syrup***
Method: Add the batch to 1½ parts whole milk and let sit for at least an hour, preferably around 4 hours. Allow to strain without agitation through chinois and cheesecloth. Repeat straining until the curds are absolutely strained out.
- 8 oz Quince (by weight after Rescoldo cooking)
- 16 oz water
- 16 oz white sugar
- 4 star anise
- .5 tsp Bourbon Barrel Vanilla extract
Method: Peel quince, cut in half, and core. Toss in Canola or Grapeseed oil and brown sugar. Double wrap in foil so juices cannot escape. Place in a single layer pan and cover with embers. Carefully wrap with foil and place in grill holding station until soft, approximately 30 minutes. After quince is cooked, weigh on scale. Mix water and sugar in a pot on low heat and add quince, star anise, and Bourbon vanilla extract. Bring to a boil then drop to a gentle simmer for 20 minutes. Pick out star anise then blend with a VitaMix. Fine strain with chinois & China Cap. Makes 24 oz.
(For those without access to quince or the ability to process the quince in this way, a split of honey syrup [3 parts honey: 1 part water] and Giffard Orgeat.)
Method: Process ginger to make ginger juice. Add 3 parts sugar to 2 parts ginger juice and blend till smooth.
- 2 oz LEAF Vodka
- 5 oz lychee puree (perfect puree)
- 5 oz grapefruit juice
- 5 oz lemon juice
- 1 oz sparking rosé wine
Method: Shake all ingredients except rosé wine, add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass, top off with sparkling rosé, garnish and serve.
- 2 oz Hopped Soda (Such as Proper Soda’s Hop Soda)
- 1.5 oz Absolut Citron
- .75 oz Lillet
- .75 oz Lemon
- .25 oz Suze
- 2 1” Ginger slices
Method: Muddle ginger slices in a mixing glass. Combine remaining ingredients with an ice cube and shake to incorporate. Strain over crushed ice in a pilsner glass and top with Hopped Soda. Garnish with a sidecar of pilsner beer.
(Created by Hemant Pathak, Junoon, NYC)
- 1 oz Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey
- .75 oz Blended Scotch
- .5 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
- .25 oz Saffron-Infused Maraschino Liqueur
- 2 dashes Grapefruit Bitters
Method: Stir all ingredients well over ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
(Created by Julie Reiner)
- 1 oz. Strawberry-infused Campari
- 1 oz. Cinzano Vermouth Bianco
- 1 oz. London Dry Gin
- Orange Twist
Method: In a mixing glass, combine Strawberry infused Campari, Cinzano Vermouth Bianco and London Dry Gin. Add ice and stir. Strain over one large ice block in a rocks glass. Garnish with orange twist and a fresh strawberry.
(Created by Leo Robitschek,Eleven Madison Park, NYC)
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- ¼ oz ginger syrup (1:1, ginger juice:turbinado sugar)
- ¼ oz honey syrup (2:1, clover honey:water)
- ¾ oz lemon juice
- ½ oz St-Germain French elderflower liqueur
- ½ oz Trinidadian rum
- 1 oz bourbon, preferably Elijah Craig 12-year
Method: Shake all the ingredients with ice. Strain over ice into a double rocks glass.
(Created by Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru)
- 1.5 oz Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky
- ¾ oz Pear Puree or Nectar
- ¼ oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 tsp Maple Syrup
- 2 oz Sparkling Wine
Method: Stir ingredients briefly with ice in a shaker tin and strain into a champagne flute. Garnish with a pear slice (when available) or half of a lime wheel.
Kishu Mandarin Frosé
(Created by Blake Pope, Kindred, Davidson, NC)
- 1 bottle of rosé wine
- 1 batch simple syrup* (3:2 parts sugar to water)
- 2 cups Kishu mandarin juice (or tangerine)
- 1/4 cup Montenegro Amaro
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
Method: Using a large pitcher or bowl, combine all ingredients. Whisk well until fully combined. Pour mixture into a freezer safe container, sealed. Freeze for at least 12 hours, preferred overnight. When ready to use, remove from freezer and mix frozen mixture with a spoon. Mix until slushie consistency. Serve, topped with fresh mint. Serves 12.
(Created by Anne Robinson, Westlight, Brooklyn)
- 1 oz Vida Mezcal
- .75 oz Lustau “Los Arcos” Amontillado Sherry
- .5 oz Hangar One Mandarin Vodka
- .25 oz Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot Liqueur
- .75 oz Lime juice
- .5 oz Agave syrup
- 1.5 oz Cava to top
Method: Shake & strain into a coupe glass. Top with cava and garnish with a lime wheel.