With warmer weather on the horizon, its time to switch over to slightly fresher flavors! Here are some spring cocktails inspired by warmer weather, to get you into the spirit(s).
1 ½ oz. reposado tequila
½ oz. crème de cassis
½ oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
Ginger beer to taste
Blackberries for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, cassis, and lime. Shake well and strain into a chilled, ice-filled old-fashioned glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with blackberries. For a milder El Diablo, substitute ginger ale for the ginger beer.
10 mint leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons fine sugar
2 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
Put the all but one of the mint leaves in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass and top with the sugar. Muddle together until the leaves begin to break down. Add a splash of seltzer water, fill the glass 3/4 full with crushed ice, and add the bourbon. Top with another splash of seltzer, stir, and garnish with the remaining mint. The mint julep is a classic spring drink, featured frequently at the Kentucky Derby.
The Scotch Sour
2 oz scotch whiskey
3/4 oz lemon juice (fresh squeezed, of course), and
3/4 oz simple syrup.
Combine all the ingredients in a old- fashioned glass with ice for this classic beverage. To make your own simple syrup, combine water and sugar in a pan, and boil until it becomes a syrupy consistency.
3 oz. rosé wine
1 oz. bourbon whiskey
1 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice
Orange wedge to garnish
Shake the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice then strain into a tumbler full of ice cubes, garnish with the orange wedge, and drink up. Local rose’s (such as Wolffer Estate’s Summer in a Bottle) are now available, and fit perfectly with this cocktail.
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
4 large mint leaves
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup brewed green tea, chilled
1 ounce white rum
Muddle the lime juice, mint, and sugar together in a collins glass until the leaves bruise lightly and the flavors release. Add ice until glass is about 3/4 full and then pour in rum and green tea. Stir thoroughly.
We carry many of the supplies for the drinks above in store. If you make any of the cocktails, we would love to hear from you! You can comment right back here on our blog, on Facebook or in the store. We are excited to hear your opinions!
—Pauline Fink, Staff