Time to freshen up your cocktails, people. It’s finally springtime. Now, while I firmly believe that a dirty martini and a dry red wine are always in season…mixed drinks and spirits are most thirst-quenching and satisfying when they celebrate the season. Here are my fresh takes on spring cocktails. Cheers, everyone! Thanks to my good friend and fellow blogger, Rachel of @myroaringacres (Twitter) and @roaringacres (Instagram) for her styling and photography talents!
The Spring Fling
This is for those of you who are are on the Moscow Mule train. No copper mug needed here, although, I suppose it would be pretty great in one of those if you own a couple. Pick up your favorite brand of ginger beer, (NA or with alcohol, whatever you prefer) I used Bundaberg, and try your hand at infusing vodka. Not hard, I promise. For the Spring Fling, add thinly sliced cucumber to a mason jar full of vodka. At my house we’re usually stocked up with Three Olives. And just let it hang out in the fridge for at least a day, but a couple days is better. And you can buy simple syrup, or make it yourself (2-1 parts sugar to water) heat until dissolved. This drink, to me, is an excellent candidate for a happy hour at home. Slap together a nice looking cheese plate and you’re in business.
1 tsp. simple syrup + 2 pinches of fresh mint, muddled together with a wooden spoon
Equal parts cucumber infused vodka and ginger beer
Add ice and garnish with fresh cucumber slices (I toss in a couple that have been sitting in the vodka)
Limoncello is another thing I always have in my liquor cabinet (or freezer). I only buy Caravella, everything else is too sweet for my taste. And when I saw a basket of blood oranges at the grocery store the other day, I knew that would be just the “sweet” to the “tart” I was looking for. Make this pretty spritzer for book club night and your friends will forgive you for not actually having read the book.
3 oz. vodka
2 oz. limoncello
Splash of Martini & Rossi Bianco (a light, lemon/sweet vermouth)
The juice of half of a blood orange
Shake in a cocktail shaker full of ice to chill, finish with a generous pour of San Pellegrino Blood Orange sparkling fruit beverage, or sparkling water if you’d rather it less sweet. Garnish with a slice of blood orange.
This one’s for you moms who’ve been hocking Girl Scout cookies for weeks, stationed at the grocery store, going door to door, and calling in favors. You deserve this. This one is also for those of you who occasionally make the choice to “drink your calories” some days. No judgment here. The Samoa is by far my favorite of the varieties sold by those cute little devils…I mean scouts. Did my best to recreate that decadent flavor. This one is best done in batches, because you’ll be using a blender.
1 part Disaronno (Italian liquor)
1 part Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
2 parts Smirnoff Kissed Caramel flavored vodka
Splash of Half & Half
Blend above ingredients in a blender, along with ice, until you reach desired consistency
Rim your cocktail glass with Smuckers Salted Caramel Topping then coat with toasted coconut (bake sweetened coconut flakes at 350* until golden brown). Finish with a chocolate drizzle in a pattern like the cookie.
I’m always up for suggestions. What are you shaking, stirring and pouring these days? #toast