5 Fresh Spring Cocktails

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A month in quarantine may have you missing your favorite happy hour spot! Try making these fresh spring-inspired cocktails, perfect for your next Zoom date or at-home movie night!

Rosemary and Elderflower Spritz
What You’ll Need
  • 1 ounce St. Germain, or any elderflower liqueur
  • 1-2 sprigs rosemary 
  • 1 ounce lemon juice 
  • 1 lemon slice
  • 6 ounces prosecco or champagne 
What You’ll Do
  1. Remove the leaves from one of the rosemary springs and set the other aside. Put the rosemary leaves and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and muddle the leaves. 
  2. Strain the mixture into a glass. 
  3. Top with prosecco and garnish with the lemon slice and remaining rosemary sprig. 
Photo from Camillestyles.com
Honey and Blood Orange Gin Spritz

This is an extremely bright and versatile drink — use vodka in place of gin, or any citrus-flavored spirit, or switch out the seltzer for blood orange Italian soda!

What You’ll Need
  • 2 ounces gin (or vodka if you prefer!)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 blood orange
  • 2 ounces seltzer
What You’ll Do
  1. Slice the blood orange into rounds, leaving the peel on, and put half aside. Place 4 or 5 large blood orange slices into a cocktail shaker and muddle using the back of a wooden spoon. 
  2. Pour the honey into the shaker and muddle again. 
  3. Add the ice and gin and shake, pour into a glass with ice.
  4. Top with seltzer and garnish with a slice of blood orange. 
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Kombucha Mule

Quarantine cocktails…but make it wholesome. Get your probiotics in with ginger kombucha in place of ginger beer in this spicy and sour mule!

What You’ll Need
  • 1 cup ginger kombucha, or about half a bottle. Try GTS Gingerade!
  • 2 ounces vodka 
  • 2 ounces lime juice 
  • Lime wedge and candied ginger for garnish. 
  • ½ cup ice
  • Optional: Add 1 tablespoon of agave or honey for additional sweetness
What You’ll Do 
  1. Add ginger kombucha, vodka and lime juice to a glass. 
  2. Pour into a cocktail shaker or another glass to combine, but don’t shake it! 
  3. Pour the mixture over ice and skewer the lime wedge and candied ginger on the toothpick to garnish. 
Strawberry Basil Margaritas

These margaritas are so refreshing and sweet, but for a spicy version, substitute the basil for jalapeño slices!

What You’ll Need 
  • ½ cup ice
  • 2 ounces tequila 
  • 1 tablespoon honey 
  • 3-4 strawberries, halved
  • 3-4 basil leaves
  • 1 ounce Cointreau or triple sec 
  • ½ cup ice
What You’ll Do
  1. Put one strawberry half and one basil leaf aside. With the back of a wooden spoon, muddle the strawberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. 
  2. Rip the basil leaves into smaller pieces and add to the shaker. 
  3. Pour in tequila, lime juice, honey and cointreau. 
  4. Add ½ cup of ice, shake and pour into glasses and garnish with the strawberry and basil!
Photo from Oursaltykitchen.com
White Peach Spring Sangria

This spring sangria is full of seasonal fruit and makes 6-8 servings!

What You’ll Need
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) sauvignon blanc
  • 2 peaches
  • 1 cup strawberries 
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1 cup seltzer 
What You’ll Do 
  1. Cut the peaches into thin slices and halve the strawberries. Place into a large pitcher. 
  2. Pour the Cointreau, white wine and ice into the pitcher and stir. 
  3. Top the pitcher off with seltzer.
  4. Pour into wine glasses and spoon a few pieces of the sliced fruit into each. 
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