As winter turns to spring, cocktails should reflect the change in seasons. That means lighter drinks featuring fresh ingredients, including herbs and fruits. Spring cocktail recipes are as delightfully easy to mix up as they are to drink. Serve them at a party or any time you simply want a cold, refreshing drink filled with the season's favorite flavors.
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During the first days of spring, mix up the delightful cherry blossomtini. The recipe puts a sake twist on the cosmopolitan, retaining the famous drink's Cointreau and cranberry juice. Since it has such a familiar base, you can enjoy it for any occasion and serve it to drinkers of any taste.
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It's easy to overlook springtime fruits like Bing cherries and nectarines. The duo comes together brilliantly in the reposado old-fashioned recipe. It puts an aged tequila spin on the whiskey classic and is a beautiful way to usher in the new season.
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Whiskey lovers can brighten up their favorite spirit, too. The whiskey smash is perfect for spring sipping, with its crisp, refreshing taste of spearmint and lemon. It's an old recipe that's been delighting drinkers for over a century, and there's a good reason it remains a hit.
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The mint julep is the drink to have during May's Kentucky Derby, but it's fabulous any day of the year. Its popularity makes it seem out of reach, but there are no big secrets: Simply muddle mint and sugar and add bourbon and crushed ice.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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Lilacs are among the first blooms of the season, and a homemade lilac simple syrup brings the tiny flowers into your drinks. The lilac shandy combines the floral sweetener with fresh lemonade. Add your favorite light beer, and a magical spring cocktail is yours to enjoy.
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Tamarind and Tequila
Few flavor pairings can touch the duo featured in this refreshing highball. The tamarind and tequila mixes up quickly, and it's a drink that you can enjoy all afternoon. The only unusual ingredient is the tamarind nectar, but it's readily available in the juice aisle of many supermarkets.
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Pineapple and Sage Gimlet
Look no further for the ultimate spring pitcher drink. The pineapple and sage gimlet puts a herbal and tropical fruit spin on the classic gimlet. The play of fresh sage off the pineapple, with gin quietly hanging out in the background, is sure to tantalize your taste buds.
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Lavender Sapphire Collins
Lavender syrup should be a staple in any spring bar because the sweet, floral taste embodies the season. It's the key to transforming the popular Tom Collins into a lavender Sapphire Collins. With a gin base, this tall spritzer offers an intriguing depth of botanical flavors that everyone will love.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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It's green, fruity, and oh-so-easy to make, so you're sure to fall for the Japanese slipper. The cocktail requires just three ingredients—Midori, Cointreau, and lemon juice—poured in equal amounts. There's no chance you'll forget the recipe, and it may become your new go-to for a fascinating green cocktail.
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Concerned that you aren't getting enough veggies in your diet? The green giant cocktail can help you out! This very interesting recipe pairs spring's sugar snap peas with fresh tarragon, an organic vodka, dry vermouth, and honey. It's the ultimate garden-fresh cocktail.
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Rhubarb is another garden favorite with a short season. The rhubarb-rosemary daiquiri recipe is all about fresh rhubarb juice, pairing it with rosemary syrup and your favorite light rum. It's a refreshingly sweet drink and one of the most intriguing daiquiris you'll have all year.
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Add a touch of lime to your vodka martini. A refreshing and uplifting cocktail for a spring afternoon, the April rain is incredibly easy. The recipe lets fresh lime juice take center stage, backed by nothing more than your favorite vodka and dry vermouth combo.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Lavender Lemon Drop Martini
The sweet, floral taste of lavender comes to life in the lavender lemon drop. It's an amazing little cocktail that muddles a few lavender buds into a familiar tart vodka martini. The difference is both subtle and remarkable, and one that's guaranteed to break you out of that winter rut.
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Fresh-squeezed lemonade is a sure sign of spring, and the hello kitty recipe puts it to good use. The three-ingredient cocktail has a gentle fruit flavor with a unique twist, thanks to Ty Ku Liqueur—a neon green liqueur flavored with natural fruits and botanicals that make this vodka martini a real beauty.
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The best flavors of spring come together in the sparkling shamrock. While it sounds like the ideal St. Patrick's Day cocktail, it can carry you through the entire season. The recipe features cucumber, elderflower, and pear along with lemonade (or club soda, if you prefer) to create a brightly flavored drink that's hard to resist.
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Easter would not be the same without chocolate, and the Easter Bunny cocktail will take care of your springtime sweet tooth. The recipe calls for both a chocolate liqueur and syrup paired with the vodka of your choice. It's accented by a touch of cherry brandy to make it a memorable experience.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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Hosting an early spring brunch? Bring this charming elderflower cocktail to the table and impress everyone. Elderflower may not bloom until May, but with a liqueur like St. Germain, you can get a jump start on the season. The floral flavor comes to life under the sparkling wine, and it's hard to outshine this drink's brilliance.
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This no-proof cocktail is a flavorful twist on lemonade, and it's a fun drink to share with the entire family. To create the green lemonade, you'll dress up your favorite lemonade recipe with limeade or lime cordial and a few pieces of muddled kiwi. It's a fantastic new way to enjoy a warm-weather staple.
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Apricot brandy is the perfect accent for spring cocktails. In the English Rose, it's combined with tart lemon and sweet pomegranate to create a fruity twist on the classic gin martini. It's a lovely drink to enjoy as you watch your flowers peek out from the ground.
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Prepare yourself for the tropical drinks of summer with this simple rum cocktail. The yellow bird uses both dark and light rums along with the vanilla-anise flavor of Galliano and orange juice. It's a fun and quick recipe that can even be tossed into the blender if you really want a feel of the warmer days ahead.