As the snows melt and the sun comes out, you are probably itching to get outside. On those days when it’s not raining April showers, grab your bar tools and shake up a delicious and fresh cocktail. You’ll be sure to bring a smile to your friends (and yourself) as you share these cool spring-inspired drinks. Here are some of our very favorite cocktail recipes!
Here at Home Kitchenary, we do more than just write about kitchen tools so that you can have the kitchen appliance reviews you know and love; we cook, eat, and drink delicious meals in our home. I’m a very seasonal drinker, which means during the cold months I tend to enjoy my dark beers and liquors. However, once the ice melts and the flowers start blooming, I love to mix up my drinks with more spring themes — hence some of my favorite recipes below. My liquor of choice tends to rotate as well, so I’ve given a couple different cocktail recipes that should make everyone in your kitchen happy. Try these out and let us know how you enjoyed them and whether you did any modifications to the recipes.
3 Spring Cocktail Recipes You’ll Love
If you are a fan of honey-flavored cocktails such as the Bees Knees, try this tequila cocktail recipe that makes a perfect combo of sweet and citrus. And don’t worry about shopping for honey simple syrup; it’s super easy to make — here’s the recipe!
2 oz White Tequila (Patrón Silver)
.75 oz honey simple syrup
.75 oz fresh lime juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker full of ice and shake. Strain into a coupe glass and decorate with a lime wedge.
Nothing beats a mint julep on a warm spring day. If you’re a fan of bourbon but like to mix up your cocktails, try this fresh drink. Like any good drink or dish, quality ingredients are needed to make this drink really pop. Fresh mint and a well-made bourbon are the backbone of a mint julep.
2 sprigs of mint
2 oz Bourbon (Woodford Reserve)
.5 oz simple syrup
In a highball glass, muddle mint with the simple syrup. Fill cup 3/4 full with crushed ice. Add bourbon. Stir. If there is any remaining room, fill with crushed ice. Use a sprig of mint for garnish.
Basil Tom Collins
Basil may seem like an odd flavor to add into your drink, but it works wonderfully in this spring-themed cocktail recipe. If you are not too partial to the powerful flavor of basil, try a fewer leaves or even switch it out for mint. Remember, getting fresh basil leaves is key to creating this tasty cocktail.
1.5 oz Vodka (Titos)
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
Club soda to top
2-4 basil leaves
Combine vodka, lemon, 1-3 basil leaves, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Double strain and pour into a collins glass and top with soda. Garnish with a fresh basil leaf.
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When I’m not cooking, I’m enjoying the fruits of my labor. In this case, it’s the drinks of my labor! When it comes to cooking or making drinks, I’m continually on the lookout for the best tools. I make sure to take the time to read and research a variety of products with a wide focus — value, style, high tech — because I understand that everyone’s kitchen is different. Try out these cocktail recipes and let us know below how they taste! I’m constantly working on improving my cocktails and I’m always looking for tips.