If you are anything like me, you take the most pleasure out of entertaining.
Sure you can pull out the mimosas and cosmos, you can serve some wine and sangria; but why not get creative and have fun with your cocktails. Bring a touch of the tropics with watermelon, a hint of India with mango lassis or a touch of the south with homemade peach iced tea.
The following recipes some of my favorites because most are easy to make and are light and refreshing for spring. Would love to know what your favorite cocktails for spring are, so go ahead and share them in the comments section.
10. Ginger Mint Mojitos: This is one of the most popular cocktail recipes on the site. This variation on the mojito is super fresh and tastes delicious.
2 limes, 2/3 cups of white rum, 10 fresh mint leaves, 1/4 cup of sugar, 2 tbsp fresh ginger, 2 cups club soda.
Juice the limes (1/4 cup) and save the halves. Mash the limes, juice, rum, mint, sugar and ginger in a bowl with spoon. Strain into bowl. After 20 minutes: discard solids. Fill 4 glasses with ice, 1/2 cup of rum mix and 1/2 cup club soda. Garnish with mint & Serve.
9. Melon Ball: This is one of the classic cocktails, but still one of my favorites. It is great as a classic, but also works quite well as a granita.
3/4 oz Midori, 3/4 oz Vodka, Orange Juice (honeydew melon – optional).
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the spirits and top with the orange juice then stir with a spoon. If it is a really hot day, bring out your blender. Put ice in the blender, add the ingredients and a little honeydew melon and blend.
8. Puerto Rican Iced Tea: One of the most dangerous cocktails out there. A variation on the Long Island Iced Tea that is tropical and fruity. The original recipe calls for 1/2 oz of gin, but I find it tastes better without.
1/2 oz orange vodka, 1/2 oz coconut rum, 1/2 oz triple sec, pineapple juice, lemon lime soda.
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the spirits and pineapple juice leaving a little room for the soda. Stir. Once you have stirred the cocktail add a splash of lemon lime soda. .
7. The Wallaby Darned: Talk about the ultimate summer drink. I usually leave out the peach schnapps for a more balanced flavor.
1 cup frozen sliced peaches, 2 oz. champagne, 1 oz peach schnapps, 1 oz vodka, 4 oz peach nectar, 3 ice cubes.
Start by putting the ice in the blender. Add all the ingredients and set on ice crush. Serve and enjoy.
6. Watermelon Sparkler: Talk about refreshing. This takes a little more work, but it is definitely worth it.
2 cups Watermelon juice, 1 cup vodka, seltzer.
To make the juice, pick up a seedless watermelon (or de-seed one). Puree the watermelon in a food processor. Grab your strainer and pass the puree through the strainer. You may have to do this a couple of times to get the juice nice and thin. (If you have a juicer sitting in the attic, this is the time to bring it out). Mix the juice and vodka in a pitcher. Top with seltzer and serve as punch.
5. Peach Iced Tea: Inspired by the south and incredibly refreshing. This recipe is a total crowd pleaser.
4 cups home brewed peach iced tea, 1 cup vodka, ice.
To brew your own tea pick up a package of peach tea bags. Put 4 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar in a sauce pan and bring to a boil while stirring. As soon as the water boils, bring to medium and continue stirring for about 5 minutes. This will cause the sugar molecules to dissolve evenly throughout the liquid so that the tea tastes sweet throughout. You can change the sugar to water ratio according to your level of sweetness. Grab a heat proof glass pitcher and add the syrup to 4 tea bags. Let it steep for about 5 minutes. Take out the bags and allow the tea to cool.
Once the tea has fully cooled, add the vodka. You can serve the tea in a tall glass with ice or you can put in a blender with ice to make it a slushy.
4. Caipirinha: Anyone who’s been to Brazil has fallen in love with their national cocktail. Similar to a mojito and perfect on a hot balmy day.
1 small lime, 1.5 tsp sugar, 1.5 oz Cachaca (Brazilian Rum).
Cut the top and bottom off the lime. Cut the rest of the lime lenghtwise in quarters and place in glass, skin side down. Add sugar & muddle until sugar is dissolved. Fill glass with crushed ice Pour in Cachaca, stir. If you don’t have cachaca, you can make this with 151.
3. Banana Daiquiry: Get your potassium and your groove on at the same time.
1.5 oz dark rum, 1/3 banana, splash of lime juice, club soda.
Mix the rum, banana, lime juice in a blender with ice. Set on Ice Crush until the cubes are crushed and slushy. Pour into a margarita glass or other large glass with ice. Top with soda and garnish with am orchid or umbrella.
2. Mango Lassi: This is a variation of your regular mango lassi. Super easy to make and easily adapted to a virgin cocktail.
1 minneola tangelo, 1 cup frozen mango, 1/4 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup coconut rum, ice.
Put all your ingredients in the blender and set to ice chop. Serve in a margarita glass rimmed in sugar.
1. Strawberry Bellini: Not a true Bellini since we’re putting it in the blender, but deliciously sinful.
1 cup frozen strawberries, 4 oz Prosecco, 4 oz peach juice, ice cubes. Mint leaves for garnish
Put all your ingredients in the blender and set on ice crush. Serve in a champagne flute and garnish with two mint leaves.