Forget waking up in darkness, forget the beast from the east, springtime is here! Well, officially it’s not here until the 20th of March but forgive us for getting ahead of ourselves. Thoughts of flowers blooming, beer gardens reopening and a return of refreshing, colourful cocktails is simply too much to wait patiently for.
The 6 cocktails collected below are sure to be perfect allies in those first skirmishes against the British weather as you celebrate the season. Once we’ve fully thawed from the big freeze, check them out and let us know what you think. Which cocktails will you be serving this spring? Let us know in the comments below.
The Cuban take on the Tom Collins cocktail – rum replaces gin and ‘Rón’ replaces ‘Tom’. It’s a classic case of the magic rum, lime and sugar mix.
Fill a highball glass with ice and pour in the Havana Club 3. Add the fresh lime juice. Pour in the sugar syrup. Top up with sparkling water, stir and serve!
The French 75 is a cocktail made from gin, champagne, lemon juice, and sugar and the combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun also commonly known as the French 75.
Combine gin, syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an iced champagne glass. Top up with Champagne. Stir gently.
The mint julep emerged during the eighteenth century and forms a large part of Southern US culture. With pronounced sugar and mint notes, the Mint Julep goes exceedingly well with brighter days.
- 50ml Maker’s Mark Bourbon
- 8 fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup
- Mint sprig for garnish
Mix together simple syrup muddled with mint and Maker’s Mark Bourbon. Fill glass with crushed ice and pour mixture over top. Sprinkle top of ice with powdered sugar. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Le Grand Fizz
Le Grand Fizz is an elegant cocktail built over ice in a wine glass. Long, refreshing and effortlessly extraordinary, it makes for the ultimate springtime serve.
- 35 ml Grey Goose Vodka
- 25 ml St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- 12.5 ml lime juice
- 3 wedge of fresh lime
- 70ml soda water
In a large wine glass filled with ice, add the Grey Goose and St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur. Add the lime juice and top with chilled soda water. Stir and garnish with lime wedges.
The signature serve of 1800 tequila, this refreshing serve will help usher in the upcoming brighter months. Bright pink and packed with fruity aromas, you’re sure to want a second.
Pour ingredients into a chilled ice-filled glass and garnish with a grapefruit wedge and a sprig of fresh mint.
"The drink is very evocative and tantalising. I called it Pornstar because I thought it was something that a Pornstar would drink, there’s nothing sexual there", says the drink's inventor Douglas Ankrah.
- 1 Slice Pineapple
- 50 ml Absolut Vanilia
- Pulp of half a passion fruit
- 12.5 ml vanilla syrup
- 50 ml passion fruit purée
- Passion fruit half for garnish
Muddle pineapple in a shaker. Add Absolut Vanilia, passionfruit, vanilla syrup and passionfruit pureé. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with passionfruit.
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