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6 cocktails for spring

Cocktail Spring Time

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.

Ron Collins

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.

Ingredients

Method

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!

French 75

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.

Ingredients

Method

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.

Mint Julep

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.

Ingredients

Method

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.

Ingredients

Method

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.

1800 Blush

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.

Ingredients

Method

Pour ingredients into a chilled ice-filled glass and garnish with a grapefruit wedge and a sprig of fresh mint.

Pornstar Martini

"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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

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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