Spring has sprung, and there’s something undeniably rejuvenating about all the bright flavors that follow. Sip into the season in your NEMA San Francisco kitchen and savor the taste of spring with one of these dozen refreshing cocktail recipes.
Kentucky Buck. Strawberries shine in this tall, refreshing, gingery cocktail, made with bourbon, fresh lemon, muddled berries, and spicy ginger beer.
Green Tea Sangria. Healthy cocktail? Yes, please. Sweetened with honey and featuring green tea, this sangria boasts metabolism-boosting properties.
Oaxaca Old Fashioned. There's an old fashioned for every season. This version—which some call the king of mezcal cocktails—pairs reposado tequila, mezcal, agave nectar, and Angostura.
Ruby Red Gimlet. This little gimlet is a big way to welcome spring. The floral notes of gin and slight bitterness of grapefruit are lit up with lime juice in this exhilarating sipper.
Strawberry, Grapefruit, and Chamomile Brunch Punch. If you need spring cocktail recipes for an upcoming brunch gathering, this is your move—a pitcher full of strawberry-chamomile punch to please a crowd.
Raspberry Peach Champagne Cocktail. Peach vodka, raspberry syrup, and some fine bubbly are blended to create this dazzling drink.
Aperol Spritz. Prosecco first, then Aperol, then club soda. Combining the ingredients this way ensures that the drink will essentially mix itself, instead of all of the bittersweet Aperol sitting on the bottom of your glass.
Raspberry Lemon Drop. This is such a simple and fun spring cocktail. Raspberries, lemon and a hint of fresh thyme make one of the best spring cocktails out there.
Orange Ginger Mint Sodas. This citrusy, hot-weather soda makes the perfect brunch mocktail, thanks to its punchy flavors (fresh orange, ginger, and mint) and bubbly effervescence.
Spiked Rose Lemonade. Delicate rose water and tart lemonade are a refreshing combination—and the pretty pink drink looks even better if you freeze red berries and edible rose petals into the ice cubes.
Carrot Orange Punch. You can enjoy this vibrant mix of soda, orange juice, and carrot juice with or without alcohol. To make it boozy, simply add your favorite vodka or rum.
Cucumber Gin Cocktail. This pretty gin drink starts with muddled cucumber, makrut lime leaves, and citrus, and it's topped with club soda.
Photo by Olenka Sergienko.
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