A Taste of Spring

With spring upon us and the weather getting markedly warmer and sunnier, there is never a better time to celebrate with a delicious spring cocktail or two. No need to put on your alcohol blanket to face the cold, this selection here contains a mixture or tried and true classics and a few fresh ideas. All are good for sharing in the sun with friends, or later in the evening if you are heading for a night out.

Margarita
A classic to begin with. What other drink instantly conjures up images of warm and sunny weather? You can make a fine margarita using a premix or fresh ingredients, both work well.

Ingredients
2 oz Tequila
1 oz Lime juice
1 oz Cointreau
Rub the rim of one of those fantastic margarita glasses with the lime, then coat it with salt. Shake the other ingredients with ice and pour into the glass.

Bourbon Colada
Here’s a recent twist on the well-known Pina colada. Perfect for fans of bourbon.

Ingredients
1.5 oz Bourbon
0.5- .75 oz coconut cream or coconut liqueur
0.75 oz whipped cream
0.75 oz pineapple juice

Mix all of the ingredients and give it a shake, then pour into a glass with ice.

Cosmopolitan
Always a crowd favorite, made famous by a certain TV show a few years ago. You are guaranteed to be asked to make this by somebody at a party so it is an excellent one to master.

Ingredients
2 oz Vodka
1 oz Cranberry Juice
0.5 oz Cointreau
0.5 oz lime juice

Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the ingredients. Shake well and serve.

Peach Bellini
There’s nothing better than downing a fine glass of bubbly on a warm spring day. A Peach Bellini is the perfect drink to down in warm weather. Easy to make and they look classy when done right.

Ingredients
3 oz Prosecco
2 oz peach puree

Mix and serve in a champagne flute. Add a slice of the peach wedge to decorate the glass.

Manhattan
Another perennial favorite that is as classy and as well known as the Borough it was named after.

Ingredients
1 oz Vermouth (1/2 sweet, 1/2 dry)
2 oz Whiskey (Rye preferably)
5-6 drops of orange bitters
Cherry

Mix the whiskey, vermouth, and bitters in a mixing glass, stir with ice. Pour into a cocktail glass with a cherry garnish.

Martini
Made famous by the Queen’s favorite spy. There is a multitude of ways to make a martini. Start with this recipe and experiment until you have found the perfect way to make yours.

Ingredients
2.5 oz Gin
0.5 oz Vermouth (dry preferably)
A dash of orange bitters (optional)
Olive (optional)

Pour all of the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and mix. Shaken or stirred – that is your preference. Strain into a martini glass and add an olive.

Tequila Honey Bee

Ingredients
2 oz tequila
1 tbs honey
1 tbs warm water
Lemon juice

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and stir until the honey has dissolved, then shake. Serve in a chilled glass.

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