Spring has finally sprung, though it’s far to say that many parts of the country are still firmly in the grip of winter. Whether the weather is wintry or sunny, these Spring-inspired cocktails showcase the best flowers, fruits, herbs, and even veggies that are in season right now.
1. Edible Flower Cocktails
Nothing says “Spring” quite like a bouquet of flowers, which is why edible blossoms are the perfect ingredient for a warm-weather cocktail party. Borage flowers can be boiled into simple syrup, adding a cucumbery note to the syrup that is ideal for Hendrick’s gin martinis. Wine Enthusiast has a cool recipe for a cocktail called the Calamity Jane, which consists of white whiskey, lavender liqueur, and elderflower liqueur.
Just be careful with edible flowers, and only buy them from reputable retailers who haven’t let the blooms come into contact with pesticides.
2. Asparagus Martini
Yeah, you read that right. Believe it or not, asparagus can be used to make a surprisingly tasty cocktail. Spring is the perfect time to find tender stalks of white or green asparagus at the farmer’s market or grocery store. The Five O’Clock Cocktail blog has a recipe for a Dirty Gin Martini with Pickled White Asparagus Spears, while Summer Fruit Cup notes that there used to be a brand of asparagus-flavored gin sold in the United States during WWI.
Try adding pickled asparagus spears to your favorite martini recipe as a garnish, or try asparagus-infused gin in your next G&T.
3. Mint Julep
Mint is plentiful this time of year, so a classic Mint Julep or Mojito cocktail is a perfect way to use up any excess mint in your garden or window box. Or muddle it in a highball glass with pulverized fresh ginger and a dash of sugar, then top with white rum and club soda.
4. Grapefruit Cocktail
Speaking of mint, another way to sneak it into a cocktail is to make a Vodka Floridita. This on-the-rocks cocktail consists of red grapefruit vodka, lime juice, grapefruit juice, triple sec, and mint leaves for garnish.
5. Strawberry Slushito
While some parts of the US don’t see prime strawberry crops until July or August, other markets are seeing beautiful berries right now. Serious Eats has a great post on the variety of cocktails that celebrate the strawberry, including a Balsamic Strawberry Smash with bourbon and a “slushito” with strawberry, lime, gin, and Campari.
6. Rhubarb Margarita
Strawberry and rhubarb go together beautifully, so you can add rhubarb to pretty much any strawberry cocktail listed above. That being said, if you want to try rhubarb without the sweet interference of berries, you can mix up plenty of drinks that focus on the pure taste of these green-and-red stalks.
Food & Wine cites the Blue Hill Stone Barns as a spot that makes a good rhubarb gin fizz, while Etsy advocates for the use of rhubarb syrup in a Margarita, along with jalapeños, Cointreau, and lime juice.
7. Radish Mule
Spring can actually be a tough time for cocktail fans who dislike sweet drinks. With so much focus on fresh fruits and floral flavors, the majority of seasonal cocktails this time of year are on the sweet side. That’s what makes the idea of a radish cocktail so appealing.
Details cites Austin’s Bar Congress, which is home of the Miso Mule. This savory cocktail consists of radish, miso paste, honey, Japanese whiskey, and lemon-lime soda. NPR notes that gin and ginger beer pair well with pickled daikon radish.
8. Apricot Blossom
Saveur has a great recipe for a rum-based Apricot Blossom cocktail, although this doesn’t make use of the fresh fruit, but rather apricot liqueur. Maker’s Mark has a recipe for an Apricot-Sage Bourbon cocktail, but this also doesn’t use fresh apricots, favoring apricot jam instead.
If you want to make use of the fresh apricots that are in season now, you can run the fruits through a juicer and mix with an equal measure of Absolut Ruby Red.
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What’s your favorite Spring cocktail?