8 Delicious Cocktails to Help You Pretend It's Spring
There comes a time every year when even the most enthusiastic skiers and cold-weather fans start to grow weary. Sludgy sidewalks and overcast skies are enough to give anyone momentary winter blues but there are a couple of ways to herald the new season (or trick yourself into believing it's here) sans clear skies.
If you're counting down the days until spring, these floral and fruity libations are just what you need. A far cry from winter's spicy mulled wine and spiked hot chocolate, these creations embody the shift of season with citrus notes, hints of honey, fragrant herb garnishes, and uplifting fruit flavors.
Dreaming about a vacation? Try one of these eight cocktails and transport your taste buds to spring.
Gin and Tonic
Level of Difficulty: Medium. This recipe requires multiple steps, including simmering honey, steeping a chamomile tea bag, and muddling the strawberries. It doesn't require a great deal of skill, but it does take longer than a standard pour, mix, and drink cocktail.
Hero Ingredient: Chamomile. The creation uses a homemade chamomile honey–infused simple syrup to offset the sweet strawberry and tart grapefruit juice flavor.
Serving Tip: Give a lowball glass a sugar rim and garnish with fresh chamomile flowers.
Elderflower and Honey
Level of Difficulty: Medium. This recipe also involves a honey- and tea-based simple syrup, but it takes a total of five minutes to whip up.
Hero Ingredient: Honey. When combined with tea and lemon juice, this soothing, sweet cocktail will have you believe you're basking in a blossoming spring garden.
Serving Tip: Sprinkle with edible flowers.
Rhubarb and Fennel
Level of Difficulty: Hard. The rhubarb fennel syrup doesn't require much effort, but you'll need a well-stocked bar cart to make this creation.
Hero Ingredient: It's a tie between fennel and rhubarb. These two unique ingredients work in tandem to create an unusual, earthy libation.
Serving Tip: Use a vegetable peeler to carve long rhubarb ribbons.
Lavender and Lemon
Level of Difficulty: Medium
Hero Ingredient: Rosemary. Create rosemary simple syrup by infusing the herb with hot water and dissolved sugar. Then combine the syrup with grapefruit juice and gin for a fresh, aromatic drink.
Serving Tip: Serve over ice with a wedge of fresh grapefruit.
Fig and Honey
Level of Difficulty: Hard. You'll need a saucepan, food processor, whisk, and pitcher to make this cocktail.
Hero Ingredient: Figs. Rich flavor leeches from the fresh figs when simmered in honey and water. Thyme and orange liquor complete the cocktail.
Serving Tip: Pour into a lowball glass and top with a fresh thyme sprig and fig slice.
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