As sunlight stretches well into the evening and parks ignite with a riot of flowers, we've got one thing on our minds: Spring entertaining. In this new warmer season, bring on the brunches, breezy rooftop bars, and long weekends away.
If you're mapping out the season ahead and are planning on hosting friends and family, consider trying one of these 17 spring and summer-ready cocktail recipes. We called on our friends at Food52 and other favorite foodie and home entertaining blogs to share the simple yet impressive cocktails their community of home cooks are obsessed with—think a Cucumber Fennel Fizz, Lemon Lavender Gin Ricky, and more.
Forget mimosas or martinis—herald a new season by mastering these lip-smacking, warm-weather cocktails instead.
Blackberry Ginger Ale Mojito
The Hero Ingredient: Blackberry. Refreshing yet rich in flavor, this isn't your typical mojito.
The Recipe: This cocktail recipe from Food52 calls for muddling mint, ginger, and fresh blackberries in a tall glass, then topping with rum and ginger ale.
Pro Tip: Add frozen blackberries and ice cubes to keep the drink cool, suggests the Food52 recipe.
Pomegranate Blackberry Bramble Cocktail
The Cocktail: Pomegranate Blackberry Bramble Cocktail
Why We Love It: This berry-forward cocktail recipe from Salt & Wind is the perfect mid-summer companion. All you need are fresh blackberries, vodka, pomegranate liqueur, honey or simple syrup, and freshly squeezed lime juice.
Pro Tip: Garnish with a blackberry skewered on a rosemary sprig.
Cucumber-Fennel Ginger Fizz
The Hero Ingredient: Fennel. The herb gives this unique cocktail from Food52 an interesting flavor twist.
The Recipe: Blend the cucumber then add lime juice, apple cider vinegar, ice, fresh fennel, and gin if preferred. Blend until foamy, and then divide into two glasses and top with club soda or ginger ale and frozen blueberries.
Pro Tip: Garnish with fresh fennel.
Fennel and Peach Sour
The Cocktail: Fennel and Peach Sour
Why We Love It: Fennel and tarragon add an unexpected layer of flavor to The Charming Detroiter's peach sour cocktail. First, soak fennel seeds in vodka for up to 72 hours. Then combine with peach honey simple syrup, lemon juice, and a sprig of tarragon.
Pro Tip: Keep fennel vodka at room temperature until you're ready to serve.
The Hero Ingredient: Cinnamon. Two cinnamon sticks in this classic tiki drink give this cocktail a touch of spice.
The Recipe: Follow the steps on Food52 to create Donn's Mix, and then add all the ingredients (a trio of rum, grenadine, grapefruit juice, Angostura bitters, Velvet falernum) except mint in a blender with ice. Blend until smooth and then pour into glasses.
Pro Tip: Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.
Lemon Lavender Gin Rickey
The Hero Ingredient: Lavender. The fresh sprigs give this cocktail from Food52 a heady scent.
The Recipe: Add the gin, lemon juice, and honey to a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake well. Strain into a glass over ice, and top with lavender sprigs.
Pro Tip: Add a slice of lemon to garnish.
Lavender Bellini Cocktail
The Cocktail Recipe: Lavender Bellini Cocktail
Why We Love It: This simple cocktail from Salt & Wind comes together beautifully with only chilled sparkling wine, dried culinary lavender buds, peach juice, and sugar.
Pro Tip: "I typically do one part champagne to one part peach juice but you can create based on your own taste," writes Salt & Wind contributor, Rachel Hollis.
Rosé Raspberry Lavender Spritzer
The Cocktail Recipe: Rosé Raspberry Lavender Spritzer
Why We Love It: This garden-in-a-glass cocktail from Salt & Wind is perfect for brunch. Seek out a rosé vodka like Hangar 1, make a raspberry lavender syrup, add lime juice, and fresh raspberries.
Pro Tip: Make the raspberry lavender syrup ahead so all you have to do is shake everything up the day-of.
In My Solitude Cocktail
The Hero Ingredient: Grapefruit. The freshly squeezed juice in this Food52 cocktail recipe offsets the tang of tequila.
The Recipe: Rim the glass with vanilla salt and grapefruit. Then, put the tequila, Lillet, grapefruit juice, orgeat, and bitters in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake. Strain and serve.
Pro Tip: The recipe contributors prefer B. G. Reynolds brand of orgeat, which is available directly on their website.
Aperol Paloma Cocktail
The Cocktail: Aperol Paloma Cocktail
Why We Love It: Aperol adds a hint of bitterness to this citrusy, mouthwatering cocktail from Salt & Wind. In a cocktail shaker, shake up tequila, grapefruit juice, Cointreau or orange liqueur, lime juice, and Aperol.
Pro Tip: Garnish with a lime slice.
Peachy Grapefruit Salty Dog Cocktail
The Cocktail: Peachy Grapefruit Salty Dog
Why We Love It: Peach and grapefruit make a balanced and summery cocktail "perfect for a warm summer's evening," writes Sugar & Charm. All you need is grapefruit juice, peaches, and gin.
Pro Tip: Rim the glass with salt to complete the cocktail.
Strawberry Margarita on the Rocks
The Hero Ingredient: Strawberry. Change up your usual margarita mix with this thirst-quenching variation.
The Recipe: Blend strawberries in this Food52 cocktail recipe with simple syrup and combine with lime juice, orange liqueur, and tequila. Shake or stir with ice, and garnish with a lime wedge.
Pro Tip: Add more simple syrup if needed.
Strawberry Moscow Mule
The Cocktail: Strawberry Moscow Mule
Why We Love It: Berry-infused vodka adds a fruity twist to a classic cocktail. Just add mint, lime juice, simple syrup, and ginger beer to strawberry vodka.
Pro Tip: "Know that the sweetness and spiciness of the type of ginger beer you use may require you to use more or less lime or agave to balance the cocktail," advises Salt & Wind.
Strawberry Pineapple Mojito
The Cocktail: Strawberry Pineapple Mojito
Why We Love It: This fruit-forward mojito recipe from Muy Bueno Cookbook is equally sweet and tangy. Take strawberries and pineapple juice and mix with tequila, sparkling water, mint, honey, and lime.
Pro Tip: Garnish with a pineapple wedge and strawberry.
Whiskey Peach Smash
The Hero Ingredient: Peach. The stone fruit pairs perfectly with bourbon to make a surprisingly refreshing spring tipple.
The Recipe: To make this Food52 cocktail, muddle mint and lemon; then add peach jam, honey, and bourbon, and stir. Add ice; then shake hard, and strain into a glass.
Pro Tip: Garnish with mint.
Peach Basil Margaritas
The Cocktail: Peach Basil Margaritas
Why We Love It: Peach and basil shake up the classic margarita with fruity, herby refreshment. To make this cocktail from The Chunky Chef, you'll need fresh basil leaves and peach slices, peach liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, and tequila.
Pro Tip: Add a splash of grenadine or pomegranate juice for a little more color in your glass, recommends The Chunky Chef.
Balsamic Peach Spritz
The Cocktail: Balsamic Peach Spritz
Why We Love It: The pairing of peach jam and white balsamic vinegar make this summer spritz recipe from Half Baked Harvest slightly sweet with a hint of tart. Top with Prosecco, and a drizzle of basil extra virgin olive oil if you want to get extra fancy.
Pro Tip: Serve with fresh basil leaves and peach slices.