It may not seem like it just yet, but spring has arrived. The flowers are starting to bloom, the trees are getting buds on them and the air is starting to warm up. Now is the time to plan on some gatherings, especially after the past year that we have had. How refreshing would it be to have a couple of friends over for a small get together? My guess would be absolutely amazing. I myself can not wait for a backyard barbecue, grilling some burgers, and hot dogs, let’s not forget the mac salad, and of course the cocktails the will be served. This spring, I think we will spring into spring with fruity cocktails. And will be using fresh fruit once it is available. There is nothing better than using fresh fruit of the season, it makes your spring cocktails more springy.
This spring time cocktail is a real crowd pleaser. Serve this one at your next gathering, and your guests will be returning next weekend. Make sure you have enough on hand.
1) 1 1/2 cups of Crown Royal Deluxe
2) 1 1/2 cups of Pomegranate Juice
3) 3 tablespoons of Lime Juice
4) 2- 750 ml bottles of Prosecco, or Sparkling White Wine
5) 1 1/4 cups of Pomegranate Syrup
6) Pomegranate seeds, lime slices, and fresh mint leaves for the garnish
To Make; Using a pitcher, or punch bowl, mix Crown Royal Deluxe, Pomegranate Juice, pomegranate syrup, and lime juice. Add in a handful of pomegranate seeds, a couple slices of lime, and some mint leaves. Fill rocks glasses with ice, pour in the punch halfway over the ice, leave some room at the top. Top off with the prosecco, and garnish with pomegranate seeds, lime slices, and mint leaves. Garnish is optional, unless you want to be fancy.
To make the pomegranate syrup, add equal parts of water, sugar, and pomegranate juice to a saucepan, and bring to a boil. And let mixture cool before use. Bartender tip, make a head of time and store in a squeeze bottle.
Finlandia Raspberry Lemonade:
The sweet fruity flavor of Finlandia Raspberry flavored Vodka is perfect for this delicious spring or summer drink.
1) 2 ounces of Finlandia Raspberry Vodka
2) 2 ounces of cranberry Juice
3) 2 ounces of Lemonade, fresh is best, but you can get away with a powder mix to save some time.
To Make; Fill a highball glass with some ice. Add all ingredients to the glass. Stir lightly. Garnish with the wedge of a lemon and enjoy. Garnish is optional.
Mist And Orange:
It is time to give orange soda an adult upgrade. Add Canadian Mist for an adult treat that you will more of.
1) 1 1/2 ounces of Canadian Mist
2) 5 ounces of Orange Soda
3) 1 maraschino cherry
4) 1 lime cut into wedges
To Make; Fill a highball glass with some ice, add in the Canadian Mist. Top off with the orange soda, and garnish with a lime wedge, or a maraschino cherry. Garnish is completely optional. I do suggest the lime wedge, this way you can squeeze some of the juice from the wedge into your cocktail to brighten it up some.
Nothing says spring like fresh blackberries. So why not add some to flavor this bourbon drink? You will love the complex layers of flavor along with ease of making this cocktail.
1) 1 1/2 ounces of Early Times Bottled- in- Bond Bourbon
2) 1 1/2 ounce of chilled Earl Gray Tea
3) 1/2 an ounce of Blackberry Simple Syrup
4) 1 Blackberry
5) 1 sprig of rosemary
To Make; Add Early Times Bottled- in – Bond Bourbon, chilled Earl Gray Tea, blackberry syrup, and some ice to a mixing glass. Stir well to combine all ingredients. Strain mixture into a coupe glass, or a fun mug as pictured to the right. Garnish with a blackberry and a rosemary sprig. Personally, I omit the rosemary, never cared for its flavor. You can light the rosemary on fire, then douse it out in the cocktail to add a smokey layer of flavor to the drink.
For the blackberry syrup, muddle some blackberries, and add to equal parts of water and sugar. Bring to a boil and let cool. Keep refrigerated for long term storage.
Bubbly Mind Eraser:
This bubbly and fruity twist to the classic Mind Eraser, makes it perfect for pairing at any spring, or summer occasion.
1) 1 ounce of Kahlua
2) 1 ounce of Absolute Vodka
3) 1 ounce of club soda
4) 1 ounce of Champagne or Sparkling White Wine
5) A splash of pineapple juice
6) A strawberry for the garnish
To Make; Add some ice to a highball glass, First add the Kahlua, then the vodka. Add the club soda, champagne or sparkling wine. Top off with a splash of pineapple juice. Garnish with a strawberry, and throw in a straw to help the alcohol go straight to your head. To achieve the layered look, pour each liquor over the back of a tablespoon slowly, as well as the soda and juice. Enjoy.
Grape- Fruit- Mule:
You will love the twist on a favorite. The Rita’s takes the mule to a whole new level. #HAVEARITA
1) 1/2 an ounce of fresh lime juice
2) 1 1/2 ounces of Grape – Fruit – Rita
3) 1 ounce of Triple Sec
4) 2 ounces of Ginger Beer
5) 2 ounces of Vodka
6) Plenty of Ice
To Make; Fill a mule mug traditionally a copper mug with some ice. Add in all ingredients and stir. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel and enjoy.
Hoppy Ever After:
You might think that a hoppy brew and a fruity cocktail have nothing in common, but as the old saying goes, opposites attract. This better together cocktail, flavors combine to create a unique beer cocktail, that will make even the most skeptical hops lover swoon.
1) 1 can of IPA ( Indian Pale Ale )
2) 1 1/2 ounces of Skyy Vodka
3) 2 ounces of peach nectar
4) 1 ounce of orange juice
5) A splash of club soda
To Make; Slowly pour equal parts of beer and the Peach Belle into a large stemless wine glass full of ice. Garnish with a fresh peach slice.
The Peach Belle: Combine Vodka, peach nectar, and orange juice in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake to combine well, strain mixture over fresh ice, and top off with the club soda. Enjoy.
Tropical drink season is upon us, Though I’d argue that there’s never a bad time for a tropical cocktail. After, all it’s one of the Rita’s. Try the island mimosa with a Pine- Apple- Rita. You can thank me later. #HAVEARITA
1) 2 ounces of Prosecco
2) 2 ounces of Pine- Apple- Rita
3) 1 ounce of Malibu Rum
4) Splash of Grenadine
5) Frozen pineapple chunks
To Make; Add frozen pineapple chunks to a mug or a glass to act as your ice cubes. Pour in the remaining ingredients, and give it a stir. Kick back and enjoy one or two, maybe more.
Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely: John D. Have a blessed day my friends.