Despite the weather’s vagaries, cocktails are embracing refreshing flavors and bright colors to say, “Enough already—spring’s here.” Here are six spring cocktails to get you into a warm weather mood.
- 2 ounces Grey Goose La Poire
- 3 ounces coconut water
- 1/4 ounce Falernum
- 3 sprigs mint
- 3 leaves basil
- 3 medium-thickness slices cucumber
Muddle cucumber, mint, and basil. Pour Grey Goose La Poire, coconut water, and Falernum in a shaker. Shake and strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Garnish with cucumber and mint.
- 3/4 ounce Campari
- 3/4 ounce Contratto Bitter
- 3/4 ounce Contratto Rosso
- 3/4 ounce Martelletti Classico
Stir and strain. Serve on the rocks. Garnish with an orange slice.
The classic Sidecar gets a little twist at The Liquor Cabinet, with fresh lime juice and local New York bourbon.
- 1 part Courvoisier VSOP Cognac
- 1 part NY Hudson Baby Bourbon
- 1/2 part Cointreau
- 1/2 part fresh lime
Stir with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist.
- 2 ounces Citadelle Gin
- 3/4 ounces lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce blueberry syrup
- 1/2 ounce orgeat syrup
- 2 dashes Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters
- 1 dash vanilla extract
For the Blueberry Syrup
Heat 1 pint of blueberries with 337 grams of white sugar and 337 grams of water and 1/4 ounce of lemon juice.
Shake all the ingredients together, strain into a highball glass full of crushed ice. Garnish with three blueberries on the top.
- 1 1/2 ounce Reyka vodka
- 1/4 ounce lime juice
- 1 bar spoon rhubarb jam
- 1/4 teaspoon of habanero salt
- 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
- 1 1/2 ounce Amaro Lucano
- 1 ounce organic apple juice
- 1 ounce strawberry shrub
- 1 egg white
- 2 dashes chocolate mole bitter
For the Strawberry Shrub:
- 3 strawberries
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3–4 mint leaves
- 1/2 ounce red wine vinegar
To make the shrub, muddle 3 strawberries with sugar, mint, and red wine vinegar.
Place all the ingredients in a shaker, dry shake, strain, and pour in a cocktail glass. Garnish with half a strawberry on the rim.