Spirited Springtime Recipes For You To Enjoy As We Practice Social Distancing

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While Spring is officially here, during these times of being quarantined at home, many of us are craving a cocktail hour! So open up your laptop and download Zoom and prepare to share these spring-inspired cocktail recipes with your friends. From rum, tequila, vodka, gin, and many more–we’ve rounded up the most festive cocktails to keep you festive and prepared for your virtual happy hours with friends and family during these trying times.

COCKTAIL RECIPES

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2 parts Martini & Rossi

1 ½ parts St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

2 parts Sparkling Water

METHOD

Fill a tall Collins glass with ice. Add Martini & Rossi first, then St-Germain, then Club Soda. Stir completely and then garnish with a lemon twist.

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1.25oz Santa Teresa 1796

1oz Fresh Carrot Juice

.75oz Fresh Carrot Spiced syrup

.50oz Triple Sec

.50oz Fresh Lemon Juice

1 egg white

METHOD

Combine all ingredients and dry shake for 10 seconds. Add ice, shake until chilled. Double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a star anise and carrot powder.

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1.5 parts GREY GOOSE® Vodka

0.5 part St-Germain Liqueur

0.75 part Strawberry Puree

0.5 part Fresh Lemon Juice

2.0 parts Prosecco

Mint Sprig

Sliced Strawberry

METHOD

Build in a wine glass, add ice and top with prosecco. Garnish with mint sprig and diced strawberry.

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45 ml GREY GOOSE® Vodka

30 ml Pineapple Juice

15 ml Aperol

15 ml Fresh Lime Juice

15 ml Simple Syrup

7.5 ml Passion Fruit Syrup.

METHOD

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with pineapple and a lime wedge.

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35 ml Grey Goose vodka

15 ml St-Germain Liqueur

15 ml Fresh Lime Juice

20 ml Celery Juice

Dash of Chartreuse

Soda Water

METHOD

Combine spirits and juices in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over ice in a highball glass. Top with soda and garnish with celery stick.

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1.5 oz Cazadores Añejo Cristalino

3/4 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange

2 Lime Wedges, 2 Lemon Wedges

1 Orange Wedge

METHOD

In a cocktail shaker, muddle citrus and combine all other ingredients with ice, shake and serve up in a coupe glass. Garnish with lime, orange and salt.

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Ingredients:

Ice cubes

Chilled Prosecco

Aperol

Soda, served from syphon or chilled bottle

Slice of orange

Instructions: In a glass full of ice, combine Prosecco followed by Aperol in equal parts. Add a splash of soda and garnish with an orange slice.’

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1 Kitchen by Chris Crary at 1 Hotel West Hollywood || Sunset Cocktail, $18 — Courtesy of Bryan McGee, Bar Manager

RECIPE:

1.5 oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila

1oz. Lime Juice

.5 oz. Agave Nectar

2 Fresno Pepper Slices

5 Cilantro Leaves

½ Rim of Tajin

Fresno Chili garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pour all ingredients into a shaker, muddle and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Rim a rocks glass with half tajin and place a large format ice cube inside. Fine strain cocktail over large ice cube and garnish with a Fresno chili.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 strawberry, muddled

1.5 oz. vodka

.5 oz fresh lemon juice

.5 oz basil simple syrup

4 oz. Mezza di Mezzacorona Rosé

METHOD: In the shaker muddle the strawberry first, then combine vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup and ice. Shake well and pour into a cocktail glass with ice. Top with chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona Rosé. Garnish with a fresh strawberry slice.

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1oz Vodka

1.5oz Bonal

.5oz Lime

.25oz Simple

.75oz Raspberry (perfect puree)

2 dashes of angostura

Directions: Shake and strain into rocks glass. Top with crushed ice and garnish with mint and raspberry.

Glass: Glenn Cairn

Ice: Crushed

Garnish: Mint sprig and raspberry

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INGREDIENTS

½ part Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore

1/2 part St. Germain

2–3 drops Angostura Bitters per glass

Lemon slices as garnish

DIRECTIONS

Pour St. Germain into wine glasses, add drops of Angostura bitters.

Top with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore

Garnish with a lemon slice.

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1.5 oz Mount Gay XO

1 bar spoon liquid honey

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1.5 oz hot water

Orange Zest

Pour all ingredients into a rocks glass. Add hot water and stir in honey till dissolved. Express the orange zest and serve.

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1oz Absolut Elyx

.75oz Aperol

.15oz Campari

1oz Tangerine juice

.75oz Lillet Rouge

3oz Champagne

Glass: Balloon

Garnish: Dehydrated orange and olive

Method: Build over ice and top with champagne, garnish

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2 Chivas Regal 13 Year Old

.75 Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth

.50 Blood Orange Juice

2 Dashes Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters

Build in glass over large rock. Stir.

Garnish with large orange peel, studded with 6 to 8 cloves.

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1 ½ parts Monkey Shoulder

¾ parts Sweet Vermouth

¼ part Maraschino Liqueur

2 Dashes Chocolate Bitters

Garnish with Orange Twist

Method: Combine ingredients, stir, and strain into a coupe glass-up, fashioned glass and garnish with an orange twist.

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2 parts Flor de Caña 7

2 parts pineapple juice

1/3 part fresh lime juice

2/3 part extra-fine sugar

Method: Combine the pineapple juice, rum, lime juice, sugar, and ½ cup ice in a cocktail shaker and shake to chill. Strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

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1 oz- D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac

1- Sugar Cube

3 Dashes- Angostura Bitters

Martini & Rossi Asti

Glassware: Flute

Garnish: Orange Twist

Add D’USSÉ, sugar cube and bitters into a flute. Top off with chilled Martini & Rossi. Garnish with an Orange twist.

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1.75 oz Partida Blanco Tequila
.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.75 oz Partida Organic Agave Nectar (Cut 50/50 with water)
8 to 10 Raspberries
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice into a highball glass. Top with sparkling water or club soda.
Garnish: Lemon twist and 3 Raspberries on a pick.

WINES & CHAMPAGNES

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This wine was first made in 1960, by the legendary Max Schubert, this was the wine that helped to forge Penfolds solid reputation with red wine drinkers combining the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with the richness of Shiraz. Bin 389 is celebrating 60 years in 2020. Retails for $80.00

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Continuing to be one of France’s most popular libations around the world, Ruinart Champagne has been perfected to sparkle and impress. With its very recognizable bottle from the 18th Century, it is the perfect stand out item to include in a spring picnic, poolside event, or any outdoor activity celebrating the sunnier days ahead! First developed in 1764 & still recognized for its 18th century bottle. Lush & delicate, with notes of pink grapefruit & red berries, & silk tannins. Pairs well with salmon, lamb veal and berries.

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While rosé doesn’t need a season, it generally has an easy-going nature that makes it perfect for being out and about with friends. It tends to be a fruity, social drink that is easy to forget once it’s gone. That isn’t the case with Peyrassol Cuvée des Commanderie Rosé 2019. This is a rosé that you will miss once your glass is gone and you’ll want the bottle all to yourself.

Hiding behind the Cuvée des Commanderie Rosé’s deceptive pale salmon pink color, the blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah is allowed to work its magic.

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Kim Crawford, a household name is now available Canned! The just debuted Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Cans feature the same great refreshing taste and tropical aromas known and loved by many, but in the convenience of a single serving can. Ideal for on-the-go imbibing, whether that be at the park, beach or your rooftop, Kim Crawford Cans are adorably packaged in a cute slim can duo pack.

Celeb brand fans include Kate Bosworth and Emma Roberts. Kim Crawford cans retail for $9.99 at local and national stores such as Target.

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Eroica Riesling offers sweet lime and mandarin orange aromas with subtle mineral notes. The mouth-watering acidity is beautifully balanced by flavorful Washington Riesling fruit. To achieve this off-dry Eroica style Eroica strive for bright fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced mineralilty.

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This bold Cabernet opens with flavors of black cherries and blackberries with a touch of currants and vanilla, complemented by earth and mineral notes. Deep berry flavors lead to a soft tannin cocoa finish.

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“Luscious loganberry, Bing cherry and rising bread dough waft forth with a pleasing hint of caramel and aromatic sandalwood. The smooth, weighty palate offers cherry candy, pomegranate, candied orange peel and a touch of anise concluding with a nicely uplifting finish.”

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A 90 points & Editors’ Choice awarded wine from Wine Enthusiast 2019, this vintage brings ripe fruit flavors and a generous helping of oak spices make this full-bodied wine flavorful and easy to sip. It brings cinnamon and red cherry to the nose, and black cherry, cranberry and baking spices to the palate.

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Floral and lifted, the 2016 offers terrific Cabernet aromatics to match its mid-weight structure and overall mouthfeel. Offered at a superb value, aromas of lush black cherry, blackberry and cassis fill the glass. Round, rich seamless tannins provide a robust backbone and supple mid-palate. Notes of cedar, vanilla and a hint of mocha linger on the finish.

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An intense concentration of black fruit and dark chocolate is enhanced by 18 months of oak barrel aging, resulting in seductive fruit tone on the nose and a long, velvety finish.

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In true California style, this wine features vibrant fruit notes of apricot, Bartlett pear, peach and pineapple layered by lovely pie spices, toasty maple and vanilla. “Sashay, shantay” and Chardonnay through this extravagant and addictive competition!

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Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

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