Spirited Springtime Recipes For You To Enjoy As We Practice Social Distancing
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.
2 parts Martini & Rossi
1 ½ parts St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
2 parts Sparkling Water
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.
1.25oz Santa Teresa 1796
1oz Fresh Carrot Juice
.75oz Fresh Carrot Spiced syrup
.50oz Triple Sec
.50oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 egg white
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.
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
Build in a wine glass, add ice and top with prosecco. Garnish with mint sprig and diced strawberry.
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.
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.
35 ml Grey Goose vodka
15 ml St-Germain Liqueur
15 ml Fresh Lime Juice
20 ml Celery Juice
Dash of Chartreuse
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.
1.5 oz Cazadores Añejo Cristalino
3/4 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
2 Lime Wedges, 2 Lemon Wedges
1 Orange Wedge
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.
Aperol Spritz — “The Perfect Serve”
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.’
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
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.
Fragole on Ice
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.
.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
Garnish: Mint sprig and raspberry
St. Germain Prosecco
1/2 part St. Germain
2–3 drops Angostura Bitters per glass
Lemon slices as garnish
Pour St. Germain into wine glasses, add drops of Angostura bitters.
Top with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
Garnish with a lemon slice.
Barbad’ Old Fashioned
1.5 oz Mount Gay XO
1 bar spoon liquid honey
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1.5 oz hot water
Pour all ingredients into a rocks glass. Add hot water and stir in honey till dissolved. Express the orange zest and serve.
Tangerine & Olive
1oz Absolut Elyx
1oz Tangerine juice
.75oz Lillet Rouge
Garnish: Dehydrated orange and olive
Method: Build over ice and top with champagne, garnish
Chivas Regal Rebel
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.
The Malt Jockey
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.
Flor de Caña Pineapple Daiquiri
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.
1 oz- D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac
1- Sugar Cube
3 Dashes- Angostura Bitters
Martini & Rossi Asti
Garnish: Orange Twist
Add D’USSÉ, sugar cube and bitters into a flute. Top off with chilled Martini & Rossi. Garnish with an Orange twist.
Partida Raspberry Collins
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
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
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.
Peyrassol Cuvée des Commanderie Rosé 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
Sterling Vintner’s Collection Chardonnay
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!