The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the flowers are blooming. It can only mean one thing: springtime is here! And with it comes the perfect excuse to have a social hour. Whether you have something to celebrate or just want to blow off some steam with your colleagues, these five springtime cocktails will hit the spot. So sit back, relax, and enjoy reading about some of our springtime favourites!
1) Mint Julep
Ingredients: 2 oz. bourbon, 8 fresh mint leaves, 1/4 cup simple syrup, crushed ice
A Mint Julep is a classic, simple cocktail that is perfect for sipping on a spring day. The refreshing mint flavour is perfectly paired with the smooth bourbon, and the crushed ice makes it refreshing and cooling.
To make a mint julep, start by muddling fresh mint leaves with simple syrup in the bottom of a glass. Now add some bourbon, and fill the glass with crushed ice. Stir well and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
2) Pimm’s Cup
Ingredients: 1 3/4 oz. Pimm’s No.01, 5 oz. lemonade, cucumber, mint leaves
A Pimm’s cup is a refreshing, fruit-forward cocktail that is perfect for springtime. The Pimm’s No.01 provides a complex flavour that is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the lemonade. Cucumber and mint add a refreshing twist, making this cocktail perfect for sipping on a warm day.
Get your Pimm’s Cup started by adding the Pimm’s No.01 to a glass filled with ice. Then, simply add your lemonade and stir well. Garnish with cucumber and mint leaves.
3) Tom Collins
Ingredients: 2 oz. gin, 3/4 oz. lemon juice, 1/2 oz. simple syrup, 2 oz. soda water, maraschino cherry
One of the most classic springtime cocktails is a fizzy and refreshing Tom Collins! The tart lemon flavour is balanced by the sweet sugar syrup, and the soda water gives it a nice effervescence.
To mix up a Tom Collins, start by adding the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a shaker filled with ice. After giving it a good shake, strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with soda water and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
4) Bee’s Knees
Ingredients: 2 oz. gin, 1/2 oz. honey syrup, 3/4 oz. lemon juice
Enjoy watching those first few bees buzzing by with a Bee’s Knees. The gin provides a nice, juniper-forward flavour that is balanced by the sweetness of the honey and the tartness of the lemon juice.
The first step in preparing a Bee’s Knees involves shaking together the gin, honey syrup, and lemon juice with ice. Then, finish it off by straining it into a glass and garnishing with a lemon twist.
5) French 75
Ingredients: 1 oz. gin, 3 oz. Champagne, 1/2 oz. lemon juice, 1/2 oz. simple syrup
If you’re looking to add a little bubbly to your springtime celebration, then consider bringing out some French 75s. The bubbly Champagne and tart lemon juice are just a perfect match, and the sugar syrup adds just enough sweetness to round out the drink.
For a French 75, start by adding your gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a champagne flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.
Happy Social Hour!
We hope you enjoyed reading about some of our favourite springtime cocktails for your social hour! Whether you’re looking for something refreshing, fruit-forward, or just a little bit different, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect drink on this list. Cheers!
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