Spring is in the air. It’s in the trees. It’s in the very blades of grass. And it’s time to celebrate spring with some yummy cocktail recipes!
You know it’s spring when the hummingbirds are about. And what better way to celebrate the joys of spring than to whip out the birds’ alcoholic namesake, Hummingbird, a buzzy liqueur from Jamaica? It’s coffee liqueur, rum cream liqueur, milk, banana, and strawberry syrup all blended into a winter-dissolving smoothie.
1 fluid ounce rum cream liqueur
1 fluid ounce coffee flavored liqueur
1 fluid ounce milk
1/2 fluid ounce strawberry flavored syrup
1 cup crushed ice
Frozen Summer Slush
Yes, it’s served frozen. Yes, it’s slushy, and yes, its name says summer. But don’t let any of those fool you for one moment. This gin (or vodka) and sweetened tea-orange juice-lemonade jamboree smells and tastes of spring!
2 cups white sugar
7 cups water
4 tea bags
2 cups boiling water
1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
A citrusy drink to welcome the changing season. It’s a vodka drink with a tang of spring!
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger citron vodka
1/2 fluid ounce Blue Curacao
2 fluid ounces sour mix
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
1 lemon-cut into wedges, for garnish
Mexicali Beer Margarita
What do you get when you mix Mexican beer and tequila? Well, spring with a vengeance of course! Easy to mix, easy to drink, and completely delicioso!
1 (12 fluid ounce) can limeade concentrate
1 1/2 cups gold tequila
3 (12 fluid ounce) cans Mexican beer
1 whole lime, cut into 6 wedges
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake in a Glass
When the poet E. E. Cummings wrote “Sweet spring is your time is my time is our time for springtime” he may have had a facsimile of this sweet cocktail in mind. Flavored vodka plus pineapple juice and a slice of pineapple to garnish the concoction. Yummy.
1 oz vanilla vodka
1 oz pineapple juice
1 drop grenadine syrup
Mojito by the Pitcher
Spring is sprays and sprigs of green. This mojito is that, too, with its enthusiastic inclusion of mint leaves, lime slices, and sugar. It’s so good it has to be served in a pitcher for five!
1/2 cup white sugar
36 leaves fresh mint, or to taste
3 limes, quartered
1 cup rum (such as Bacardi)
1 liter club soda
Tanning Bed Drink
When you have coconut rum, pineapple juice, and cherry in a tall drink you know that it’s spring, never mind the name of the beverage.
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger coconut flavored rum
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger pineapple juice
1 maraschino cherry
Spring is all about bidding winter goodbye. So, here’s a cocktail with a whiff of winter and lots of signs of spring. Four liqueurs—tequila, vodka, rum, gin—for the four seasons, and spring tidings with triple sec and sour mix over ice.
1/2 fluid ounce vodka
1/2 fluid ounce rum
1/2 fluid ounce gin
1/2 fluid ounce tequila
1/2 fluid ounce triple sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
1 fluid ounce sweet and sour mix
1 fluid ounce cola, or to taste
1 lemon slice
Another tequila-lemonade-and-lime drink to enjoy spring by. Remember to wet the glass rim with lime juice before dipping in salt.
1 wedge lime
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger tequila
5 fluid ounces lemonade
Depending on your perspective, it’s always spring in breezy Hawaii. And to prove that, here’s a cocktail to celebrate blue skies and green isles. Blend blue Curacao, rum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut. Garnish with a pineapple slice and cherry.
1 fluid ounce light rum
1 fluid ounce blue Curacao liqueur
2 fluid ounces pineapple juice
1 fluid ounce cream of coconut
1 cup crushed ice
1 pineapple slice
1 maraschino cherry
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Source: TABC Blog by Learn 2 Serve