Gone are the days of refusing to leave the house in anything less than heavy-duty-ski wear and walking home in the dark at 5 p.m. The sun is out, the air is fresh and spring-time is officially unfolding! As we slowly start to defrost, it’s time to sit outside with a cold drink in hand and embrace the new season. Here are 10 easy, breezy and boozy cocktail ideas to help you sip your way through spring! Read for the best spring drink recipes!
1. The Classic Pimm’s Cup
All all-time spring/summer favourite for its crisp, citrusy tang and easy recipe – you can never go wrong with a Pimm’s Cup! Seriously, one of the best best spring drink recipes! The spirit blends perfectly with an array of mixers such as lemonade, lemon-lime bitters or ginger ale, and is suited to every occasion under the sun. Bought your Pimm’s in bulk? Spend some time experimenting with different variations of the recipe below, who knows what you could create!
You will need: (serves 4)
500mL Pimm’s No. 1
150mL Lemonade (chilled)
150mL Ginger Ale (chilled)
3-4 cups of ice cubes
1 lemon (thinly sliced)
1/2 cucumber (thinly sliced)
(Optional: orange/ apple slices, strawberries, mint leaves)
Fill a 1-litre jug with half of the ice. Add lemon slices and any other desired fruit. Pour in Pimm’s, followed by the lemonade and ginger ale. Stir gently to combine. Divide remaining ice amongst glasses and fill with cocktail. Garnish with cucumber and enjoy!
2. Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco
A refreshing, bubbly and zesty cocktail – perfect for sharing with friends, or sipping on throughout the day. This cocktail is ridiculously easy to make and a sure way to pick up the mood on any given occasion.
You will need: (Serves 4-6)
3 cups of Prosecco (chilled)
1 cup Limoncello liquer (chilled)
1 cup frozen raspberries/strawberries
ice cubes (if desired)
a handful (or two!) of fresh mint
If desired, lay ice cubes at the bottom of a large jug before gently adding and mixing the prosecco and limoncello together. Serve with raspberries and fresh mint before enjoying! This is one of the easiest spring drink recipes to make when hanging with friends. It’s the perfect cocktail!
3. Green Tea Mojito
Want a cocktail but don’t want to miss out on your daily dose of antioxidants? Look no further! Icy cold and made with simple ingredients that you probably have sitting around your kitchen, the green tea mojito puts a refreshing spin on an all time classic cocktail.
You will need: (serves 4)
4tbsp fresh lime juice
8 large spearmint leaves (more if you want it for garnish!)
8 mint leaves
2 tsp raw sugar
2 cups of brewed green tea (chilled)
120mL white rum
ice cubes (to taste)
Muddle the lime juice, mint, spearmint and sugar together in a large glass (keep going until the leaves are a little bruised so that the flavours are released!). Add ice to the base of a large jug, and pour in the muddled mixture. Add rum and green tea to jug and stir well. Garnish with extra mint and lime to taste before serving!
4. Strawberry Basil Margarita
Guaranteed to please even the toughest of crowds, the sweet and slightly herbal twist on the standard Margarita is bound to become an all-time favourite! This recipe simplifies the often-complex art of mixing Margaritas, so if you’ve been doing it another way, by all means continue doing so, and remember, when it comes to Margaritas, everyone is different – so don’t be afraid to play around during the process!
You will need: (serves 8)
300mL of Limeade concentrate
10-15 strawberries (to taste)
8-12 basil leaves
300-400mL of your favourite tequila!
Mix the limeade concentrate with your tequila and 300/400mL of water in a large jug (experiment a little with the amounts, depending on how strong you’d like your drinks to be). Hull the strawberries, slice them lengthwise and add them to the jug. Crumple the basil leaves gently in your hands, and add them to the jug too. Keep the jug (covered), in the fridge for at least 4 hours (but overnight works best!). When you remove the jug from the fridge, the margaritas should be a pretty pale pink colour! Serve with extra basil and strawberries to taste!
5. Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita
You will need: (serves 4-6)
10 cups of cubed, seedless watermelon with rind removed
4 tsp of raw sugar
180-250mL of your favourite tequila
10 basil leaves
120mL of Limeade concentrate (if desired)
2 thinly sliced jalapeños
50-80mL Triple sec (if desired)
6. Bee’s Knees
One of the spring drink recipes that’s been around since the Prohibition, and continued to evolve with the production of newer Gins; the Bee’s Knees is a simple drink with a bite! Equally as refreshing as it is jam-packed with flavour, it’s a cocktail that really is … the Bee’s Knees.
You will need: (serves 4)
250mL of gin
125mL freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
125mL Raw Honey Simple Syrup
Lemon peel (if desired, for garnish)
Make the Honey Simple Syrup first by heating 125mL of raw honey and 1/2 cup of water until dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Shake the gin, simple syrup and lemon/lime juice over ice. Strain into cocktail glasses and garnish with lemon peel before enjoying!
7. Aperol Gin Punch
Looking for a quick, painless and easy punch recipe that’ll last all night long? Then look no further! It wouldn’t be spring without Aperol, and this citrusy punch will really amp up any gathering!
You will need: (makes about 5L)
1.25L of gin
750mL of Aperol
250mL Yellow Chartreuse
300mL freshly squeezed lime juice
525mL of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
190mL of freshly squeezed orange juice
750mL bottle of sparkling wine, chilled
2 oranges, sliced thinly
Mix the gin, Aperol, Chartreuse and lime/grapefruit/orange juices into a large punch bowl. Stir. Add several cups of ice, and leave to chill for 15 minutes (the ice will dilute the punch slightly). Top with the sparkling wine and stir gently, garnish with orange slices to taste and serve over additional ice.
8. Moscato Lemonade
Another one of the super simple spring drink recipes, perfect for a day out in the backyard or over brunch! Pro Tip: Make some moscato ice cubes to prevent the mixture from watering down over the day.
You will need: (makes about 3L)
LOTS of ice
750mL Moscato (amount may depend on strength purchased)
250mL Strawberry Vodka (optional)
2L of Pink Lemonade
Sliced lemons and strawberries
Put ice into the pitcher and add lemon and strawberry slices. Fill with moscato, lemonade and strawberry vodka – adjust mixture to taste. Enjoy!
9. Peach Rosé Sangria
This is one of my favorite Spring drink recipes! Rosé, the deliciously enjoyable “it” drink of the year, and one I wasn’t about to miss on this list! Taking a turn away from the popular Frosé trend, this sangria is the perfect way to cool off on a warm afternoon and indulge your sweet tooth!
What you will need: (makes roughly 2L)
750mL bottle of Rosé
125mL peach liqueur
250mL white peach juice
85mL simple syrup
3 sliced peaches (white)
1 cup sliced strawberries and/or raspberries
Mix rosé, liqueur, fruit juice and simple syrup to a large jug. Adjust to suit taste before adding fruit and refrigerating for several hours. Serve chilled, over ice!
Simple Syrup can be prepared by bringing 1/2 cup of water to boil and adding 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. Stir the mixture until sugar has dissolved and chill before use.
10. Blood Orange and Elderflower Gin Cocktail
Blood Orange is often thought of as a somewhat delicacy, not commonly used or consumed on a day-to-day basis. However, mixed in with the subtle intricacies of both gin and elderflower – the trio create a flavour so powerful and delicious, that it tastes as good as it looks!
You will need: (serves 4)
90mL St. Germain (or another elderflower liqueur)
60mL lime juice
350mL ginger ale
120mL blood orange juice
In a jug, combine gin, St. Germain, lime juice and ginger ale. Top jug with ice and stir gently. Slowly add blood orange juice and garnish with blood orange slices if desired. Enjoy one of these amazing spring drink recipes!
Spring is a time of new beginnings, so why not try some of these 10 spring drink recipes and let us know what you think? Or, better yet – if you think we’ve missed out on something that will forever change how we view Spring Cocktails, then be sure to leave us a comment! What-ever you choose to do though, stay hydrated and drink responsibly, we’ve got hot days ahead of us!
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