Refreshing cocktails for this spring consist of a mixture of sweet and citrus flavors to counteract the winter chill. If you like sweet and citrusy non-alcoholic beverages like orange juice or lemonade, then you will love these well-mixed and refreshing cocktails while you relax after a long day of hard work. Here is a list of sweet and refreshing cocktails to savor this spring.
Grapefruit Thyme Fizz
The Grapefruit Thyme Fizz is one of the many refreshing cocktails that comes from a list of vodka-based beverages from a Long Island Iced Tea to a variation of the Wedding Cake Cocktail. Vodka comes in many varieties and quality. When mixing these types of drinks, you need to use top-shelf vodka. Absolute Elyx, Grey Goose VX, and Svedka 100 Proof are just a few of these types of vodka to use.
The Grapefruit Thyme Fizz also has other components that are combined in this recipe like grapefruit juice, sparkling water, ice, and grapefruit and thyme sprigs to garnish the drink. If you have never tried sparkling water, it is basically carbonated water, this will add bubbles to multiple alcoholic concoctions. The Grapefruit Thyme Fizz is one of the multiple citrusy cocktails that have made the list for this spring.
Long Island Iced Tea
The Long Island Iced Tea is a cocktail with multiple alcohol-based ingredients, which contain an ounce of vodka, gin, white rum, and white tequila with half an ounce of Triple Sec in the mixture. This cocktail also has other key components that are combined in this recipe like lemon juice, ice, Coca-Cola, and lemon wedges to garnish the drink. The Long Island Iced Tea is one of the non-citrusy cocktails for you to enjoy this spring!
The Screwdriver is a somewhat popular highball alcoholic drink, which is made with orange juice and vodka. This cocktail may be a basic alcoholic concoction with two ingredients, but to 21-year-old college students, this drink is the cheapest way to indulge themselves. Although this beverage has two ingredients, there are multiple variations of this cocktail.
If you want your Screwdriver to have an interesting twist, you can add Sprite, 7-Up, or the equivalent. However, if you do not want to add any more sugar to the concoction, then you can add club soda with each of these options you can get a spritzer effect. When you pour the drink over the ice (or the rocks) it will delude itself over time. If you want to get all of the tangy goodness, you should drink this cocktail with a straw.
The Tequila Honeysuckle is one of the multiple refreshing cocktails from a list of tequila-based alcoholic drinks from a Long Island Iced Tea to a Tequila Sunrise. Tequila comes in many varieties and qualities. When mixing these types of drinks, you need to use top-shelf tequila. Casamigos, Milagro Barrel Reserve Silver, Tequila Fortaleza Blanco Still Strength, and Tequila Codigo 1530 Rosa are just a few of these types of tequila to use.
The Tequila Honeysuckle also has other ingredients that are combined in this recipe like lime juice, honey syrup, ice and a slice of lime to garnish the beverage. The Tequila Honeysuckle is a good and refreshing beverage to have for this spring.
The Tequila Sunrise is a citrusy cocktail like most of the spring cocktails beside the Long Island Iced Tea. This beverage’s ingredients include tequila, orange juice, grenadine syrup, an orange slice and a maraschino cherry to garnish the cocktail. Like a Screwdriver, it is served in a highball glass filled with ice and it also shares one key ingredient with the Screwdriver: orange juice. The Tequila Sunrise is not only a citrusy cocktail, it is also a gluten-free alcoholic drink for people who do not like gluten or are allergic to it.
A Tom Collins is one of the drinks on this list that uses gin. Gin comes in many varieties and qualities. When mixing this drink, you need to use a top-shelf gin. Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, and Beefeater are just a few of these types of gin to use. This cocktail’s ingredients consist of gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda, and a maraschino cherry and a lemon slice to garnish the beverage. Like a Screwdriver, this drink has two variations to replace the lack of sweetness and dryness of the club soda in this beverage.
If you want your Tom Collins to be sweeter, then you should replace the club soda with 7-Up or Sprite. If you don’t want that much sugar, then you can use Diet 7-Up or Sprite Zero. A Tom Collins would be a good option for a person with diabetes since the gin and the club soda have a limited amount of carbohydrates compared to other drinks.
Wedding Cake Cocktail
The Wedding Cake Cocktail does not have to be served just for wedding events, this cocktail can be served for different occasions like work-related parties, birthday parties, and other formal and casual settings. This drink’s recipe is essentially that of a tropical gin smoothie with its flavorful accenting liquor and citrusy counterparts: orange juice and pineapple juice. There are also other ingredients to this cocktail like amaretto, gin, cream, and ice to blend in the cocktail. The Wedding Cake Cocktail does not always have to consist of this recipe, there are other ways to make this beverage by using different components.
The Wedding Cake Cocktail is easy to make with different ingredients without reducing your paycheck to smithereens. This beverage’s ingredients include whipped cream vodka, a can of Country Time Lemonade and ice. When you taste this cocktail, no matter what ingredients are used, it will taste like you are eating a wedding cake.
Do you imagine yourself lounging in your hammock with one of these sweet, refreshing cocktails this spring? If you like these spring cocktails that incorporate their citrusy and non-citrusy flavors, then add these simple drinks to your repertoire and let us know in the comments below.
My name is Kaitlin Felder. I graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional/Technical Writing in May 2019.