Spring Cocktail Recipes – Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria

Spring cocktails W 4

Super-Lazy Ways to Welcome in Spring – Part 4
Alfresco Soirees + Cocktails

Australia is spoilt for alfresco dining opportunities. Adventurous gourmands entertain outdoors all year round (okay, sometimes you need some of those outdoor heater thingamees). But no matter whether you’re in moody Melbourne or scorching Alice, spring practically demands you celebrate life in the open air.

In spring, weekend mornings are for lazing in bucket chairs, browsing the paper with a Mad Men cocktail in hand. Afternoons are for spiced-up Bloody Marys. And evenings, for conversation with friends, sipping peachy-sweet cocktails and margaritas steeped in cherry blossom…

Decadent. 😉

Be inspired by all the gorgeous aromatic fruit swinging onto the scene as the last vestiges of winter fade out. Image source from left: Rose Grapefruit Cocktail and Cucumber-Ginger Fizzes courtesy of marthastewartdotcom and Cherry Blossom Cocktails via cosmopolitandotcom.

Here at Zanui, we’ve put our heads together to ensure you keep hydrated in the warmer months… 😉 With a little research, we’ve uncovered some inspired cocktails to refresh your palate.

Wednesday is hump day – and so company is a must. (Drinking alone is never advisable.) Plus, sangria is the perfect antidote to mid-week tension.

We consulted with iconic homemaker Martha Stewart for this taste-bud-tantalising palliative.

So much spring colour all in one divine beverage! That Martha Stewart knows a thing or two about domestic happiness. Display all that gorgeous fruit in a finely crafted glass jug or pitcher. Image source from left: via pbsdotorg, marthastewartdotcom and scottishforestgardendotwordpressdotcom.

Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria

Ingredients

¼ cup sugar
½ cup water
2 rhubarb stalks, cut into 1.25cm pieces
½ cup fresh orange juice (from 1 orange)
1 orange, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices
570g strawberries, hulled and quartered
4 cups chilled soda water
750 ml chilled sparkling wine, such as Champagne or Prosecco
Ice

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to boil, add rhubarb. Transfer mixture to a medium heatproof bowl and cool to room temperature (approx. 30 mins).

Meanwhile in a pitcher or large bowl, combine OJ, orange, and strawberries. To serve, add cooled rhubarb mixture, soda water, sparkling wine, and ice. Use whiskey stones to keep it cool and flavourful!

For the more Mad Men amongst you, a Scottish Whiskey Sour to the left and a Le Bleu Glacier cocktail courtesy of townandcountrymagdotcom. Pretty delightfully alluring!!!

Looking for some finger-food options?

Why not explore our entertaining tapas-style blog post for inspiration! Create the perfect spring evening with a Spanish theme. Your amigos will thank you. 😉

Wooden cheese boards and platters add decadent rustic accents to your tapas-style entertaining. Try the Marie Claire Vintage Decal Cheese Board or the Royal Doulton 1815 Wood Serving Board, available online at Zanui. Image source: via hillarydijon.com

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.