5 Refreshing Cocktails for Spring

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Spring has sprung which means soon we’ll be heading outdoors and sippin’ some drinks with friends. And while we will always appreciate a nice, chilled glass of bubbly, why not step it up a notch with a few crowd-pleasing spring cocktails?

Of course, it’s always important to drink responsibly, and there are always non-alcoholic alternatives, but a few drinks to celebrate special events or when relaxing with close friends can be fun.

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Minty Citrus Sangria

We all know that mint tastes cold, which makes it the perfect addition to a refreshing drink on a warm day. Plus, sangria is delicious and easy and perfect for those lazy spring days.

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What you need:

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp sugar or to your taste
  • 1 bottle of white wine

The type of white wine you choose is totally up to you but a citrus-style wine like a pinot grigio is a good option if you don’t have your own preferences.

How to do it:

  1. Grab your two tbsp (or more/less depending on your preferences) and put in a bowl with an equal amount of boiling water. Stir until the sugar completely dissolves. (Alternately if you have your own, store-bought sugar syrup feel free to use that and skip this step.)
  2. Thinly slice your lemon and lime.
  3. Add one tablespoon of your sugar syrup to each wine glass, along with a few slices of your citrus fruits and a few mint leaves.
  4. Top off your glasses with your white wine and stir it all together a bit.

Moscow in Spring

This drink is a springtime take on the classic cocktail, the Moscow mule. The big difference here is the delicious inclusion of strawberries. The fact that this drink has its roots in an already-popular drink means it’s bound to be a hit with your guests.

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What you need:

  • 6 strawberries + garnish, if you like
  • 1 lime + garnish, if you like
  • Vodka
  • Ginger beer

What to do:

  1. Cut or dice your strawberries (leave one or two aside for garnishing if you like).
  2. Put your cut strawberries into a pitcher and squeeze in the juice of your lime along with some ice cubes.
  3. Pour in around half a cup of vodka and then top up with around one-and-a-half cups of ginger beer.
  4. Garnish your glasses with excess strawberries and/or lime slices if you like and enjoy.

Tequila & Tonic

Gin & tonics are great. You’ll never catch me disparaging the timeless G&T. However, why not mix it up a little bit? Tequila gets kind of a bad reputation sometimes as a total party drink, but this casual drink might just change your mind.

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What you need:

  • 1 lime + extra for garnishing
  • Salt
  • Tequila
  • Tonic water

What to do:

  1. Spread your salt onto a plate and juice your limes.
  2. Dip the rims of your glasses into the lime juice, then place the now-wet rims onto your salt plate and give them a little shimmy to coat them in salt.
  3. Fill the glasses with ice, add roughly a shot of tequila to each glass, then fill up with tonic water.
  4. Squeeze some extra lime wedges into your drinks and garnish with said wedges or slices if you like.

Harvest Delight

This cocktail boasts fresh flavours of raspberry, blueberry, and rosemary. We don’t often think of rosemary in our springtime cocktails, but it’s a surprisingly nice accent.

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You can enhance the flavour of this cocktail with the inclusion of a fruity sugar syrup that can be made at home, but it’s not an essential part of the cocktail. To keep the sweetness feel free to substitute the homemade syrup for a simple sugar syrup.

What you need:

For the syrup:

  • 1 cup of fresh raspberries
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of sugar

For the cocktail

  • Gin
  • Soda water
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries
  • Homemade syrup, if desired
  • Blueberries, raspberries, and rosemary sprigs for garnishing

How to do it:

For the syrup:

  1. Muddle your raspberries to release their juice.
  2. Put water and sugar into a saucepan and bring it to the boil, ensuring the sugar completely desolves.
  3. Reduce the heat and add your raspberries and rosemary. Let it sit for roughly five minutes then set aside to cool.

For the cocktail:

  1. Place your blueberries and your syrup into your glass and muddle them together.
  2. Add some ice and a shot of gin.
  3. Fill will soda water and garnish to your preferences.

Mango & Lychee Sangria

That’s right, another sangria. This one’s a little more fruity and and has flavours that will work well during spring and summer, perfect for those that don’t want to learn a whole new batch of recipes for the next season.

What you need:

  • 2 fresh mangoes
  • 1/3 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 3 limes + extra for garnishing
  • 2 fresh lychees or lychee liqueur (whichever is easier)
  • 2 tbps of triple sec, if desired
  • 1 bottle of rosé
  • Soda water

What to do:

  1. Chop up your mangoes and your lychees (if you’re using lychees). Sprinkle the fruit with sugar and let them sit for a little while.
  2. Juice your two of your limes and cut the third into slim slices.
  3. Put your fruit and your lime juice into a large pitcher then add in your other ingredients. Make sure to add your soda water last and use it to top off the cocktail.
  4. Garnish with extra lime slices if you like, or enjoy unadorned.

Paige Riddiford is a writer and editor from Sydney, NSW with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong. When not writing, Paige is often found reading, baking, playing video games, or binge-watching whatever's new on Netflix.