Spring Cocktail Trends: Bounce like a Butterfly or Sting like a Bee
This is the time we've waited for all winter long. Finally, we have longer days and warm weather. All this change is a great excuse to get out there and celebrate with friends, family, colleagues or clients. From Daiquiris to Mint Juleps, this post will guide you through some staples of spring cocktail trends and their historical backgrounds. Plus, these go-to drinks are a great base for your bartender to customize, so you can order a round that will have everyone buzzing at your next outing!
(image from liquor.com)
This classic cocktail has a perfectly designed base and its customization possibilities are endless. The Daiquiri is really a family of cocktails whose main ingredients are rum, citrus juice (typically lime juice), and sugar or other sweetener. With such a great base you can add other fruits, or even sweet vegetables. Here is a crisp and clean variation guaranteed to get a "Wow". The Hemingway daiquiri – or papa doble – two and a half jiggers of white rum, juice of two limes and half a grapefruit, six drops of maraschino liqueur, hold the sugar.
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This classic is designed in the same clean, crisp and refreshing flavor profile and will forever be an essential warm weather cocktail. Its five simple ingredients seemlessly work together making it easy to forget this drink even has alcohol in it, so watch out! In addition to white rum, mint, lime juice, sugar and soda water, you can add pretty much any flavor you want to it. I recommend adding sour berries or a mango for a colorful kick.
(for the spicy recipe pictured here visit fedandfit.com)
The beauty of this classic is its simple ingredients: cointreau (or triple sec), tequila, and lime Juice. This little beauty works well with tons of different flavors. From jalapeño's to green leaf vegetables, you can choose just how spicy, daring, smooth, or simple you want it. Don't be afraid to let your bartender or mixologist add their own fun twist--you never know what can happen.
(For a recipe as pictured here, visit liquor.com)
An oldy but goldy as they say, the mint julep is the perfect cocktail for warm spring nights. A total of four ingredients combine for your smooth sipping pleasure: mint, bourbon, simple syrup (liquid sugar), and crushed ice. This cocktail is real crowd pleaser, and don't take our word for it, here is a peek at its history: Mint Julep.
The four I mentioned are pretty easy to find wherever your outing takes you. Cocktail culture has been thrust into the lime light in the last 10 years so these are just the tip of the iceberg for Spring inspired cocktails. More often then not, great venues deliver their own magical spin on these tried and true classics.
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