As the weather warms up, it’s time to ditch the Hot Toddy and spiked cider for something a little more light and refreshing. From a white wine sangria made with fresh, seasonal fruits, to an adult twist on lemonade you can sip on your back patio, here are four sweet and sassy cocktails to try at home!
White Spring Sangria
If you have a few bottles of white table wine sitting in your wine storage cabinet, consider whipping up a white sangria. Lighter in color but not in flavor, a white sangria swaps red wine for a dry white.
If you’re familiar with how to make traditional red sangria, you’ll find that many elements are the same, like the inclusion of brandy and fresh fruits. For your recipe, be sure to include some seasonal favorites like strawberries, kiwi and lemon. With the right mix, your spring sangria will not only taste delicious but look absolutely beautiful as well.
If you don’t have a white table wine in your wine storage cabinet, you can swap for sauvignon blanc. Sauvignon blanc is still a dry white and offers flavorful fruit essences that pair nicely with the citrus in this spring sangria.
Classic Mint Julep
The Kentucky Derby is arguably one of the biggest events in spring, and no Kentucky Derby is complete without its famous mint julep. This classic bourbon-based cocktail has been promoted at Churchill Downs since the 1930s!
A mint julep is minty and refreshing, which is why it’s a warm weather favorite throughout the south. You don’t have to wait for derby day to enjoy this delicious drink! Mint juleps pair nicely with southern favorites like shrimp and grits and beignets, or these mini biscuit sandwiches.
Raspberry Peach Champagne Cocktail
If you’re looking for a mimosa alternative, look no further than this champagne cocktail that A Tipsy Giraffe created for Mother’s Day. It’s the perfect balance of tangy and sweet with a mix of raspberry syrup, peach vodka, and champagne. For the recipe from A Tipsy Giraffe, click here.
If it sounds complicated, it sort of is. Especially if you’re comparing it to pouring champagne and orange juice into a flute. The raspberry syrup is homemade and there’s definitely a few ingredients you wouldn’t typically store behind one of your bar cabinet doors. But if you’re up for a little effort, the wildly unexpected flavors in this champagne cocktail are definitely worth the extra prep work.
Is there anything more refreshing than a freshly squeezed, ice-cold glass of lemonade on a spring day? We think so! Put an adult twist on this tangy and thirst-quenching treat by spiking it with vodka from your bar cabinet.
With only four ingredients, this luscious spring cocktail is super easy to make. Just combine water, lemon zest, and sugar in a saucepan and cook for a few minutes over medium heat. At the end, add your lemon juice and stir to combine. Store your lemonade in the refrigerator. When you’re ready for a glass, serve and over ice with a splash of vodka and a lemon slice or wedge.
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