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10 Cocktails to Add Some Spring in Your Step
The warmer weather is here, which means plenty of lazy afternoons soaking up the sun. What’s keeping you cool? READ: 10 Refreshing Gin Cocktails for Spring You could easily whip up a pitcher of lemonade, or some variation on this beloved classic. But if you’re looking for something that packs more of a punch, we’ve got you covered. Springtime means plenty of reasons to gather on the patio or porch — or wherever it is you enjoy the fresh breezes and golden rays — and with that comes plenty of reasons to make thirst-quenching cocktails that are certain to wow guests' tastebuds. READ: 10 Spirited Summer Cocktails to Make Now We've gathered 10 luscious libations from mixologists across the country that would be perfect for just those occasions, as well as dinner parties, swanky soirees or quiet spring evenings at home. Check out our video above for the first great thirst-quenching recipe, then see below for nine more of the hottest spring cocktails to enjoy this season:
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Run Away

Ingredients • 2 oz. tequila • ¾ oz. mango puree • ½ oz. lime juice • ½ oz. agave syrup • 1 orange wheel Preparation Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake. Serve on the rocks. Garnish with an orange wheel.
(Jessy Peters and Ashley Poe of The Black Rose in New York City)

Snap Peas

Ingredients • Sugar snap peas • 1 oz. Manzanilla Sherry • 1 oz. Beefeater Gin • 1 oz. simple syrup • ¾ oz. lemon juice • 2 dashes absinthe • Tonic water • 1 sugar snap pea for garnish Preparation First, muddle snap peas. Add first six ingredients in cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with tonic water and garnish with a snap pea.
(Kevin Diedrich, Bar Manager of BDK Restaurant & Kitchen in San Francisco)

Heaven on Her Lips

Ingredients • 1 strawberry • ¾ oz. simple syrup • 2 oz. gin • ¾ oz. lime juice • 5 basil leaves Preparation In a shaker, first muddle strawberry in simple syrup. Then, add remaining ingredients and ice and shake for 7–8 seconds. Double strain (using a fine strainer) into a cocktail glass. Garnish with another fresh basil leaf on the lip of the glass, if desired, and serve.
(Ryan McGrale, Beverage Director of Tavern Road in Boston, Massachusetts)

The Lovable Trickster

Ingredients • 5 muddled blackberries • 5 lemon verbena or 3 basil leaves • 1½ oz. 209 Gin • ¾ oz. simple syrup • ½ oz. lime juice • Club soda Preparation Muddle the blackberries and either lemon verbena or basil leaves. Combine the gin, simple syrup and lime juice into the glass with the muddled ingredients. Shake and double strain into a tiki glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a few blackberries and a basil or verbena leaf, if desired.
(Brian Means, Bar Manager of Dirty Habit in San Francisco, California)

Maple Berry Smash

Ingredients • 3–6 blueberries and blackberries • 4–6 mint leaves • ¾ oz. lemon juice • ¾ oz. diluted maple syrup • 2 oz. Old Bardstown Bourbon • ¼ oz. Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur Preparation Muddle berries, mint, lemon juice and syrup together in a cocktail shaker. Add bourbon and liquer. Shake everything with ice and double strain over one large cube into a rocks glass. Garnish with berries and mint leaves, if desired.
(Aaron Ranf, Bar Manager of Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica, California)

Dutch Mule

Ingredients • 1½ oz. Nolet’s Gin • 4½ oz. ginger beer • Red grapefruit slices • Mint sprigs Preparation Fill wine glass ¾ full with ice. Add gin and ginger beer. Place grapefruit slice in glass and top with mint sprig.
(Del Frisco's Grille in New York City)

White Mint Julep

Ingredients • ½ oz. simple syrup • 5 mint leaves • 2½ oz. Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey • 1 tsp. powdered sugar Preparation Muddle together mint and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add white whiskey and ice. Shake generously. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Add a splash a water and garnish with a mint leaf and powdered sugar.
(Soco in Orlando, Florida)

Dope Clement the First

Ingredients • ½ of a clementine, muddled • 1 oz. vodka • ½ oz. Crème de Pamplemousse Liqueur (red grapefruit liqueur) • ½ oz. grapefruit juice • ½ oz. lemon juice • ½ oz. honey syrup • Splash of prosecco (about 1 oz.) Preparation Add all ingredients, except prosecco, in a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into a glass. Top with prosecco. Garnish with a clementine zest.
(The Cocktail Club in Charleston, South Carolina)

Strawberry Cobbler

Ingredients • 2 whole strawberries • 3 oz. Lustau Amontillado (sherry) • ½ oz. lemon juice • ¾ oz. dark sugar syrup (can also use simple syrup if not available) • Strawberry slices • Powdered sugar Preparation First, make dark sugar syrup by combining equal parts turbinado sugar, dark brown sugar and water into a medium saucepan. Stir over high heat until sugar is fully dissolved. Strain into a plastic container with a lid, and refrigerate until ready to use. To make cocktail, place two whole strawberries in mixing tin and muddle for 5 seconds. Fill mixing tin with sherry, lemon juice, dark sugar syrup and ice. Shake for 10–15 seconds. Strain mixture into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with strawberry slices and powdered sugar.
(Mixologist Matt Tanner of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Dallas, Texas)

10 Cocktails to Add Some Spring in Your Step

The warmer weather is here, which means plenty of lazy afternoons soaking up the sun. What’s keeping you cool? READ: 10 Refreshing Gin Cocktails for Spring You could easily whip up a pitcher of lemonade, or some variation on this beloved classic. But if you’re looking for something that packs more of a punch, we’ve got you covered. Springtime means plenty of reasons to gather on the patio or porch — or wherever it is you enjoy the fresh breezes and golden rays — and with that comes plenty of reasons to make thirst-quenching cocktails that are certain to wow guests' tastebuds. READ: 10 Spirited Summer Cocktails to Make Now We've gathered 10 luscious libations from mixologists across the country that would be perfect for just those occasions, as well as dinner parties, swanky soirees or quiet spring evenings at home. Check out our video above for the first great thirst-quenching recipe, then see below for nine more of the hottest spring cocktails to enjoy this season:

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