Spring Cocktails!

March 10, 2011

KITCHEN

Spring Cocktails

I’ll admit it. The minute the calendar reads “March” and the temperature starts with a “7” my head is filled with thoughts of sandals, bright nail color and the need to throw an indoor / outdoor fete. The food is always fun to consider, but I like to start with the cocktails.

Here are a few I’m planning on trying out on my friends and family:

Mango Martini
Courtesy of The Knot

2 parts Grey Goose vodka
1/2 part mango puree
1/2 part pineapple juice
Splash of sour mix

Mix ingredients in shaker. Shake well over ice and strain into a martini glass.

Vodka Thyme Lemonade

VODKA-THYME LEMONADE
Via Martha Stewart LivingServes 8

2 cups sugar
12 sprigs fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 24 lemons
2 cups vodka (I love Tito’s Handmade Vodka)

Directions
1. In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups water with the sugar and thyme; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature.
2. Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a large glass measuring cup; discard thyme. You should have 2 cups syrup. Cover with plastic; chill.
3. In a large serving pitcher, stir together lemon juice, vodka, and chilled syrup; garnish with thyme. Divide evenly among eight tumblers filled with ice; serve immediately.

Do you have a favorite warm-weather cocktail? Or, better yet, a SIGNATURE one?

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3 Responses to “Spring Cocktails!”

  1. stephanie Says:

    At my birthday brunch this weekend (which will sadly be all indoors), I’ll be serving strawberry bellinis. Yum!

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  2. Knighton Says:

    For spring (and summer) cocktails, I’m kinda of a G&T purist, but my current favorite concoction is:

    1.5 oz Hendrick’s gin
    splash of dry Vermouth
    2 oz tonic (not the diet stuff. blech!)
    squeeze of mandarin orange
    lime twist
    serve over ice

    No idea what to call it, but it makes me happy!

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  3. Laurie Says:

    We like this one:

    http://www.suburbanbliss.net/suburbanbliss/2010/05/spring-cocktails-mommy-is-uncle-jack-visiting.html

    but we called it “Fun in a cup” and used Maker’s and forgot most of the ingredients including the lemon and sugar. It was still good! (ha!)

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