Spring has sprung; now let’s make cocktails


These refreshing spring-inspired cocktails will hopefully satiate your spring fever. (Carlos Ebert/Flickr Creative Commons)

It is officially spring. The weather is getting warmer, people are packing away their Bean Boots and the line for Nickel is getting longer. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to have some fun with friends, making these cocktails in the comfort of your own home is a great way to celebrate the season. These refreshing spring-inspired cocktails will hopefully satiate your spring fever.

Bee’s Knees

With trees budding and the return of flowers comes the return of bees. And what better way to celebrate that than with a honey-based cocktail? The honey syrup in this drink makes for the right touch of sweet to balance out the bitterness of the tequila. This light and airy drink is a real crowd pleaser.


2 oz tequila

3/4 oz honey syrup

3/4 oz lime juice


Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Spring Cleaning

This drink is a fun twist on the classic mojito and delivers major summery vibes. The pineapple adds just the right amount of sweetness. This cocktail will make you forget about your spring cleaning woes in no time.


4 oz pineapple juice

Large slices of ginger

Mint leaves

Juice of half a lime

1 lime sliced

crushed ice

2 oz spiced rum

2 oz club soda

Instructions: Bring the pineapple juice and ginger to a boil in a saucepan. Simmer for five minutes until the liquid has reduced by half. Discard the ginger. Place six mint leaves in each glass, followed by the lime slices and lime juice. Pour in the reduced pineapple ginger juice and mix with a spoon. Fill glass two-thirds of the way with crushed ice then add spiced rum. Top with clubbed soda and mix again. Garnish with mint and slice of pineapple.

April Showers

Yes, it’s true, April showers do bring May flowers, but it’s also equally true that vodka and lime juice make an excellent pairing. A twist on the standard martini, this drink is as much classy as it is a classic. Its refreshing flavors are guaranteed to give you spring fever.


2 oz vodka

½ oz dry vermouth

½ oz lime juice

Instructions: Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lime peel.

In Bloom

While berries may be more reminiscent of summer, the mixture of strawberry and orange in this drink is floral and sweet. It’s refreshing and fruity, and the champagne adds an extra note of carbonation that makes this drink even more impressive to serve to friends.


1 strawberry

1 slice of orange


1 ½ oz vodka

Splash of rosé champagne


Combine one large strawberry, slice of orange and mint. Add a touch of simple syrup and dash of orange bitters. Shake with ice and 1.5 oz Lucky Dog Vodka. Strain into rocks glass, add fresh ice on top and finish with rosé champagne. Garnish with sprig of mint.

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