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Spring Cocktails to Make at Home

From Metaxa's 'Mediterranean Highball' to Bacardi's 'Hot Cross Yum'

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If you’re looking for a tipple (or two) to aid you through isolation, these floral and flavoursome spring cocktails – as delicious to look at as they are to drink – are sure to leave you with a spring in your step. 

Spring Cocktails to Make at Home

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  • Barentsz Gin

    Viola True Love

    Ingredients 

    • 50ml Barentsz Gin
    • 125ml Violet Blossom Tonic (Artisan Tonic)
    • Garnish: Lime & Violet Flower

    Method

    Mix together, garnish then drink up!

    Recipe courtesy of Barentsz Gin, barentszgin.com

  • Spring Cocktails

    Gin, Watercress & Pink Grapefruit Cocktail

    Ingredients (serves one)

    • 50ml gin
    • 20g watercress, roughly chopped
    • 50ml pink grapefruit juice
    • 250ml tonic water

    To serve (optional)

    • Watercress sprigs
    • Edible petals
    • Pomegranate seeds
    • Pink grapefruit slices

    Method

    To make decorative ice cubes for your cocktails, place a few watercress sprigs, petals or pomegranate seeds into the sections of an ice cube tray.  Fill with water and leave to freeze solid for at least one hour.

    Muddle together the gin and watercress by putting them both into a jug and mashing well with a fork.  Strain the gin through a fine meshed sieve to remove the chopped watercress while still leaving the flavour.  Add the grapefruit juice to the gin and mix.

    Take two gin and tonic glasses or large tumblers and fill with ice cubes.  Pour over the gin and grapefruit, then top up to the desired level with tonic water.  Garnish with a slice of pink grapefruit and serve immediately.

    Recipe courtesy of watercress.co.uk

  • Spring Cocktails

    Alohan

    Ingredients

    • Aloha 65
    • Ginger ale
    • Ice
    • Lemon and mint to garnish

    Method

    Pour 1 part Aloha 65 and 2 parts ginger ale into a jug or pitcher. Add loads of ice, lemon slices, mint sprigs and stir gently. Dive in.

    Recipe courtesy of Aloha 65

  • Cointreau The Original Margarita

    The Original Margarita

    “A margarita without Cointreau is not worth its salt” – Margaret “Margarita” Sames

    Ingredients 

    • 30ml Cointreau
    • 50ml blanco tequila
    • 20ml fresh lime juice

    Method

    Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into an old fashioned glass and garnish with a lime slice and salt rim.

    Recipe courtesy of Cointreau, cointreau.com

  • Bloody Mary

    Turner Hardy & Co’s The Best Bloody Mary

    Ingredients

    • 35ml Premium vodka
    • 125- 175ml ml Turner Hardy Pure tomato juice
    • A good serving of Worcestershire sauce
    • 3-6 drops of Tabasco (or Sriracha if you want to avoid the vinegar)
    • Squeeze of lemon juice
    • Squeeze of lime juice
    • A pinch of Cayenne pepper
    • A pinch of celery salt
    • A dash of Sherry

    Method

    Simply roll (don’t shake) in a cocktail shaker (or similar lidded container) with just two cubes of ice – too much ice waters the drink down when it melts. Garnish is very important… use the likes of beetroot, rosemary and even some cheddar. A slice of crispy bacon is an added bonus! Carrot, olives, a pickle and a red chilli also make a great garnish, whatever you have lying around! Top tip: The secret ingredient is always a dash of sherry!

    Recipe courtesy of Turner Hardy & Co

  • Spring Cocktails

    Hot Cross Yum

    Ingredients

    • 50ml BACARDÍ Spiced
    • 20ml Lemon juice
    • 10ml Lime juice
    • 25ml Hot cross bun syrup
    • 50ml cream
    • 50ml soda water

    Method 

    Shake ingredients well. Serve in a highball glass over cubed ice. Garnish with grated nutmeg on top.

    Recipe courtesy of BACARDÍ 

  • J&B Rare Tangerine Tipple

    J&B Rare Tangerine Tipple

    Ingredients

    • 50ml J&B Rare Whisky
    • 15ml cranberry juice
    • 15ml lemon juice
    • 15ml Italicus
    • 15ml tangerine syrup
    • 5ml Yellow Chartreuse
    • 1 egg white

    Method

    Add all the ingredients in to a cocktail shaker. Shake without any ice for a few seconds, then add ice cubes to the shaker and continue to shake well. Strain the cocktail into a coupe glass. Garnish the drink with berry dust.

    Recipe courtesy of The Dorchester and J&B Rare. Purchase the J&B Rare Whisky, £22.50, at masterofmalt.com

  • Spring Cocktails

    Bathtub Gin

    Ingredients

    • Gin & Tonic
    • 50ml Bathtub Gin
    • 150ml Premium Tonic Water
    • Orange slice garnish

    Method

    Fill a highball glass with ice. Add 50ml Bathtub Gin. Top with premium tonic water. Garnish with orange slice.

    Recipe courtesy of Bathtub Gin, available at masterofmalt.com

  • Spring Cocktails

    Italicus Spritz

    Ingredients

    • 2 part Italicus Rosolio Di Bergamotto
    • 2 part Prosecco (or Champagne)

    Method

    Build over ice cubes in a large wine glass, then garnish with three green olives.

    Recipe courtesy of Italicus Rosolio Di Bergamotto

  • Barentsz Gin

    Scarlet & Purple

    Ingredients

    • 50ml Barentsz Gin
    • 15ml Lillet Blanc
    • 15ml Lavender Syrup
    • 20ml Lime Juice
    • 50ml Lychee Juice
    • Garnish: Lavender bouquet + mini peg

    Method

    Shake and pour into a sour coupe.

    Recipe courtesy of Barentsz Gin, barentszgin.com

  • Spring Cocktails

    Honey I’m home (Twisted BEE’s KNEES)

    Ingredients

    • 50ml Caorunn Raspberry
    • 25ml lime juice
    • 1.5 teaspoons honey
    • Lime zest to garnish
    • Coupette or any cocktail glass

    Method

    Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and double strain into a cocktail glass.

    Recipe courtesy of Caorunn Gin 

  • Spring Cocktails

    El Dorado

    Ingredients

    • 50ml Caleño
    • 3-4 inca berries
    • 25ml raw honey syrup (2:1)
    • 10ml fresh lemon juice

    Method

    Muddle berries, then churn with crushed ice. Pour into a Collins glass and garnish with a uchuva berry.

    Recipe courtesy of Caleño.

  • Spring Cocktails

    Diablesse Clementine Sour

    Ingredients

    • 30ml Diablesse Clementine Spiced Caribbean Rum
    • 20ml Peach & Hibiscus liqueur (Gabriel Boudier)
    • 20ml Pomegranate Molasses
    • 25ml Lime Juice
    • 25ml egg white
    • Dried Hibiscus flowers

    Method

    Put ingredients into a Boston Tin (cocktail shaker);  shake once without ice, then again with ice. Fine strain into a martini glass or over ice if you prefer. Garnish with dried hibiscus flowers.

    Recipe courtesy of Diablesse Rum

  • Cotswolds Distillery

    Cotswolds Wildflower Spritz

    Ingredients

    • 50ml No. 1 Cotswolds Wildflower Gin
    • Premium Tonic, Fizz or Soda
    • Garnish: Orange Slice

    Method

    Fill a Copa glass with plenty of ice and pour in 50ml Cotswolds No. 1 Wildflower Gin. Top up with Premium Tonic or Fizz and Soda for a Gin Spritz. Ideally Garnish with an orange slice.

    Recipe courtesy of the Cotswolds Distillery. Purchase the No. 1 Wildflower Gin, £34.95 at cotswoldsdistillery.com

  • Spring Cocktails

    La Vie en Rose

    Ingredients

    • 25 ml Bombay Sapphire
    • 25 ml Lanique Rose Liqueur
    • 15 ml Monin Rose Syrup
    • 0.5 ml Chambord

    Method

    Shake all ingredients and pour into a wine glass, then top up with Champagne and garnish with edible flowers.

    Recipe courtesy of The Balmoral, Edinburgh 

  • Spring Cocktails

    The Botanist Peach and Chamomile G&T

    Ingredients

    • 50ml The Botanist
    • Tonic Water
    • Fresh Chamomile
    • Peach

    Method

    Add ingredients to an ice filled highball glass, top with tonic and garnish with chamomile and peach.

    Recipe courtesy of The Botanist

  • Italicus

    Italicus Cup

    Ingredients

    • 1 part Italicus
    • 1/2 part pink grapefruit juice
    • A pinch of salt
    • Top up with soda

    Method

    Serve in a tumbler glass with cubed ice and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

    View the ‘how to’ video here.

    Recipe courtesy of Italicus Rosolio Di Bergamotto

  • Spring Cocktails

    Mediterranean Highball

    Ingredients

    • 30ml Metaxa 12 Stars
    • 20ml Pink Grapefruit Juice
    • Tonic Water
    • Rosemary

    Method

    Use a tall glass, add the Metaxa 12 Stars and Pink Grapefruit Juice, then add 2-3 ice cubes and the tonic water. To serve, garnish with rosemary.

    Recipe courtesy of Metaxa

  • Spring Cocktails

    Chocolate Rum Bunny

    Ingredients

    • 25 ml Dark rum 25 ml Mozart Chocolate Liqueur
    • 25 ml Oat Milk
    • Bar of good quality milk chocolate

    Method 

    Start by chilling a cocktail glass in a freezer or by filling with ice. For an added Easter theme, use your knife and chopping board to cut the ears off a chocolate bunny, or the top off an easter egg and chill in a similar way to ensure it doesn’t melt in the meantime.

    Add all the ingredients to a large shaking tin, mixing glass, or whatever other receptacle – such as a mason jar – you happen to be using while at home and fill with ice.

    Using your bar spoon or similar stirring tool, gently stir. Keep the back of the spoon pressed against the inside of the tin/your homemade receptacle.

    Grab your strainer (or reposition lid/cap if using alternatives) and strain into your cocktail glass or chocolate treat.

    Garnish with a generous amount of chocolate shavings. Serve and enjoy.

    Recipe courtesy of Tatton & Thompson Liquor

  • MOOSE Raspberry Mousse cocktail

    Raspberry Mousse

    Ingredients

    • 25ml MOOSE
    • 25ml Vanilla Vodka
    • 25ml Cranberry Juice
    • 12.5ml Maple Syrup
    • 4 Raspberries & a Slice of Lemon
    • 1/3 Pipette of Mrs Better’s Bitters (Foaming agent)
    • Raspberry Dust

    Method

    Crush raspberries in a shaker, add all ingredients and ice, shake energetically. Double strain into a martini glass. Sprinkle raspberry dust.

    Recipe courtesy of MOOSE, available at stayinfeelout.com

  • Patrón Paloma

    Patrón Paloma

    Ingredients

    • 50ml Patrón Silver tequila
    • 150ml Grapefruit soda
    • Grapefruit slice

    Method

    1. Add Patrón Silver tequila to a highball glass with cubed ice.
    2. Top with grapefruit soda.
    3. Garnish with grapefruit slice.

    Recipe courtesy of Patrón.

Featured Image: Brooke Lark on Unsplash

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