Spring is here and that means it's time for a fresh batch of light and delicious cocktails using seasonal herbs and citrus! Forget special tools or complex recipes- we're keeping things simple so you can focus on spending time enjoying these drinks with friends and family. Enjoy!
Spring Sangria: Serves 4-5
This sangria needs to be made ahead of time so plan accordingly if serving for a party or dinner. One pitcher typically serves 4-5 so just make several batches at once and you can replenish the pitcher as needed.
2 750 ml bottles dry white wine (I like Sauvignon blanc varietals from New Zealand or Australia)
3/4 cup club soda
1/4 cup sugar (I like to use superfine so it dissolves better)
1/4 cup fresh strawberries, halved
3/4 cup fresh raspberries, whole
1 green apple, cored and chopped
1 lemon thinly sliced
1 lime thinly sliced
handful of fresh basil leaves
Combine all ingredients except the club soda in a large pitcher and stir together until the sugar dissolves. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Serve chilled or over ice. Pour glass 3/4 full then top up with club soda.
Lemon & Strawberry Buzz : Serves 1
This is a great alternative or companion to straight champagne or sparkling wine for Spring brunches.
Prosecco or Champagne (buy for your budget)
2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup (or to taste)
1-2 Fresh Strawberries (remove green leafy top)
Add Lemon Juice & Simple Syrup to glass of your choice (we suggest coup or traditional flute) then top with Prosecco. Pour prosecco slowly to avoid overflow and let the head fizz out a bit and continue to top up to get a balanced mix in the glass. Garnish with a sprig of Rosemary and fresh strawberries. Cheers!
Gin & Citrus Juice: Serves 1
Gin and citrus go together like bare feet and grass which is exactly how I recommend enjoying this beverage perfect for picnics and outdoor entertaining.
2 oz gin (I love Hendricks but if you don't like cucumber pick something else. Note to non gin drinkers- you can use vodka)
2 oz Lemonade
1 oz sparkling water (flavored or plain)
1 lemon cut into wedges for garnish
mint leaves (optional for garnish)
Add a few square ice cubes or a small handful of crushed ice to glass. If using mint add to glass and then pour in gin, lemonade and finish off with sparkling water. Serve with lemon on the rim.