With spring finally here, it’s time to embrace all the things that we love about it. The weather, new wardrobe, and of course, the spring cleaning! #JustKidding. Let’s forget about the spring cleaning and talk about something more fun to start the season. #SpringCocktails. Inspired by the flowers blooming outside and Earth Day on April 22, we’re bringing you six cocktails with a fun earthy twist.
Jolly Green Machine
Sí se puede… mix kale and cocktails! It was just Cesar Chavez Day, and while he might not have had mixology on the mind, I think the slogan still applies. This concoction from Napa Valley Grille shows that the kale and alcohol mix together flawlessly. I have a feeling that the gin cancels out all of kale’s health benefits, but let’s ignore that for a second. *Starts filling blender* If I’m going to have a drink anyway, I might as well at least pretend to be healthy!
Bachelor’s Button Martini
While nothing says spring quite like fresh flowers blooming, you might not have thought to actually put those flowers in your cocktail – but think again! While Bachelor’s button flowers have become popular in teas, this recipe from Anthropologie shows that they can work their earthy magic in cocktails, too. And if you haven’t tried them before, don’t be afraid—they’re totally edible!
Thyme Tequila Fizz
Tequila shots have been the death of me — thyme and thyme again. But this might be your answer for a classy, non-margarita cocktail alternative to the straight-up tequila shot! If you’ve ended up feeling sorry after too many shots, this option from Diverse Diners is one worth taking your thyme on. Okay, enough with the puns, time to get out the cocktail shaker!
This is hot off the Press—my fave lounge in New York. Known for farm to table ingredients in both their food and beverages, this mixture is sure to get you ready for spring. If you don’t keep bee pollen in the cabinet and aren’t sure where to find it, try making a trip out to the lounge itself. The stunning views and upscale yet relaxed ambiance make it a treat for locals and tourists alike.
1 part Spring 44 honey vodka (no judgment if you’re on a budget and looking for a cheaper brand!)
1 part lemon juice
1 part club soda
Dash of honey syrup
Sage leaves and bee pollen, for garnish
Instructions: Dip your favorite type of cocktail glass in the bee pollen to garnish the rim! Shake the vodka, lemon juice, and honey syrup in cocktail shaker. Pour the mixture into the glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a few sprigs of sage. Salud!
WC and Soda
This cocktail from Imbibe Magazine gives orange’s little prima—the kumquat—the spotlight. Kumquats aren’t usually on my grocery list, but if they’re going to be a key ingredient for my next cocktail party, I might as well try them out. The Campari, citrus, tarragon, and fresh mint makes for a particularly earthy combo for a daytime drink. Try serving it at your next brunch fiesta or #SundayFunday at home.
Whiskey, Earl Grey, Lemon, Thyme, and Ginger: the Five Shades of Grey
It’s official, Earl Grey tea has graduated from the breakfast table to cocktail hour! Unless you’re already used to having cocktail hour during breakfast – we won’t judge. Tea lovers can rejoice with this Earl Grey inspired option from Bob and Shan with colorful ingredients that I like to call the Five Shades of Grey.