The sun is shining, and spring is here!
To get into the spring mood, we’ve gathered a list of cocktail recipes ripe for season. Punchy and refreshing, these cocktails are sure to put a spring in your step.
Check out five must-try spring cocktails below!
This Indie88 feature is presented in partnership with Northern Keep Vodka, a Canadian premium craft vodka made with locally sourced Canadian rye and winter wheat. Distilled five times for exceptional smoothness, its aromas of citrus, wheat and light spiciness are the perfect addition to any cocktail.
GRAPEFRUIT BASIL SMASH
Cheers to spring with the refreshing Northern Keep Grapefruit Basil Smash cocktail. With hints of lemon, grapefruit and hibiscus tea, this cocktail is the perfect way to welcome spring.
Muddle 6 basil leaves in your cocktail shaker, then add 1.5 oz. Northern Keep Vodka, 1 oz. grapefruit juice, 1/3 oz. lemon juice, 2/3 oz. simple syrup, and 1/2 oz. hibiscus tea (unsweetened and chilled). Shake well, and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a sprig of basil for an herbaceous note.
KEEP IT TOGETHER
Light, fruity and minty, this cocktail features all the signs of spring. Muddle 3 diced strawberries, 3 lime wedges, and 8-10 mint leaves with 1 oz. simple syrup, or honey syrup if you’re craving something mellow. Add ice and 1 oz. Northern Keep Vodka, then stir to bring muddled ingredients up from bottom of glass. Garnish with mint sprig for freshness.
Spring roars in like a lion, but this drink will help keep you calm until the gentle sunshine of warmer days arrive! Shake 1 oz. Northern Keep Vodka, 1 oz. cranberry juice, and 3 oz. green tea (chilled) with ice. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice, garnished with a mint sprig.
THAT’S MY JAM
Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Shake 1 tablespoon raspberry jam and 2 oz. pineapple juice with 1 oz. Northern Keep Vodka and ice. Close your eyes while you’re shaking, and try to imagine yourself somewhere tropical. Open your eyes to strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a fresh pineapple chunk – you’re practically there.
KEEP IT COOL
Nothing says warm weather like a glass rimmed with salt and lime. This slightly tart, yet refreshing cocktail is the perfect way to soak up the sun! Just mix 1 oz. Northern Keep Vodka, 0.5 oz. lime juice (or the juice of half a lime), and Grapefruit soda into your salt-rimmed glass filled with ice.