I collect a lot of cocktail recipes. It's my opinion that, in order to create good drinks, you've got to: a.) Try lots of drinks, b.) Be curious about how flavors work together, and c.) Be willing to learn from others. The internet is a goldmine for good recipes, but like anything else, there's a lot of crap to sift through. I figured it might be nice to do some of that sifting for you, since I'm at it already anyway.
Our little corner of the Pacific Northwest is feeling strangely Spring-y already, but Washington weather has a funny way of knocking you down a couple pegs just when you think the season is changing. Sunshine happens in February, and we tend to accept the Vitamin D with open arms... But I, for one, also give it a bit of side-eye:
That said, I'm already craving some of my favorite Spring treats and light drinks. Here are five cocktails (and a favorite snack) to plan for as the seasons change:
Cocktail round-up: 5 drinks for Spring dreaming
1. Rhubarb, Grapefruit and Thyme cocktail
by Top with Cinnamon
This post includes a recipe for a delicious looking rhubarb, grapefruit & thyme syrup, which is then combined with vodka and grapefruit juice. Doesn't it look delicious?
I'd wager this would be good with gin instead of vodka, too...
2. The Bootleg Cocktail
by Cookie and Kate
In this recipe, lemon, lime, mint and agave are blended into a Bootleg mix, and then combined with gin & club soda. How could you go wrong?
Little flecks of goodness are all up in there. The recipe says you can use vodka, gin or whiskey. I'll bet rum would be a nice choice, too!
3. Angostura Sour
by Lottie + Doof
Remember my White Tulip from a couple weeks ago? Well, if you were intrigued by the idea of egg white cocktails, here's another one for you to add to your To Drink list. Egg whites, Angostura, lime and simple syrup are combined to get this frothy little cocktail. You read that right: Angostura is the only alcohol in this drink. I can't wait to give this one a shot (pun intended).
Doesn't that look light & lovely? This one looks perfect for those of us who are moody regardless of the season.
4. The Bee's Knees
by Jennifer Rose Smith (Camille Styles)
Honey, lemon, Hendrick's gin (swoon) and orange garnish yield the sweetest looking little cocktail. Just look at how precious it is:
I'm jonesing hard for Meyer lemons right now. How good would Meyer lemon juice be in this? SO good.
Also: I need some of those adorable cloth cocktail napkins!
5. Cold Brew Bourbon Cocktail
by A Better Happier St. Sebastian
Spring and Summer in the Pacific Northwest = Cold brew season. Some people never stop drinking the stuff, which is also legit, but I definitely crave a cup of cold brewed coffee more as the ground defrosts.
Forget Spring, I want one of these right now!
Food Bonus: Radishes + butter on baguette with flaky sea salt
A few years ago I stumbled upon a post that detailed the simple beauty of a few high quality ingredients left to shine on their own. I can't find the original post now, but if you do a little search on Pinterest you'll find detailed instructions. But really all you need to do is:
- Find gorgeous radishes & slice 'em up.
- Spread a generous amount of high-quality butter onto slices of your favorite baguette.
- Lay the radish slices on top just so and sprinkle with a good, flaky sea salt.
- Resist the temptation to stuff them in your face all at once because they are so freaking delicious.
Get it in your life.
Happy Spring dreaming!