15 Fresh, Simple Cocktails for Spring

15 Fresh, Simple Cocktails for Spring

Faith Durand
May 7, 2012

It's springtime, the air is fresh, the sun is out. Time to sit out on the balcony (or patio, or fire escape...) with a glass of something cold in hand. This is the time of year when we like to begin dinner parties with an easy, crowd-friendly drink — perhaps a pitcher of strawberry-basil margaritas, or a simple whiskey sour. Here are a few more drinks in that line: Cucumber-rosemary gin and tonics, Pimm's Cup for the gardener, a blueberry rum smash, and three Champagne cocktails inspired by the lovely ladies of Downton Abbey.

Each of the cocktails in this roundup is relatively easy and quick — no fancy infusions or too many types of liquor. Just simple, refreshing spring sipping, with flavors of herbs and fruit. Cheers to spring!

• 1 Strawberry Basil Margaritas - A crowd-pleasing favorite! And so easy — just stir up a pitcher-full.
• 2 Pimm's Cup - The classic gardener's cocktail, light and refreshing and very British.
• 3 Lady Mary Lillet-Champagne Cocktail - Inspired by the first lady of Downton Abbey, sweet with Lillet and bracing with basil.
• 4 Lady Edith Ruby Red & Rosé Champagne Cocktail - Ruby bright, and refreshing.
• 5 Lady Sybil St. Germain & Champagne Cocktail - A beautifully simple and sweet cocktail for spring.

• 6 Icy Cold Green Tea Mojitos - Iced green tea and white rum — so thirst-quenching!
• 7 Spicy-Cool Blood Orange-Jalapeño Margaritas - A sweet margarita with a spicy kick.
• 8 Watermelon-Cucumber Refresher - Watermelon isn't quite in season, but the watery, hothouse melons that are trickling into markets actually do quite well for this juicy, refreshing cocktail.
• 9 The Blueberry Rum Smash - Blueberries, rum, ginger ale. Simple!
• 10 The El Diablo Cockail - Limeade, creme de cassis, tequila. A gorgeous color.

• 11 The Original Hurricane - Mardi Gras is over, but the classic Hurricane makes great sipping all summer long.
• 12 Whisky Sour - Four takes on the classic whiskey sour, an easy and delicious drink for parties.
• 13 Kachumber Cooler - A garden cocktail, with cucumber, gin, cilantro and lime.
• 14 Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic - A refreshing twist on a classic.
• 15 The Americano - A juicy Italian classic, just Campari and vermouth with a splash of seltzer.

What are your favorite cocktails and mocktails for spring?

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