Spring Cocktails

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Peter Banasick from Fine Wine & Good Spirits shares some recipes for Spring cocktails.

Blood Orange Elderflower

•           1 oz Belvedere vodka

•           ¾ oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

•           ½ oz lime juice

•           2 ½ oz ginger ale

•           1 oz blood orange juice

•           1 blood orange slice

•           1 fresh thyme sprig


Combine first four ingredients in a tall glass filled with ice. Slowly top with blood orange juice. Garnish with blood orange slice and fresh thyme.


Just in Thyme

Makes 6-8 servings


•           8 oz Bluecoat American Dry Gin

•           16 oz San Pellegrino Pompelmo

•           4 sprigs thyme

•           2 oranges, peeled and quartered


Combine gin and San Pellegrino into a pitcher; stir. Top with ice and serve. Add thyme and oranges to garnish.


Cucumber Cooler

•           1½ oz. Hendrick’s Gin

•           ¾ oz. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

•           ¾ oz. fresh lime juice

•           ¼ oz. simple syrup

•           5 mint leaves

•           Seltzer

•           1 cucumber slice


Place first five ingredients into a tall glass; muddle gently. Fill glass with ice and top with seltzer; gently stir. Garnish with cucumber slice.


Strawberry Fizz

•           Ripe strawberries

•           ¾ oz. lemon juice

•           1 oz. agave nectar

•           2 oz. Avión Tequila

•           2 oz. dry Champagne


Muddle two strawberries in a shaker; add next three ingredients. Shake vigorously and then strain into a Champagne flute or coupe. Float dry Champagne on top and garnish with a fresh strawberry.

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