Need something to drink while welcoming in the spring sunshine? These four spring cocktails will do the trick! Whether you like your cocktails sweet or sour, there’s one here for every taste, and three fun colors to choose from. If you want to take a break from being bartender at home, remember you are always welcome at Bullcreek Distillery! We can whip up a pretty mean cocktail that will cool you off as temperatures start to rise.
4 Stunning Spring Cocktail Recipes
A fun variation on the classic gin sour, the Bee’s Knees, found on Saveur, is believed to have been developed during prohibition when the phrase “the bee’s knees” was in vogue to mean that something was “the best.” We’re not sure if the original was very good, since it was made with bathtub gin and the lemon and honey were mainly used to cover the harsh taste and smell, but this drink is a good spring cocktail choice for anyone who thinks they don’t like gin—as long as they like honey and lemon!
1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
3⁄4 oz. Honey syrup
2 oz. Gin
To make honey syrup, combine 1 cup honey and 1/3 cup hot water, stir until mixed. Unused portion can be stored in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until shaker becomes uncomfortable to hold. Strain into a coupe glass.
Another prohibition-era cocktail, the Clover Club from Liquor.com adds raspberry syrup and an egg white to the mix. The syrup imparts a delicate coral color and the egg white gives a fluffy, creamy texture.
2 oz. Gin
1 Egg white
½ oz Fresh lemon juice
½ oz Raspberry syrup
Dry shake the egg white (by itself in a shaker with no ice) vigorously, then add ice along with the other ingredients. Shake until the shaker becomes uncomfortable to hold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries on a cocktail skewer.
Of all the spring cocktails we tried while researching this article, the one that looked the most like springtime was the Water Lily, found on Saveur. This delicate lavender blend of sweet and tart flavors is exactly what we think of when we imagine a warm spring day and it’s even more delicious to drink while sitting in a sunbeam!
3⁄4 oz. Triple sec
3⁄4 oz. Crème de violette
3⁄4 oz. Fresh lemon juice
3⁄4 oz. Gin
Strip of orange zest, for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until shaker becomes uncomfortable to hold. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with orange zest.
With elderflower syrup and lavender syrup, the Honeysuckle Flip from your own Bull Creek Distillery, sets the tone for the beginnings of spring. Sour keeps it from becoming too sweet and cloying, soda water adds a bit of fizz and Tito’s vodka adds some fun! (We’re not going to reveal the recipe here—you’ll have to come on out to Bull Creek Distillery and try one for yourself. Trust us, it’s worth it: this one is spring in a glass!)
Interested in having us make a drink for you? Stop by our place in Spring Hill, KS. Tuesday-Saturday at 20559 S Lone Elm Rd.
Do you have a favorite spring cocktail? List it in the comments below!