Make These 9 Refreshing Spring Drinks This Weekend

The Spring season is here, and it’s time to crack those frozen joints, peel off our artfully-layered combos of clothes, and put some ice on your drinks without shuddering at the chill. In any other year, the season would have also marked the highly-anticipated de-winterizing of bars and restaurant patios–umbrellas unfurled, benches removed from storage, and cocktail menus set to welcome throngs of patrons. Unfortunately, with the pandemic still in our midst, most of our Springtime drinking will likely happen in the confines of your home (much like last year!).

In any case, choosing to avoid the crowd shouldn’t be a reason not to mix up something for yourself that reflects the season! Think easy-to-mix, light, and refreshing– match your high spirits with these nine classic Springtime cocktails (and mocktails) you can make this weekend while you unthaw!


Cotton Candy Drink

A sparkly and sweet cotton candy mocktail that’s so yummy and easy to make! With just two ingredients, your kids will love you for life!

What You’ll Need:

  • Raspberry Gingerale
  • Cotton Candy
  • Cherry for garnish (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Divide the cotton candy evenly into the cups.
  2. Pour over with the soda.
  3. Serve immediately. Garnish with whole cherries if preferred.

Sparkling Strawberry Mint Limeade

A delicious strawberry limeade drink made even better with that special touch of mint! Make this refreshing drink and instantly feel like you’re sipping on a strawberry mojito!

What You’ll Need:

  • ½ pint fresh strawberries hulled
  • 10 mint leaves plus more for garnish
  • 5 fresh limes juice from all and zest from two
  • 72 ounces seltzer water
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ice
  • additional limes, sliced optional garnish
  • additional strawberries, halved optional garnish

Directions:

  1. Add strawberries, mint leaves, lime juice, zest, and sugar to a blender and blend until liquified. It will be the syrup for your limeade.
  2. Add syrup to a pitcher and top up with seltzer water.
  3. Add additional lime slices, mint leaves, and halved strawberries if desired. Serve over ice.

Tropical Mango Faux-jito

If you’re a huge fan of tropical drinks, you’ll surely enjoy the heavenly combination of mango and mint in this delicious mango mojito– minus the alcohol, of course!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 lime quartered
  • 2 sprigs mint
  • 1.5 oz. jalapeno simple syrup 1 shot glass
  • 3 oz. mango nectar
  • 3 oz. seltzer water
  • Jalapeno Simple Syrup:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 jalapeno (remove seeds)

Directions:

  1. Make your simple syrup by bringing water to a boil in a small saucepan and stirring in the sugar until dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and add in jalapeno. For a slight jalapeno flavor, remove after 15 minutes. Otherwise, leave the jalapeno in until it reaches the intensity you like.
  3. In a large cocktail shaker, muddle your mint with lime wedges and your simple syrup.
  4. Fill your shaker with ice and pour the mango nectar on top. Shake vigorously until the shaker feels very cool to the touch.
  5. Meanwhile, fill a rock glass with ice. Pour your mango mojito into your glass and top with a seltzer. Garnish with a lime wedge and extra mint. Enjoy!

Peaches and Cream

If peaches-and-cream is your all-time favorite Spring dessert, then you’ll surely love this decadent, Springtime-inspired drink!

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 Liter of Sprite
  • 64 oz. Bottle of Peach Juice (I used Ocean Spray Peach Cran)
  • 1/2 a 48 oz. container of Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 16 oz.bag of Frozen Peach Slices

Directions:

  1. In a large punch bowl, mix sprite and peach juice.
  2. Add in half a tub of ice cream and gently stir a few times.
  3. Add in frozen peaches.
  4. Top glasses with peach slices if desired.

(Virgin) Banana Daiquiris

Feel like you’re relaxing on a far-away tropical beach with this non-alcoholic banana daiquiri drink! It’s especially perfect for enjoying after a long workday or during weekends!

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 Medium-Sized Ripe Bananas (cut in chunks)
  • 2 Tsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Tsp Rum Extract
  • ½ Cup Cold Water
  • 6 Large Ice Cubes

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until frosty smooth!
  2. Pour into 2 glasses and serve with a slice of lime and some whipped cream, if preferred.

Sangria

Use this season’s freshest produce for this steep red wine and brandy combo and drink until the pitcher’s sipped dry!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 bottle red table wine
  • 1/2 c. brandy
  • 1/2 c. orange juice
  • 1/2 c. pomegranate juice
  • 2 c. sparkling water
  • 1/4 c. simple syrup
  • orange slices
  • apple slices
  • blackberries
  • pomegranate seeds

Directions:

  1. Stir all of the ingredients together in a pitcher.
  2. Put the pitcher in the refrigerator and let stand overnight.
  3. Pour sangria into glasses and garnish with orange wedges.

Mint Julep

This drink may be popular during May’s Kentucky Derby, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t fabulous any day of the year! And the good news is, making it isn’t too out of your reach!

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 oz. bourbon
  • 5-6 mint leaves
  • 1 tsp. sugar

Directions:

  1. Place mint leaves in the bottom of a pre-chilled, dry pewter cup.
  2. Add sugar and crush slightly with a muddler.
  3. Pack glass with finely cracked ice, then pour a generous 3 ounces of Kentucky bourbon over the ice.
  4. Stir briskly until the glass frosts. Add more ice and stir again before serving.
  5. Stick a few sprigs of mint into the ice to get the aroma.

Silver Fizz

Let all your troubles “fizz” away with this satisfyingly refreshing Spring drink! Your boredom is no match for this exciting burst of flavors!

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 oz. London dry gin
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. superfine sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • club soda

Directions:

  1. Shake ingredients (except club soda) furiously with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass and fill up with club soda.
  3. Serve with a stirring rod.

Caipirinha

Try this Brazilian take on a Mojito and experience a funkier, earthier rum drink that provides plenty of depth!

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 oz. cachaça
  • 1/2 lime
  • 2 tsp. sugar

Directions:

  1. Slice the lime into 1/2-inch rounds, cube them, and muddle them in an Old-Fashioned glass with the sugar.
  2. Add a couple of ice cubes. Pour in the cachaça.
  3. Serve with a stirring rod.

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