As the weather gets warmer and snow becomes only a memory, it's time to bask in the glory of springtime — and one of the best ways to celebrate the season is by sipping some delicious drinks that pay homage to spring. Like their counterparts around the country, mixologists around New York City have created cocktails that incorporate the flavors of the season — including blooming flowers, in some cases — that are perfect for a night out or a springtime soirée at home. And even more good spring cocktail ideas come from the purveyors of premium spirits themselves.
From the makers of Viniq Shimmery Liqueur (vodka blended with moscato and "natural fruit flavors") comes this first-rate spring cocktail: 3 parts Viniq and 2 parts Champagne, poured into an elegant ice-filled glass and garnished with an orange slice.
From Gotham Bar and Grill. The name may come from Romeo and Juliet, but there's nothing tragic about this tasty mix of vodka, prosecco, fresh lemon juice, and Combier rose liqueur.
Served at the Haru restaurants, which have various locations. This sweet-and-sour cocktail will brighten any rainy spring day with its mixture of gin or rum, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lime juice, and soda, with shredded cucumber added.
From Beauty & Essex. Made with Grey Goose vodka, basil, lemon nectar, and lime juice, this cocktail will make you feel like you’re lying in the grass on a beautifully cool spring day.
Refinery Rooftop serves this tantalizing mixture of Grey Goose cherry vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon juice, pomegranate-blueberry juice, prosecco, and honey.
Prairie Organic Spirits created this spring delight with 2 ounces of their cucumber-flavored organic vodka, 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 3 muddled strawberries, topped off with a splash of soda water and garnished with a sprig of mint.
Duane Park defines the seasonal spring cocktail with cucumber-flavored Hendrick’s gin, rose syrup, lime juice, muddled cucumber, and a torn rose, served with a garnish of rose petals.
Named for a flower — a greenish-yellow perrenial — this cocktail, from Mas (farmhouse), combines gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Lillet Blanc, and green Chartreuse for a cocktail that leaves customers asking for more.
Upholstery Store’s resident mixologist Cody Goldstein conjures up a breezy Wellington afternoon with this combination of tequila, Lillet Blanc, kiwi-lime purée, and marjoram syrup.
Corner Social serves a perfect cocktail to sip al fresco: tequila, fresh mint, blueberries, pineapple juice, and agave syrup.
The Stolichnaya vodka people propose this aromatic springtime cocktail, made with their super-premium Elit by Stolichnaya: 1 ½ parts Elit by Stolichnaya, 1 ½ parts lavender-infused water (add 2 teaspoons of dried lavender to 8 ounces of boiling water; let steam for 10 minutes, stir in 1 teaspoon of sugar, and allow the mixture to cool before using). Spray a bit of atomized rose water on top before serving.
This refreshing cocktail from Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria is an imaginative combination of Candolini Grappa, dry vermouth, crème de violette, Varnelli Anice, and fresh lime juice. It is the perfect drink to have after a long day of work.