Spring Worthy Cocktails To Enjoy

Dated: 03/23/2020

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It's time to start enjoying the long days, and what better way than to have a delicious cocktail in hand? The return of spring brings with it a new crop of bright, fresh drinks. From updated takes on margaritas to refined takes on spritzes and other classics, here's a look, from Forbes, at some of the new cocktails making their way onto bar menus.

The Velvet Buzzsaw.

The Velvet Buzzsaw.

 ILLUSTRATION: ELVA RAMIREZ

The Velvet Buzzsaw, from Death & Co Denver's Matt Hunt, puts a spotlight on the floral qualities of Beefeater gin by showcasing it against a backdrop of raspberry, Campari, vermouth and Giffarde rhubarb liqueur. Combined over ice in a big wine glass and topped with seltzer, this is a refined update on the classic Italian spritz.

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The Hook, Line and Sinker.

The Hook, Line and Sinker.

 ILLUSTRATION: ELVA RAMIREZ

Rye and brandy are typically associated with fall and winter but when paired with light, floral liqueurs, you can find complex, sipping drinks to linger over. Case in point: The Hook, Line & Sinker from newly-debuted Banzarbar in New York, which combines rye and brandy with dry vermouth, grapefruit liqueur, French herbal liqueur Suze and a whisper of St-Germain.  Strained into a chilled coupe, this is a showcase of complex spice, sweet and herbal notes.



22 Degree Halo

22 Degree Halo

 ILLUSTRATION: ELVA RAMIREZ

If spring also means gardening, then consider the 22 Degree Halo, which translates the earthiness of carrots into an elegant cocktail. A combination of sherry, plus basil-infused Carpano white vermouth, Greek herbal liqueur Skinos and the unexpected twist of carrot eau de vie, this cocktail, also from Banzarbar, offers a sophisticated sip with layers of  vegetal notes. 

Watermelon Margarita.

Watermelon Margarita.

 ILLUSTRATION: ELVA RAMIREZ

Meanwhile, there's always room for a classic. Welcome warm weather and outdoor party sessions with a fresh take on the margarita, courtesy Egg Shop in Nolita and Williamsburg. Add fresh watermelon cubes to tequila, lime and a touch of agave, then shake hard and pour into a glass. Spring never tasted so good.

The Grand Margarita.

The Grand Margarita.

 ILLUSTRATION: ELVA RAMIREZ

There's another simple twist to the margarita: Add Grand Marnier to the classic recipe. The orange liqueur adds a layer of citrus depth and balances out the lime juice's tartness. Combine all the ingredients in a shaking tin, add ice and shake briskly. Pour into a chilled glass with fresh ice, then garnish with lemon wheels.

The Basil Paloma

The Basil Paloma

 ILLUSTRATION: ELVA RAMIREZ

While margaritas get the lion's share of attention, the Paloma is recognized as Mexico's national drink. Check out this refreshing, sweet take on the Paloma, which combines Hornitos tequila with red grapefruit juice, fresh muddled basil and lime. The basil plays off the grapefruit and lime, and highlights the natural sweetness of the tequila.

A lively option for Cinco de Mayo, consider keeping this recipe around for your summer season hosting duties.

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