Cocktail Confessions: Four Delicious & Seasonal Spring Cocktails

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Photo by Tori Avey: http://theshiksa.com

The weather is gorgeous, winter layers are shed, the kids are staying out late for rehearsal, practice, or general springtime revelry. You know what that means, right? It’s cocktail time!

We asked four of our favorite fierce female food bloggers to give us their go-to cocktail recipes for a light, intoxicating springtime beverage. Whether you prefer the cooling flavor of watermelon or want to transport yourself to Spain for an afternoon, we’ve got the perfect potion to soothe you.

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Photo by Esi Impraim--http://dishingupdelights.blogspot.com

From Esi Impraim‘s mouth-watering food blog called Dishing Up Delights:

I recently discovered Pinkberry’s new watermelon flavor and I’m obsessed. I also totally love the way they serve it with watermelon chunks, watermelon puree and diced cucumber. It’s fresh and fantastic. The first time I tried the combination, I knew I wanted to make a drink based on it. This cocktail is so refreshing and a perfect antidote to the heat.

Makes 4+ drinks

1 small, seedless watermelon, peeled and cut into chunks
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup simple syrup (recipe below)
1 cup seltzer water
6 ounces vodka
Ice cubes
Diced cucumber

Place the watermelon chunks in a blender. Blitz until liquefied. Place a strainer over a bowl and add the watermelon purée. Strain the juice and reserve 2 1/2 cups of the juice.

In a large pitcher, mix the watermelon juice with the lime juice. Fill each glass with a couple of ice cubes and a small handful of cucumber pieces. Add 1/4 cup of the watermelon and lime mixture, 1/4 cup of the seltzer, and 1 1/2 ounces of vodka to each glass. Serve immediately.

Simple Syrup

Makes 1/4 cup

In a small saucepan, dissolve 1/4 cup of sugar in 1/4 cup of water over low heat. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

*Note, I prefer drinks on the tart side. You’ll probably get much more juice from the watermelon than the amount listed below so feel free to play around with the quantities. Also, if you’re not a drinker, leave the vodka out. This drink is great even without the alcohol!

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Photo by Carina Ost: http://www.thepubsf.com/

Carina Ost sent me this lovely cocktail recipe from one of her clients The Pub at Ghirardelli Square.  Here is what Carina said about the drink:

Scott Broccoli, owner of the The Pub at Ghirardelli Square, serves up Incident on Beach Street at his pub on Beach Street in San Francisco. The drink is a play on a [Bruce] Springsteen song, “Incident on 57th Street. “

Here’s the incident: The legend goes that Bruce and his wife Patty came in to a bar that Scott worked at years ago, he made them this cocktail with Blueberry vodka, iced tea, and lemonade and they loved it.

Incident on Beach Street

2 oz of Blueberry stoli
3 oz of home brewed unsweetened iced tea
3 oz of real lemonade.
Served in a pint glass packed with ice and a lemon wedge on the rim.

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Photo by Tori Avey: http://theshiksa.com

Just in time for Passover festivities, the talented Tori Avey of The Shiksa in the Kitchen offered up this beautiful pomegranate cocktail she calls the Shiksa-Tini.

I adore pomegranates, so of course I had to use them when creating my “signature” Shiksa martini. This ancient fruit is mentioned several times throughout the Torah. Pomegranates are said to have decorated the pillars of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem.

I’ve paired rich pomegranate juice (POM Wonderful or fresh is best) with orange-flavored vodka and other flavors to create a crisp and delicious cocktail. Be careful with this one… you don’t taste the liquor much, so you can end up drinking more than you mean to if you’re not careful!

Shiksa-Tini

Ingredients

¼ cup pomegranate juice
1 ¼ oz orange vodka
½ oz triple sec
¼ oz sweetened lime juice
8 ice cubes
Pomegranate seeds (optional – for garnish)

You will also need: a cocktail shaker, jigger/measure, martini glass

Serves 1
Kosher Key
: Pareve

Place all ingredients except for pomegranate seeds into a cocktail shaker along with ice cubes. Shake vigorously for a few seconds until well chilled. Drop about 10 pomegranate seeds into the bottom of the martini glass. Strain cocktail into the martini glass and serve.

Kosher Liquor and Mixer Suggestions

POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice
Absolut Mandarin Vodka
Leroux Triple Sec
Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice

Thanks to Celia Soudry, a fabulous food writer at the LA Weekly, for introducing us!

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Photo by Arianna Armstrong: http://grapesmart.net

 

If you like to mix up some antioxidant rich wine with your springtime sinfulness (or would like to make a faux cocktail that is kid-friendly), Arianna Armstong of Grapesmart has concocted a delicious Spring/Summer Sangria with white wine which also as a booze-free version for your thirsty babies.

Most people are familiar with the fruity red version of this tasty adult beverage. This recipe actually makes a light and refreshing white sangria.

I knew the basic components of this drink, but it took fiddling around in my test kitchen (and by “test kitchen” I mean the shoebox in my apartment where I reheat stuff), to get it just right. I also tried the recipe with two different wines (shush, Grandma – it’s not because I’m a lush and will find any excuse to drink!), to get it just right.

WHITE SUMMER SANGRIA

4 oz. of a dry Spanish white, like Albarino or Torrentes.

1 Tbsp brandy

1 Tbsp Peach Schnapps

2 oz. white cranberry juice

Serve chilled, with raspberries, strawberries, peach slices and thinly sliced granny smith apple to garnish (optional)

WHITE SUMMER “SIN-GRIA”

4 oz. white cranberry juice

2 oz. sparkling water

Serve chilled, with raspberries, strawberries, peach slices and thinly sliced granny smith apple to garnish (optional)

  • What is your favorite spring/summer cocktail recipe? What do you like to pair it with? Share with us in the comments!


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