Spring is in the air! I have teamed up with Duralex® to create a selection of spring cocktail recipes using their beautiful Plum Le Picardie glasses.
They are for everyone, for every day and forever!
Since 1945, Duralex® has been manufacturing highly resistant, beautiful and bright glassware in La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin, in the heart of France. Their stunning glassware range is available in the UK – so why not bring a touch of classic French design to your home? The tempered glasses are equally suitable for cold or hot drinks, conveniently stackable, microwave, freezer and dishwasher-safe, impact and chip resistant, and the perfect weight.
4 Spring Cocktail Recipes
These spring cocktails are perfect for sharing and celebrating the change of season!
The first one is a take on Southside Fizz, only I have replaced the soda with Champagne. The legend goes that Southside Fizz (or South Side) was invented during the Prohibition era by mobsters in Chicago. The gin available to the well-known Al Capone and his gang on the south side of the city had a harsh taste and they needed to make it more palatable. Therefore, sugar and citrus fruit were added to the drink, creating the cocktail we know today. The north-side gangs were using ginger beer as a mixer for their gin. Southside Fizz is based on Mint Julep.
50ml London Dry Gin (I used 5060 Rurale)
20ml Sugar syrup
25ml Fresh lime juice
A handful of mint leaves
Measure all but Champagne into the glass part of your cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Strain over ice and top up with Champagne.
Nothing says spring better than elderflower. Even though I used Elderflower Aperitivo, I decided to add an extra splash of elderflower syrup to really amplify the flavour.
35ml Gin (I used Tarquin’s Cornish Dry Gin, but you could use something fruitier or floral here)
25ml The Starlino Elderflower Aperitivo
25ml Fresh lemon juice
10ml Elderflower syrup (I used Monin)
3 drops of Angostura Bitters
Dry shake all but bitters. Add ice and shake again. Strain into an ice-filled tumbler and add a few drops of Angostura.
Want to make your own syrup? See my previous blog post The Essential Guide to Cocktail Sweeteners
Hibiscus Margarita Fizz
This is one of my favourite Margarita variations. And if you made the Southside cocktail, you probably have some Champagne left over, so why not try this one as well …?
40ml Tequila (I used Patron Blanco)
15ml Hibiscus syrup (I used Monin)
25ml Fresh lime juice
Champagne (or Prosecco)
Himalayan salt rim, optional
Add Himalayan salt to the rim of the glass if using. Shake all but Champagne well with ice. Strain over ice and top up with the fizz.
Cucumber & Sage Cooler
All the refreshing green flavours in one drink. Serve this at a garden party on a warm spring day.
40ml London Dry Gin (I used 5060 Rurale)
10ml Fernet- Branca Menta
12.5ml Sugar syrup
12.5ml Fresh lemon juice
3 Sage leaves
Cucumber Tonic Water (I used Dr Polidori)
In the bottom of your shaker, muddle the sage together with the gin. Add all the remaining ingredients except tonic water. Shake well with ice. Strain over ice and top up with cucumber tonic water.
Which one of these spring-themed cocktail recipes is your favourite?
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