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10 Drink Recipes To Welcome Spring

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It’s been a loooong winter, so what better way to welcome spring than toasting with one of these cheery, bright drinks–some with alcohol, some without. Spotlighting strawberries, rhubarb, fresh herbs, and other seasonal ingredients, they make winter seem like a distant memory.

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    Rhubarb Rosemary Flip

    The drink was created by Carol Donovan of Hearty Restaurant in Chicago, combining the sweet-tart rhubarb with aromatic rosemary. The egg white in the drink is flavorless and helps create that luscious foam, which brings the rosemary closer to your nose to enjoy.

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    Hibiscus Sangria Punch

    The rose syrup or liqueur adds a floral note to this fruity alcohol-optional punch.

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    Blushing Paloma

    This tall, cool twist on a classic Paloma (grapefruit juice + tequila) is the runway model of cocktails.

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    Spring Tonic

    Watercress’s bracing vibrancy makes it an invigorating addition to green juice, especially when paired with a tart apple. A sweeter apple will make a more mellow juice. If you don’t have a juicer, you can make this in a blender and strain it.

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    Strawberry, Lemon, and Rosewater Slushie

    Strawberries are part of the rose family, so just a hint of rosewater is a natural addition to this bright, refreshing slushie.

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    Thai Basil and Cumin Lemonade

    If my son ever decides to have a lemonade stand, I’d like to think I’d have some influence over his product. If so, this would be my suggestion for our collaborative effort: a refreshing, fragrant beverage suitable for all ages. Seriously, I’m pretty sure this is a get-rich-quick idea for a small business, so if you want to steal it and start a Thai Basil and Cumin Lemonade stand, by all means, go for it. 

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    Garden Party Cocktail

    Ted Kilgore, the beverage manager of Taste by Niche in Missouri, based this cocktail on the natural pairing of agave nectar and tequila, which come from the same plant. Visit our Drinks & Entertaining page for more drink recipes for your garden party—or any party you might be having!

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    Queen Bee Mojito

    Camper English uses honey to flavor this combination of three classic cocktails in one glass: the Air Mail (rum, honey, citrus, and Champagne), the Champagne Cocktail, and the Mojito. Look for the classic mojito recipe as well as dozens more classic cocktails on our Drinks & Entertaining page.

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    Derby Day Mint Julep Cocktail

    There are as many variations of the mint julep as there are thoroughbreds that have run in the Kentucky Derby, which is when this sweet concoction is traditionally served. It’s often stirred with ice in a silver cup; this version calls for shaking with a slice of lemon for a frothy, refreshing drink. Browse our Drinks and Entertaining Guide for more classic cocktails.

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    Rhubarb-Ginger Sparkler

    When rhubarb is in season in early spring, make the most of its tart flavor with this spicy, pale pink cocktail. It’s easy to scale up, making it perfect for a brunch or as a signature wedding drink. 

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