Cocktails to Get You in the Mood for Spring
Spring is finally here! Although, if you live in Northern Colorado, you know that spring often involves the usual temperature swings where it could be 80 degrees one day and 30 degrees the next. Even if you have to pair your puffy jacket with a pair of shorts, you can finally enjoy the longer days and budding trees. Unfortunately, most of us are stuck at home in self-quarantine — but that doesn’t mean you still can’t celebrate spring by having a virtual happy hour with your friends or family. In today’s post, we’re going to give you some easy drink ideas that are both delicious and refreshing and they’ll remind you that spring is here! Keep reading and then stop by your favorite local liquor store, Pringle’s Fine Wine and Spirits for all of your beer, wine, and liquor needs.
Remember when Moscow mules were all the rage? This popular drink includes four simple ingredients served in a signature chilled copper mug — vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, and ginger beer. It’s not too sweet and not too strong, and it’s perfect for a warm, sunny day. But why not try a slightly different version of this drink classic? The Mexican mule is similar to the Moscow mule but made with tequila instead of vodka. It tastes reminiscent of a margarita — yet different. Plus, with Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, it’s time to start perfecting your recipe!
Basil has that robust herbal aroma that reminds you of a summer garden. It also happens to pair perfectly with gin. If you’re looking for a hearty drink that’s also refreshing on a warm spring day, try this modified version of a traditional gin smash. Once again, just four simple ingredients are all you’ll need — a good-quality gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and fresh basil leaves. Just muddle a dozen or so leaves in a shaker, add remaining ingredients and ice, and shake to your heart’s content. Strain. Serve. Enjoy.
This drink is a vintage classic, and for a good reason. It combines bourbon or rye whiskey with bitters, sugar, stirred with plenty of ice and it’s often garnished with a twist of orange peel. Originally crafted over 200 years ago, few drinks have sustained such a following. Enjoy this taste of history as you sit back and enjoy the first signs of spring.
Another classic drink with a tasty twist, the Georgia mint julep is made with bourbon, muddled mint, bitters, and peach liqueur — thereby creating the sweet peach version of this favorite drink. The traditional mint julep became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in the 1930s, but history tells us that it was around much earlier. In fact, one of the first references to mint juleps dates back as far as the 1700s. Whether you choose to use the original recipe or try this updated version, either one is perfect for welcoming in spring.
Shop Pringles for All of Your Spring Cocktail Ingredients
You may be stuck at home, but you can still celebrate spring with these delicious cocktails. Pringles Fine Wine and Spirits has everything you need to stock your bar, wine cellar, and beer fridge. As the favorite Fort Collins liquor store, we’ve been serving our customers for almost 40 years. Stop by today to shop our extensive selection.