It’s been a crazy winter in the U.S., but spring is in the air. A time for planting and enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as lighter, sweeter cocktails.
Celebrity Caterer Andrea Correale, founder, and president of Elegant Affairs comes to our rescue yet again, with a bevy of libations perfect for celebrating the season. We love her contributions. They’re always filled with fun and flair, which comes easy for Andrea as a celebrity event producer and caterer to stars like Brooke Shields, Mariah Cary, Jimmy Fallon, and Liam Neeson.
Now you can be the star of your own springtime celebration with these light and refreshing spring cocktails. Get the recipes below. Remember to enjoy responsibly!
How To Make Lemon Basil Margarita Cocktail For Spring
Ingredients for the recipe
1-1/2 ounces tequila
1-ounce triple sec
1-ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
3 basil leaves, for garnish
1/2 sugar/1/2 salt mixture, for rim
Lemon rind, for garnish
Basil leaf, for garnish
Coat glass rim with sugar and salt mixture. Shake all liquid ingredients in a shaker. Pour over ice. Garnish with lemon rind and basil leaf.
Georgia Peach and Basil Bourbon Slushy Cocktail
12 mint leaves
3 fresh Georgia peaches, sliced and frozen overnight
Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
1/2 cup simple syrup
1 cup Black Tea Bourbon
Directions for making this recipe
Slice peaches and freeze overnight (can use packaged frozen peaches for easy preparation. In a food processor, add frozen peach slices, mint leaves, lemon juice, simple syrup, bourbon, and blend, adding ice until slushy consistency forms. Scoop slush into glasses and garnish with basil and peaches. Serve immediately.
Citrus-Basil Spiked Sweet Tea Cocktail
8 cups water
7 black tea bags
1-1/2 cups sugar
Juice from 2 lemons
Juice from 2 oranges
1 cup high proof golden rum
Lots of fresh basil leaves left intact
Bring half of the water to boil and add your teabags. Steep them for about 5 minutes, and remove them. Add the sugar and stir the tea until it’s dissolved. Transfer the tea to a pitcher and stir in your lemon and orange juice and the rum. Add some fresh basil leaves and chill in the fridge until ready to serve. Serve in a tall glass over ice with fresh orange and lemon wedges with fresh basil leaves.
Raspberry Mint Lemonade Cocktail
2 ounces triple sec
2 ounces Limoncello
1 handful raspberries
2 ounces mint leaves
Dash of grenadine for color
Juice of 2 lemons
Add raspberries and mint to the bottom of the glass and sprinkle with raw sugar. Muddle these ingredients until it has the appearance of jam. Add the triple sec, Limoncello, and lemon juice to your glass. Add a dash of grenadine for color, and then add the ice and top it off with club soda. Stir and serve with a sprig of fresh mint on top.
Reference: Cheers to spring