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Deliciously Fresh and Fruity Spring Cocktails and Mocktail Recipes

Spring is finally here and we’re ready to celebrate! After a winter as long, harsh, and cold as this year was where we live, we’re completely ready for a drink, if you know what we mean. Thanks to the way people share their knowledge and recommendations on the Internet, we can actually take that literally and make ourselves real spring themed cocktails so we can celebrate with friends on a warm evening! Whether you’d prefer to “taste spring” by including essences of fresh fruits or notes of edibles flowers, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many different wonderful spring flavoured cocktails (and mocktails, because inclusivity is key) are really out there!

Just in case you’re as enamoured with the idea of making fresh spring drinks as we are, here are 15 of the best tasting and most unique cocktail and mocktail recipes we’ve come across (and even tried out) so far.

1. Grapefruit thyme mimosa

Grapefruit thyme martini

Are you actually usually the kind of person who usually avoids fancy cocktails because you find them too sweet, especially if they’re heavy on the fruit flavours? Well, when you finally do decide to venture into cocktail land, we’d suggest trying one that has a contrasting flavour to cut that sweetness you’re wary of, just like this grapefruit thyme mimosa recipe from Brit & Co. ! This one’s made using:

  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2oz vodka
  • Fresh grapefruit and thyme for garnish

2. Basil Tom Collins

Basil tom collins

Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about fruit infused cocktails that are also made with herbs because that just happens to be your favourite kind? Then here’s another idea to hang onto in your recipe book! Check out how Nardio made a delicious basil Tom Collins using:

  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • 3 wedges of lemon
  • 0.5 oz of simple syrup
  • Club soda

 

3. Fresh minut julep

Cocktail collage

Perhaps you’re still a little bit new to the world of homemade cocktails and you’re still looking for clear cut, easy-to-follow tutorials for making some of the usual fresh spring classics? In that case, we think you’ll appreciate this mint julep recipe featured on Punch Bowl! Make it using:

  • 4 mint sprigs, rough chopped
  • 2 ½ oz bourdon whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon of simple syrup
  • 1 oz of water

 

4. Bruja smash

Bruja smash

If you’re going to go to the trouble if making yourself a fruity, delicious cocktail from scratch, would you prefer that it be one with a whole lot of personality when it comes to flavour? Then we think you’ll really enjoy this bruja smash idea from Punch Drink! It’s made with:

  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce Strega
  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 6-9 mint leaves
  • 4-6 raspberries
  • simple syrup to taste
  • Garnish: Mint sprig

5. Peach martini raspberry

Peach martini raspberry

Are you actually the kind of fruit lover who loves to make combinations of different of flavours together because you just want to make sure you get as much scrumptious fresh taste as possible? In that case, we absolutely think you should give this raspberry peach martini featured on Food, Faith, Fitness a try this spring! Make it with:

  • Organic cane sugar for rimming (optional)
  • 2 ounces raspberry vodka (plus additional for rimming if you like)
  • 2 small fresh peaches (about 1 1/4 cups, diced)
  • 2 ounces peach Schnapps
  • 4 ounces lemon-lime flavoured sparkling seltzer water
  • Frozen raspberries (for garnish)

6. Elderflower bourbon cocktail

Elderflower bourbno cocktail

Have you been holding out on making a decision and scrolling further because you feel really intent on trying your first edible floral cocktail, especially since it’s spring now? Then you simply must take a look at how Coupons made this fantastic but subtle elderflower bourbon cocktail! Go to the store and grab yourself:

  • 5 oz. Bourbon (we used Knob Creek here)
  • 1 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters

7. Capa gin and tonic

Capa gin and tonic

If you’re going to make yourself something from scratch, would you really prefer that it be a flavour combination you’ve never tried before, so you get a completely unique new experience? In that case, we absolutely think you should take a look at the way Liquor.com combined:

  • Caorunn gin
  • Fever Tree tonic
  • apple, juniper, marigold and raspberry, plus Florida Key lime

8. Vineyard margarita

Vineyard margarita

We’ll take a margarita in just about any iteration or flavour, but we definitely get a real kick out of trying combinations of things we’ve never thought of before. That’s why this vineyard inspired recipe from Oregon Live that combines Pinot Noir, rosemary, and agave nectar caught our eye so hard! Make your own using:

  • 1.5 oz. Milagro Reposado
  • 3/4 oz. Monin agave nectar
  • 1/4 oz. Combier orange liqueur
  • 1 oz. Territorial Pinot Noir
  • Garnish with sprig of Rosemary

9. Lavender bee’s knees

Lavender bee's knees

The more you look into floral and spring flavoured cocktails, the more you’ll find that they’re made with flavoured syrups so that you have full control over how much flavour goes in and how strong that floral taste is in the finished product. Our favourite recipes, however, are always the ones that teach you how to make the homemade syrup yourself, on top of guiding you through the cocktail, so that you really control the special notes in each sip. Check out Honestly Yum to learn how a lavender “bees knees” can be made completely from scratch, right down to the syrup, using:

  • 2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz lavender honey syrup
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lavender

Lavender Honey Syrup

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/8 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon lavender

10. Strawberry chamomile paloma

Strawberry chamomile paloma

Perhaps your ideal spring cocktail is on that combines both fruit and floral flavours in one place, rather than making you choose between one or the other? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll really get a kick out of how cheerfully fresh this strawberry chamomile paloma recipe outlined on Half Baked Harvest tastes! As an added bonus, this is another recipe that teaches you how to make both the cocktail and your own syrup. Do it using:

Chamomile honey syrup

  • 3/4 water
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1-2 chamomile tea bags

Cocktail

  • 3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice (about half of 1 grapefruit
  • 2-4 tablespoons chamomile honey syrup depending on your taste
  • 2 ounces tequila omit to make a virgin version
  • 4 fresh strawberries sliced
  • sparkling water for topping off
  • crushed ice

11. Pineapple and sage gimlet

Pineapple and sage gimlet

Maybe you’re interested in combining fruit flavours with something a little more garden based but it hasn’t been the floral flavours catching your eye throughout our list and you’re way more into the idea of making cocktails with herbs? Then look no further, because we think you’re going to adore the fresh, unique taste of this pineapple and sage gimlet featured on The Spruce. It’s the perfect balance between sweet and savoury you might ever find in a cocktail glass! Make sure to gather:

  • gin
  • simple syrup
  • sage
  • pineapple
  • lime juices

 

12. Gin and lemon curd cocktail

Gin and lemon curd cockail

In your mind, does a cocktail basically take the place of a dessert during a warm spring evening on the patio with your best friends? In that case, we’re absolutely certain you’ll appreciate the way Honestly Yum created a cocktail that’s simultaneously fresh for spring and sweet for after dinner! Make the cocktail, the homemade chamomile syrup, and the lemon curd topping using:

For the cocktail

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz chamomile syrup
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz elderflower liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon lemon curd
  • 1 teaspoon greek yogurt
  • 1 egg white
  • fresh chamomile flowers for garnish

For the chamomile syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons dried chamomile

For the lemon curd

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons butter (cut into small cubes)

13. Coconut lavender lemonade

Coconut lavender lemonade

Did we nearly catch and hold your attention when we started talking about deliciously fragrant lavender cocktails, but you’ve actually made those before and you can’t help but feel like you should be trying something new so you’re looking for a unique twist on the classic you love? In that case, we think maybe this extra tasty lavender coconut lemonade might be the perfect spring drink for you! Confectionalism shows you how to make the basic drink without alcohol, but you’ll have no trouble adding a kick to it yourself. Make it happen using:

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice, from about 9 lemons
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 8 cups coconut water
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 recipe Lavender Simple Syrup

Syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons dried lavender
  • a few drops of violet food coloring (optional)

14. Virgin Caipirinha

Virgin caiprinha

Are you a cocktail enthusiast who always wants to play good host by making sure all your guests are included in the menu, whether they drink alcohol or not? Then finding virgin recipes for fun spring flavoured drinks is the best way to go, that way you can make both! For example, The Fervent Shaker guides you through the process of making a virgin Caipirinha by mixing:

  • 1 lime (diced)
  • 1 lemon (diced)
  • 1 orange (diced)
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • Top up ginger ale.

15. Hocus Pocus fizz

Hocuz pocus fizz

This particular cocktail (which is actually outlined as a mocktail) might have a name that sounds a little bit like Halloween, but we actually think its’ deliciously fruity ingredients list makes it way more fun to make and drink in the spring! Kara’s Party Ideas guides you through the process of making your very own batch at home using:

  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (or 1/2 cup rum)
  • 1/4 teaspoon imitation coconut extract
  • 3 drops red food colouring
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring
  • 1 bottle sparkling white grape juice (or sparkling white wine)
  • Cranberries (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Do you have another favourite spring flavoured cocktail or mocktail that you love to enjoy around this time of year but that you don’t see on our list? Tell us all about how it’s made or link us to recipes in the comments section!