Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Spring Cocktails

Signature cocktails are a great way to add another personal touch to your special day, as well as an easy way to stay on budget without the cost of a full bar! Here are some refreshing spring cocktail recipes. ENJOY! :)

Mango Mojito

  • 3 lime wedges
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 1/4 oz. Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 oz. Simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz. 10 Cane Rum
  • 1 oz. Mango Nectar

Directions: Muddle the limes, mint, and mango nectar in a mixing glass. Add Rum and ice and shake briefly. Pour into a highball glass. Top off with splash of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

Garnish: long orange twist

Watermelon Champagne Cocktail

  • 3 watermelon chunks
  • 1/4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. simple syrup (equal parts sugar:water)
  • 1/4 oz. Grand Marnier
  • 1 drop orange flower water
  • 3 oz. Veuve Clicquot Champagne

Directions: Muddle the watermelon in the lemon, simple, Grand Marnier, and flower water in a mixing glass. Add ice and Champagne and stir briefly. Strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top off with extra splash of Veuve.

Garnish: long lime twist

Pimm’s Cup

  • 2 oranges, cut into half-moons
  • 2 lemons, cut into half-moons
  • 1 Persian cucumber (see Notes) or one 3-in.-long piece English cucumber, washed and sliced
  • 2 cups Pimm's No. 1 (see Notes)
  • 4 cups Sprite or other lemon-lime soda
  • 6 to 8 large sprigs mint, crushed gently, plus a few loose leaves

Fill 2 pitchers 1/4 full with ice. To each, add a layer of orange slices, a few lemon slices, and a layer of cucumber slices. Repeat the layering. Pour in the Pimm's and Sprite, dividing between pitchers, and mix with a long-handled spoon. Poke mint sprigs and leaves down into drink. Divide drink among 8 tall glasses, with a few slices of fruit and cucumber in each glass, along with some mint leaves.

The Wandering Cloud Highball

  • 1 1/2 oz. 10 Cane Rum
  • 1/2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz. organic ginger tea syrup
  • 2 oz. all-natural tonic water

Directions: Shake the first three ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and strain into an ice-filled brandy snifter. Top off with the tonic water.

Garnish Fresh mint and home-grown raspberries.

recipes courtesy of Wedding Cocktail Design

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