By Rosie Hatch

Published on April 6, 2017

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Now that we have longer light-filled evenings and warmer weather is on the horizon, it’s time to soak up the sun with refreshing cocktails that embody everything we love about Spring: fresh fruit, pretty blooms, and vibrant colors. Here, we rounded up 10 blissful drink recipes, perfect for al fresco dining this season. These look so good, you might even want to try one tonight.

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The Spring Buzz

With new bees buzzing around fresh Spring blooms, it’s only fair to include them as inspiration for a cocktail. Sarah from Broma Bakery makes this sweet delight with cooled sleepy tea, St. Germain, whiskey, honey, and lemon juice. She says they are, “perfect for those warmer nights when you want something refreshing and calming.” We can drink to that!

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Strawberry Chamomile Paloma

The combination of tequila, honey, and grapefruit juice is nothing short of divine in this beverage. Add the cut strawberries, and you have a gorgeous deep red-hued drink that is pure and refreshing. Omit the tequila, and you can even enjoy it virgin-style.

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Gold Rush

With the days staying lighter later, you will have more time to enjoy pre-dinner drinks with guests outside. That means choosing a concoction that fits the vibes of warmer weather, like this Gold Rush signature cocktail. Pineapple sherry, apricot liqueur, and lime juice are just some of the fresh flavors that will immediately put you in the spring mood.

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Raspberry and Rose Cocktail

Simple and fresh, this raspberry and rose cocktail is everything you want for a picture-perfect garden party. Make it with vodka, Chambord, and rose water, and top with tiny fresh edible flowers for garnish.

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Rhubarb, Fennel, and Vermouth

Rhubarb is in season, which means it’s time to incorporate it into your next pick-me-up. The best part? It’s chock-full of vitamins so you can sip on this blush-colored drink guilt-free.  

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Kiwi Margaritas

Nothing screams warmer weather quite like a margarita. Give the classic recipe a twist by adding fresh kiwis to the mix. The sugary rim brings out the sweetness in this exotic fruit for a perfect sip every time.

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Frozen Blood Orange Negroni

One word: frozen. With the cold of winter behind us, you can look forward to cold cocktails instead. This recipe takes gin, Campari, and vermouth and blends them with ice and fresh blood orange juice. Top it with a sprig of thyme, and you will feel like an experienced bartender.

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Kumquat Gin and Tonic

These tiny, slightly sour kumquats make an excellent addition to your next spring drink. This recipe takes your average G&T and gives it a citrus twist. If you don’t have access to kumquats, no problem. Any citrus will work in its place.

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Fresh Grapefruit Greyhound

There’s nothing better than a refreshing pink drink. Perfect for your next Spring brunch, this greyhound includes vodka, fresh grapefruit, and club soda. So easy, and so delicious.

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Honeydew Basil Spritzer

If you love sauvignon blanc and want to take your wine to the next level, it’s time to try this honeydew spritzer. The combination of the soothing fruit and crisp basil takes the edge off the alcohol and turns it into an invigorating cocktail.