Despite the lingering cold and snow, we must keep our eyes on the prize and remember that Spring has officially started this week – a season that we East Coasters crave starting around January 1. To celebrate long awaited warmth and greenery, check out some spring-inspired cocktails curated by Hendrick’s Gin, Milagro Tequila, Flor de Caña Rum, Glenfiddich, and Tullamore D.E.W. of the William Grant & Sons premium spirits portfolio.
The Fresh Perspective by Mattias Horseman, Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador
Time to start prepping for that summer bod!
2 parts Hendrick’s Gin
1 ½ parts Cucumber, Kale, Mint & Apple Juice
¾ parts Lemon Juice
1 part Aloe Juice
Rinse of Malic Acid
Method: Shake & Double Strain
Garnish: Fresh mini veggies & bay leaf hydrosol
The Bees Knees by Erik Andersson, Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador
Move over icicles, it is time to start pollinating!
3 parts Hendrick’s Gin
1 part Lemon Juice
1 part Honey
Method: Shake and fine strain. Garnish with a thin, rolled-up cucumber slice and a lemon twist.
Celebracion Punch (Punch Serve) by Jaime Salas, Milagro Ambassador
For the long anticipated rooftop soiree…
1.5 parts Milagro Silver
3 parts Guava Nectar (pink)
½ part Ginger Simple Syrup
¾ part Lime Juice
Method: Top with Club Soda (Top Chico) or Prosecco
Garnish: Lime Wheels, maybe white edible flowers to resemble guava flowers
“When the weather gets warmer, I want to drink outside which means I’m going to be making something refreshing. So what makes a refreshing cocktail? Fruit, the right balance between sweetness and tartness, and if at all possible, bubbles. Glenfiddich makes a great base for these flavors with its pear notes and its mellow sweetness.” – Glenfiddich Ambassador Allan Roth
Brown Derby by Glenfiddich Ambassador, Allan Roth
“A take on the American classic Brown Derby where we replace the bourbon with Glenfiddich 14 Year, upping the complexity of this crisp, honey-sweetened cocktail” – Allan Roth
2 parts Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve 14 Year Old
1 part fresh grapefruit juice
½ part honey syrup
Grapefruit twist, to garnish
Method: Shake Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve, grapefruit juice and honey syrup over ice. Strain into a coupe. Express a grapefruit twist over the cocktail and drop in.
The Gillie Fix by Glenfiddich Ambassador, Allan Roth
“If you’ve got some time and a nice front porch to sip on, I like the Gillie Fix. This cocktail really ups the fruit component with peach brandy, aged Flor de Caña and lemon juice.” – Allan Roth
1 part Glenfiddich 14 Year Old
¾ part lemon juice
¾ part simple syrup
½ part peach brandy
¼ part Flor de Caña 7 year
Garnish: lemon wheel to garnish
Method: Shake all ingredients except the lemon wheel over ice. Strain into a double rocks glass. Fill with crushed ice. Garnish by placing the lemon wheel between the edge of the glass and the ice.
The Glenfiddich 12 Highball by Struan Grant Ralph, Glenfiddich Global Ambassador
“Most often, I keep it classic with the Glenfiddich Highball which has two ingredients: Glenfiddich 12 Year and sparkling water. Classic, slightly sweet, fruit forward and infinitely refreshing!” – Allan Roth
2 parts Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
4 parts sparkling water or club soda
Pear slices, to garnish
Method: Pour Glenfiddich 12 Year over ice, then add the sparkling water or club soda. Garnish with a fan of pear slice.
FLOR DE CAÑA RUM
Daiquiri al Marrasquino by Ashela Richardson, Flor de Caña Ambassador
A spot of citrus and simple syrup…
1.5 parts Flor de Caña 7
¾ part Fresh Lime Juice
½ part Simple Syrup
¼ part Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
Method: Shake vigorously and strain into Coupe
Garnish: Orange Peel
Irish Maiden by Tim Herlihy, Tullamore D.E.W. Tim Herlihy
2.25 in slices Cucumber
2 parts Tullamore DEW Irish Whiskey
½ part St-Germain
¾ part Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ part Simple Syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
Method: In a shaker, muddle the cucumber slices. Add remaining ingredients and fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, and fine-strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cucumber slice.