spring cocktails inspired by mother nature

Small flowers are poking out of the ground, trees are beginning to bud and signs of spring are everywhere we look. Mother Nature’s palette is filled with vivid colors this time of year, inspiring us to find colorful additions for our cocktails.

From Arizona’s Sonoran desert, to the mountains of New York, historic city charms of Montreal and the seacoast splendor of Massachusetts and Florida, top-notch hotel bars share favorite spring-inspired cocktails to cheer the changing of the winter guard.

We have eleven cocktails to share with you throughout the week and our first three hail from all over the Northern Hemisphere. Happy sipping and bottoms up!

cantaloupe martini

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Cantaloupe Martini from jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountainfrom jade bar at Scottsdale’s fan favorite Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain (Ariz.)

ingredients

  • 5 ounces Titos Vodka
  • 2 ounces watermelon liqueur
  • splash orange juice, fresh
  • splash lime juice, fresh

method

Combine all ingredients with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a cantaloupe ball. 

 

east cocktail

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East Cocktail at Renaissance MontrealFrom the Renaissance Montreal, Canada’s hottest new hotel as of Jan. 2016

ingredients

  • 5 ounces Hennessy V.S.
  • 5 ounces sake
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce lemongrass syrup
  • 1 ounce pomegranate juice
  • 5 ounce egg white

method

Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously. Filter the drink with a cocktail strainer into an old fashioned glass, already filled with ice.

painted house margarita

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Painted House Margarita at Henry’s Bar at the Harbor View HotelFrom Henry’s Bar at the 125-year-old Harbor View Hotel (Martha’s Vineyard)

ingredients

  • 2 ounces  Silver Tequila
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice

method

1 ounce homemade sour mix (mix two cups of simple syrup to one cup of lemon juice, one cup of lime juice, and 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice for an ample batch)

Combine tequila, triple sec, sour mix and pomegranate juice over ice in a pint glass and shake back and forth into a metal shaker. Rim the pint glass with salt, pour contents from shaker into the glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.



Thank you for visiting basil & salt! We look forward to bringing you great content for gardening, the garden gourmet, parenting, health and beauty and of course, delicious recipes.

Look for our newest addition, Martinis & Mocktails, debuting on Blog Talk Radio Live!, the week of Feb. 24th, 2020. Stay tuned! Literally.

As always, I am raising a glass to you. Karie



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