With shelter-in-place orders and social distancing measures in place, we may be feeling a little cooped up and in need of something to brighten our monotonous days. Luckily, spring has finally arrived, and with it comes a whole list of fun cocktails to enjoy while sitting around in our pajamas binge-watching television. With spring comes flowers, fresh fruits and berries, and these recipes have them all. Let's embrace our new-found isolation with quarantini cocktails that are sure to become favorites.
Nothing says spring like the scent of fresh lemons along Italy's Amalfi Coast. This citrus sparkler is the perfect combination of refreshingly cool and pleasantly sweet. With only 3 ingredients, it's easy to pull this drink together with a quick and inexpensive trip to the grocery store. Simply pour 1 shot of your favorite limoncello into a short glass. Add 2 shots of lemon soda (Sanpellegrino is often used and can be found in the aisle with the mixers) and 3.3 fl. oz. of Prosecco. Toss in a few ice cubes and bravo! It's that simple. If you want to get fancy, add some fresh lemon slices or a little mint for garnish.
This blushing purple punch will bring the beauty of springtime flowers into your home. The lavender gin punch is a twist on a gin and tonic. Mix 2 tablespoons of dried lavender with 1 1/2 cups of your favorite gin. Allow this to soak for several hours to further blend the floral scent and flavor in with the gin's natural pine. The longer it sits, the stronger it will be. Next, immerse 2 tablespoons of dried butterfly pea flowers into 5 ounces of lime juice for 30 minutes. When everything is steeped to perfection, add to 32 ounces of tonic water. Pour over ice.
All that basil growing in your garden is not just for pasta anymore. Infuse it with springtime's best berry and you can create the perfect shelter-in-place cocktail. Toss two strawberries (cut into quarters), two basil leaves, 1 tablespoon of simple syrup, and ice into a cocktail shaker and muddle together. Once thoroughly mixed, add 1/2 cup of strawberry vodka, 1 1/2 tablespoons of St. Germain liqueur, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Shake well. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a strawberry.loriex333
Staying healthy is on everyone's mind, so why not boost the immune system with a little extra vitamin C? The blood orange vodka cocktail does just that and is a delicious distraction from social distancing. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Pour in 4 ounces of any brand vodka, 1 ounce of Cointreau orange liqueur, and the juice squeezed from one blood orange. Mix thoroughly and pour over ice into a chilled glass. For an added treat, sugar the rim of the glass before pouring.
Those soft pink petals are falling from the cherry blossom trees, a sure sign that spring has arrived. This sweet floral gin cocktail is the perfect quarantini to help you embrace the season from behind your closed door. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and add 2 ounces of gin, 1/2 ounce of dry vermouth, 1/2 ounce of cherry liqueur, 1/2 ounce of cherry preserves, 1/4 ounce of lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of simple syrup. Muddle together and pour into a martini glass.
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A simple twist on this traditional cocktail can make staying indoors seem like a vacation. With blackberries ready to ripen, it's the perfect time to try this easy recipe. Take an ice-filled cocktail shaker and add 1 ounce Jameson Irish Whiskey, 2 ounces of simple syrup, and 3 fresh blackberries (frozen will do, if local berries are still not in season). Shake well and strain into a short tumbler glass. Top with 2-3 blackberries, sip, and enjoy!
Who says you can't have a party while locked up indoors? Infuse the sweet with the spicy in this delicious margarita to liven up any night in front of the TV. Cut two fresh jalapeños into slices and dice up 1/4 cup of fresh mango. Muddle both in a cocktail shaker until thoroughly blended. Pour in the juice from one fresh lime, 2 ounces of a tequila reposado, 1 ounce of Cointreau orange liqueur, 2 ounces of mango juice, add ice, and shake well. Salt the rim of a margarita glass and strain the cocktail while pouring. Top with a couple of slices of jalapeño for that extra kick.
Sunny spring days are shining through the window, and we are just itching to go outside. Take this sweet southern peach tea out to the front porch while you relax over a good book. Puree 1/2 cup of frozen peaches in a blender (or 1/2 of a fresh peach, if available). Slice another 1/2 cup of peaches in fours. Fill a tall, chilled glass with ice and add the peach quarters. Combine 1 ounce Bacardi Rum, 1/2 ounce Peach Schnapps, 1 ounce Citron Vodka, 1/2 cup of lemonade, and peach puree into a cocktail shaker and mix thoroughly. Pour into the glass and top off with 1 cup of sweet tea. Garnish with peaches or a sprig of mint.
If your home starts to feel a little too cramped, you can throw some tiki torches up in the back yard and sip on this fruity cocktail. Chase away the isolation blues with dreams of carefree days on a tropical sand beach with this simple recipe. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Pour in 1/2 ounce of your preferred rum, 1 ounce of coconut rum, 1 ounce of banana liqueur, 2 ounces of pineapple juice, and 2 ounces of cranberry juice. Shake until well-combined. Pour into a chilled glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh tropical fruits.
As spring carries on and we start to think about summer, this Cuban raspberry mojito is the perfect cocktail to remind us of the fresh air and backyard BBQs soon to come. In a cocktail shaker, add 1/2 cup of fresh raspberries (you can use frozen if it's easier) and 8-10 fresh mint leaves. Muddle until combined. Add the ice, then pour in 2 tablespoons of lime juice, 2 ounces of white rum, and 1 tablespoon of agave. Stir with a spoon, then top with 4 ounces of club soda.
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