Cocktail Hour: Spring Inspired Cocktails



Rose Sangria pour

Here are three simple cocktail recipes featuring the flavors and produce of spring.

These may not be the hippest or most complicated cocktails on the block, but they are delicious none the less. While we love to order an old-time inspired throw-back cocktail when we’re out, we don’t stock Aperol, grapefruit bitters or Amaro in our home kitchens. Quick to concoct with ingredients you can easily find for a last-minute soirée.


Grapefruit Margarita

Grapefruit Margaritas
Makes 1 large pitcher

1 quart fresh grapefruit juice
2 cups Simply Limeade
2 cups white tequila
1 cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup Triple Sec
5 limes, quartered into wedges
Finely ground Himalayan pink salt for serving (available at Trader Joe’s)

Mix all liquid ingredients in a large pitcher and chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.  Taste for flavor, adding more tequila if needed.

Rim your glasses by dampening them with a lime wedge then dip in finely ground pink salt. Serve each margarita over ice with a wedge of lime.


Fresh Coconut Cooler

Fresh Coconut Cooler
An old favorite, the best part of this unusual cocktail is that you can eat the fresh coconut flesh as you go.  Also, the coconut water hydrates you as you imbibe, boosting your day-drinking longevity.

Makes 4

4 fresh young coconuts (can be found at Thai markets, Whole Foods or health food stores)
12 ounces rum or vodka
1 lime, quartered into wedges
4 long straws and long spoons or 4 spoon straws

Use a sharp knife to carefully make a square cut in the top peaked part of the coconut. Remove the square and add alcohol to taste, about 1-2 shots per coconut.  Add a few ice cubes and a spoon/straw and enjoy!


Rose Sangria pitcher

Rosé Wine Sangria
Makes 1 large pitcher
Read your bottle of rosé to see what fruit are in the wine and add the same fresh fruit to your sangria.  Our rosé had flavors of raspberry and tangerine so we made sure to add them both. Use frozen berries as ice cubes to keep your glass cold.

1 bottle rose wine, chilled
1-1/2 cups fresh lemonade, chilled
½  cup Triple Sec
2 tangerines, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
2 strawberries, sliced
2 cups sparkling French lemonade (Trader Joe’s has a great one), chilled
1 cup frozen raspberries

Combine the first six ingredients–rosé through strawberries– in a large serving pitcher. Chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving so the fruit has time to macerate.  Add the sparkling French lemonade and frozen raspberries and serve immediately.




9 Comments on Cocktail Hour: Spring Inspired Cocktails

  1. Julie and Lauren
    April 28, 2011 at 8:59 am (12 years ago)

    Gorgeous! Omg. Grapefruit margaritas– sounds right up my alley : )

  2. Mariah
    April 28, 2011 at 9:10 am (12 years ago)

    Thank you, thank you! I am just finalizing my Cinco De Mayo dinner party menu for this Saturday and was stuck on the signature cocktails! Grapefruit Margaritas it is…..

  3. Halie
    April 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm (12 years ago)

    Love me an A&O cocktail!!! (or any cocktail for that matter.)

  4. Alexandra
    April 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm (12 years ago)

    the Margaritas look yummy. I’ll definitely bookmark you recipe and try them for the next party we’ll have!

  5. {{well in l.a.}}
    April 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm (12 years ago)

    I’d like a cocktail right now! Time for a dinner party. Or a party for one! Love the margarita variation as a Cinco idea (too!).

  6. applesandonions
    May 2, 2011 at 8:57 am (12 years ago)

    Thanks Gals! These recipes wont let you down, I’ve tested them all 🙂 xoxo, LEH

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