With the weather (finally) warming up, it’s time to start pairing our spring wardrobes with lighter cocktails that match our free spirited moods. No you don’t need to go walk wistfully around a garden to enjoy spring, but you can throw down a crafted cocktail at happy hour that signals your over the cold. But if you’re a resident of LA, like me, and get nightmarish thoughts of traffic on the 405 when someone mentions “happy hour” to you, maybe it’s time to just accept adulting and make some awesome cocktails at home.
Don Draper would most likely give you a fist bump.
With the help of a slew of spirits brands, including Hendrick’s Gin, Milagro Tequila, Flor de Caña, Tullamore DEW and Glenfiddich, there are ways to acheive quick seasonal cocktails for upcoming parties, or for just you, yourself and Netflix. No one’s judging!
• 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)
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. By Tim Herlihy of Tullamore D.E.W.
The Glenfiddich 12 Highball
• 2 parts Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
• 4 parts sparkling water or club soda
• Pear slices, to garnishe
Pour Glenfiddich 12 Year over ice, then add the sparkling water or club soda. Garnish with a fan of pear slice. By Struan Grant Ralph, Glenfiddich Global Ambassador.
Daiquiri al Marrasquino
• 1.5 parts Flor de Caña 7)
• ¾ part Fresh Lime Juice
• ½ part Honey Syrup (1.5 : 1 Sugar : Water)
• ¼ part Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
Shake vigorously and strain into Coupe and then garnish with an orange peel. By Ashela Richardson, Flor de Caña Ambassador.
• 2 parts Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve 14 Year Old
• 1 part fresh grapefruit juice
• ½ part honey syrup
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. By Glenfiddich Ambassador, Allan Roth.
The Gillie Fix
• 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
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. By Glenfiddich Ambassador, Allan Roth.
The Fresh Perspective
• 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
• Garnish: Fresh mini veggies & bay leaf hydrosol
Shake and double strain in a Hurricane glass. By Mattias Horseman, Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador.
The Bees Knees
• 3 parts Hendrick’s Gin
• 1 part Lemon Juice
• 1 part Honey
Shake and fine strain. Garnish with a thin, rolled-up cucumber slice and a lemon twist. By Erik Andersson, Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador.
• 1.5 parts Milagro Silver
• 3 parts Guava Nectar (pink)
• ½ part Ginger Simple Syrup
• ¾ part Lime Juice
• Lime Wheels, maybe white edible flowers to resemble guava flowers
Top with Club Soda (Top Chico) or Prosecco. By EJaime Salas, Milagro Ambassador.