Spring Party Cocktails

allyson wiley, spring party cocktails, pimm's cup, the old fashioned

Photo: Courtesy of Allyson Wiley Photography

This is the first full week of real spring that we’ve {Portland} had. By real spring, I mean the sun is shining, the temperature hit 70s and I’m wearing Sperrys. Which is also what you need to get the Spring Party Cocktail Season started. Or, you at least need the sun and warm weather. Boat shoes are a plus. This is a season of festive drinks to celebrate longer days, warmer weather and great friends. After seeing this photo from Allyson Wiley {an amazing wedding photographer}, I was instantly in the mood to start planning a spring party, soiree…a reason to serve up these cocktails.

Pimm’s Royal Cup

This is considered an English summer cocktail, but why not get a head start on serving it? Pimm’s is gin based, with a dark-tea color. Because of the spice and fruity taste, it’s usually mixed with lemonade, ginger ale or champagne and fresh, chopped fruit.

Pimm's Royal Cup
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
  • Mix of sliced fruit (strawberries, cucumbers, lemons, limes)
  • 2 oz Pimm's No. 1
  • 4 oz Champagne
  • Mint leaf
  1. Place a mix of sliced strawberries, oranges and cucumber in the bottom of the glass.
  2. Top with 2 oz Pimm's No. 1
  3. Followed by 4 oz Champagne or white sparkling wine. You can substitute the bubbly with lemon-lime soda or ginger ale.
  4. Stir, fill with ice and top with a mint leaf.

The Old Fashioned

This cocktail is the original ‘hair of the dog’, made with water, sugar and bitters (good old 1800). Throw in some whisky and it’s now a manly drink and what I know as Don Draper’s drink.

  • 2 oz. bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 1/4 oz. simple syrup or one sugar cube
  • Orange slice
  • Ginger, optional
  • Lemon slice, optional
  • Ice cubes

In a glass, muddle the syrup / sugar, bitters and orange, ginger and lemon slices. Add the whiskey and stir. Add ice cubes and stir again. Garnish with an orange slice.

Mint Julep

This southern cocktail can be bourbon or gin based. Who knew? The bourbon version is more popular, which may have something to do with the Kentucky Derby.

  • 2 oz bourbon whisky
  • 2 sugar cubes or 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 4 mint sprigs

In a glass, muddle mint leaves, sugar and water. Fill the glass with ice and add bourbon. Garnish with mint.

2 Responses to Spring Party Cocktails

  1. Sarah says:

    Love these drink ideas. I’ve been playing around with cucumber and ginger but I bet it would pair better with champagne then the vodka I’ve been using haha

    xx Sarah

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