The best spring cocktails are a fun and flavorful way to celebrate the end of winter. Instead of using the same cocktails you drink during other seasons, try these spring-focused cocktails that taste as light and bright as the season feels!
These 21 drinks are amazing spring cocktails anyone can make at home.
Spring Coffee Drinks
1. Cold Brew Negroni
Take a timeless negroni to new heights with cold brew and Kahlua! In a lowball glass, combine ice, Kahlua, sherry, Campari, and cold brew. Stir and top with an orange wedge before serving. This recipe can easily be customized by adding more Kahlua to your taste preferences.
2. Long Island Iced Coffee
by Whitney Bond
You’ve heard of a long island iced tea, but how about a long island iced coffee to add a little extra pep to your step this spring? To prepare this, you’ll need Bailey’s, Kahlua, vodka, white rum, tequila, and your favorite cold brew or iced coffee.
Combine the ingredients in a collins glass with ice. Strain in a chilled cocktail glass with fresh ice and enjoy!
3. Cold Brew Bourbon Cocktail
This bourbon cocktail has the perfect balance of sweetness, creaminess, and a kick of strong bourbon flavor. Bourbon, triple sec, cold brew coffee, and maple syrup are first combined in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice.
Once the ingredients are well-shaken and chilled, strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with heavy cream to taste.
Vodka Cocktails For Spring
4. Spring Bubbles
by Grey Goose
The bright flavors of strawberries and lemons create a bubbly vodka cocktail that’s ideal for all your springtime happy hours. Vodka, elderflower liqueur, strawberry puree, and fresh lemon juice are added to a wine glass and topped with ice.
Finally, finish the glass with bubbly prosecco sparkling wine, a mint sprig, and fresh sliced strawberries.
5. Pineapple Vodka Cocktail
Fresh lime juice and pineapple juice are essential ingredients for tasty spring cocktails. As an added bonus, it is quick and easy to prepare! Serve it at your next springtime brunch, or keep the ingredients on hand to prepare a bar-worthy drink for yourself in minutes.
Add vodka, pineapple juice, and fresh lime juice to a rocks glass with crushed ice. Finish it off by slowly pouring grenadine around the edge of the glass. The grenadine will settle, creating a stunning layered appearance similar to an upside-down pineapple cake.
6. Sea Breeze Cocktail
The Sea Breeze cocktail was one of the first mainstream cocktails to feature cranberry juice. This three-ingredient drink comes together in minutes and requires no preparation.
Add vodka, cranberry juice, and fresh grapefruit juice to a highball glass with ice. Stir, then garnish with a lime wheel.
Spring Gin Cocktails
7. Spring Fling Cocktail
If you want to craft a spring cocktail that’s eye-catching and impressive, the spring fling will do the trick every time. You only need three ingredients to make a spring fling. Start by adding ice to a cocktail glass, then pour in pomegranate juice and grapefruit seltzer.
Finally, pour a shot glass of Empress 1908 Gin on top of the seltzer. It’s important to pour slowly to create the desired appearance. Garnish with a lime wheel or serve as-is.
8. Blackberry Cucumber Gin Spritzers
Gin spritzers are one of the most popular gin cocktails, and the flavor variations are endless. This blackberry cucumber gin spritzer recipe captures the flavors of spring beautifully and looks gorgeous in the glass. Before you make the drink, you’ll need to make blackberry simple syrup using blackberries, sugar, and water.
Start crafting the drink by muddling ice, blackberries, and mint leaves in a cocktail glass. Shake gin, blackberry simple syrup, and fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into the prepared glass and top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with sliced cucumbers and a lime wedge.
9. Ruby Red Gimlet
The ruby red gimlet is a spring drink that looks simple and elegant and has flavors to match. Mint leaves are muddled in a cocktail shaker first, then gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice are added on top with ice cubes.
Shake vigorously before straining into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a mint leaf and start sipping!
Spring Bourbon Cocktails
10. A Sip of Spring Elderflower Old Fashioned
Spring cocktail recipes with elderflower liqueur have that light, bright floral flavor that makes a cocktail go down smooth and leaves you wanting a second glass. This recipe transforms a classic old-fashioned into a spring cocktail by adding elderflower liqueur.
Bourbon, angostura bitters, and elderflower liqueur are added to a rocks glass with ice. Stir to combine, then top with an orange twist before serving.
11. Whiskey Smash
A whiskey smash is a tried and true recipe that’s easy to prepare. Begin preparing your whiskey smash by muddling lemon wedges in a cocktail shaker. Add bourbon, ice, simple syrup, and fresh mint leaves.
Shake vigorously before straining into a rocks glass. Your taste buds will dance at the combination of tart lemon with bold bourbon and just enough sweetness from the simple syrup.
12. Bourbon Sour Cocktail with Lavender
This bourbon sour with lavender is a simple, delicious cocktail to sip on a spring afternoon. The recipe requires lavender simple syrup. Luckily, lavender simple syrup is easy to prepare and can be stored for future use.
Shake lavender simple syrup, bourbon, and lemon juice with cubed ice in a cocktail shaker. Double strain into a chilled martini glass and top with a lemon slice.
Tequila Cocktails for Spring
13. Mango Margarita
If you need a new favorite cocktail, this mango margarita is perfect for warm weather and makes great use of seasonal produce. Frozen mango, lime juice, silver tequila, orange liqueur, and ice cubes are blended until smooth.
Rim a margarita glass with salt, then pour the margarita in. Garnish with a lime wedge, and drink!
14. Mezcal Paloma
A Paloma is one of the most popular tequila cocktails around the globe. To prepare this mezcal Paloma, start by rimming a glass with lime, salt, chili powder, and lime zest. Mezcal or reposado tequila, grapefruit juice, and honey syrup are shaken with ice before straining into the prepared glass.
Top with club soda before serving.
15. Spicy Peach Margarita
If you love margaritas but want something with a bit of a kick, this spicy peach margarita is sure to become a spring favorite in your cocktail rotation. Silver tequila, peach schnapps, red pepper jelly, lime juice, and sugar are blended with ice.
Pour into a cocktail glass with ice and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
16. Strawberry Paloma
This recipe puts a unique twist on a classic Paloma with strawberry simple syrup. There’s no mixing glass or cocktail shaker required either! Add ice to a glass, then pour in lime juice, strawberry simple syrup, and tequila.
Top with grapefruit soda and enjoy this refreshing cocktail to bring in the new season. Garnish with a grapefruit slice before serving.
17. Pomegranate Tequila Cosmo
Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw with this exciting take on a classic cosmo. Tequila Blanco, orange liqueur, pomegranate juice, and lime juice are combined in a cocktail shaker with ice until chilled before being strained into a coupe glass.
The bright flavors of pomegranate and lime make this one of the best spring cocktails, with no frills or garnishes required.
Spring Herb Cocktails
18. Strawberry Basil Margarita
If you’re not using basil to upgrade your spring cocktails, you’re missing out. Make this margarita by blending tequila, orange liqueur, fresh strawberries, and honey until smooth.
Muddle fresh chopped basil in a cocktail shaker with ice before adding the blended margarita ingredients. Shake to incorporate the fresh basil flavor, then pour into a margarita glass.
19. Thyme Lemonade
This thyme lemonade recipe is perfect for preparing for a crowd. Mix a large batch in a pitcher, then pour into glasses of your choice. A champagne flute can add a bit of extra class, or you can use your daily drinking glasses for a more casual affair.
To make the lemonade, use sugar, fresh thyme, fresh lemon juice, and gin. Garnish with sprigs of fresh thyme.
20. Raspberry Herb Smash
This recipe allows you to use your preferred fresh herb to achieve the best flavor. Basil, sage, and mint are good options if you don’t have a favorite herb. Muddle fresh raspberries with the herb of your choice in a glass with sugar.
Add lime juice and ice before topping with soda water.
21. Lillet Basil Cocktail
Lillet Blanc, a French wine flavored with fruits, herbs, and botanicals, is the star of this spring cocktail. Pour Lillet Blanc into a cocktail shaker with fresh orange juice and basil. Shake, then strain into a glass with ice.
Top the glass with tonic water, then garnish with a cucumber spear, cinnamon stick, and fresh basil. If you want a simpler garnish, an orange slice with fresh basil will work too.