Spring Martini Ideas

15 Spring Martini Ideas

Spring is here, and it’s time to put away all the pumpkin spice, peppermint, and other popular cocktail flavors of the winter season. It’s time to bring something fresh, exciting, and springlike to your cocktail hour. Here are 15 of our favorite spring martinis that we think you’ll love as much as we do. 

Spring Martini Ideas

1. Lilac Lemondrop Martini

by The Spruce Eats

Lilac Lemondrop Martini

This recipe is a variation of the lemon drop martini, which is also one of our favorite springtime cocktails. What makes this one different is the addition of lightly floral lilac simple syrup. Fresh lemon juice provides the bright citrus flavors that make this such a perfect spring cocktail. 

This recipe by The Spruce Eats includes a link to how to make the lilac syrup. It’s super simple, but you will need some fresh lilac flowers – and yes, they are edible! Serves these martinis on a spring afternoon with a bouquet of fragrant lilacs in the center of the table. 

2. Cottontail Martini

by Inspired by Charm

Cottontail Martini

With spring comes the appearance of Peter Cottontail, and we love to serve these fun, Cottontail Martinis in honor of the season. This martini makes a fun presentation in a cocktail glass. It’s creamy and almost fluffy looking, just like a bunny! 

Whipped cream vodka is mixed with coconut rum, coconut cream, and a little pineapple juice. Shredded coconut and a nice big, fluffy marshmallow make for a delicious, fun garnish. 

3. Lemonberry Martini

by A Beautiful Mess

Lemonberry Martini

It’s hard to argue that there’s a more quintessential springtime cocktail than one that combines bright citrus with the flavors of tart berries. What makes this martini stand out even more, is the very subtle floral flavor that can be credited to the addition of elderflower liqueur. 

To make this, you’ll also need citrus vodka, cranberry juice, and lemon juice to add that tart lemon flavor. Combine the ingredients with some ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Serve garnished with a twist of lemon. 

4. Lotus Blossom Martini

by The Spruce Eats 

Lotus Blossom Martini

The Spruce Eats offers a Lotus Blossom Martini, which is a refreshing spring cocktail. It all starts by muddling together lychees and lime in the bottom of a martini shaker or mixing glass. With those flavors, we’re already off to a great start. 

Pear vodka and the unexpected addition of sake round out this cocktail that is both delicate and strong at the same time. Place a nice slice of pear in each glass before serving.

5. Flower Power Martini

by Difford’s Guide

Flower Power Martini

If you’re looking for a spring cocktail with a noticeable floral flavor, the Flower Power Martini is it! A combination of elderflower and creme de Violette offers a floral fragrance and taste as you sip on this springtime deliciousness. 

Dry gin and Nolly Prat Extra Dry Vermouth serve as the base. Instead of shaking this martini, you want to add the ingredients to a mixing glass with ice, stir gently, and then strain into your glass. Sprinkle a little edible flower into the glass or add a twist of orange slice. 

6. Sparkling Strawberry Martini

by Hunger Thirst Play

Sparkling Strawberry Martini

Spring cocktails should be refreshing and fun, which is why we really enjoy the combination of bubbles and fresh strawberries in this Sparkling Strawberry Martini. Fresh, sliced strawberries are muddled to release their juices and flavors. Then they’re combined with simple syrup, vodka, and sparkling wine. 

This one looks (and tastes!) just as wonderful from a champagne flute as it does from a martini glass. If you want a smoother drink that doesn’t have as much strawberry pulp, simply double-strain the cocktail before serving. Serve this one on a warm, breezy spring afternoon with a bowl full of fresh strawberries. 

7. Pink Grapefruit Martini

by Mamma Lew

Pink Grapefruit Martini

Grapefruit is such a versatile flavor. It can be sweetened to the point that it almost tastes like candy or left more in its natural state, where its tartness and slight bitterness help to balance an entire range of flavors. It’s a great companion flavor for so many things. The addition of fresh grapefruit juice makes this Pink Grapefruit Martini one of the best spring cocktails, in our opinion. 

Fresh lime juice and grapefruit juice combine with vodka and orange liqueur. We actually tried this martini with gin, and it’s just as fabulous. This is a great cocktail to serve for a spring bash or evening on the patio with friends. Don’t forget to stick a grapefruit slice on the rim or even directly into the glass. 

8. Elderflower Martini

by Garnish with Lemon

Elderflower Martini

What’s not to love about a martini that is completely refreshing with the tastes of spring? Did we mention that this one also packs a powerful punch? Elderflower liqueur takes center stage in this spring drink, but the combination of vodka and gin makes it one that you don’t want to take lightly! 

To make this martini the best it can be, you want to make a homemade sweet and sour mix. Sure, you can use store-bought, and there are actually some really good mixes out there, but there’s just something that’s unmistakably delicious about the homemade version included with this recipe that includes fresh lime juice and lemon juice. 

Make this cocktail and honor all the wonderful spring flavors in just one glass. 

9. Muddled Basil Martini

by Food

Muddled Basil Martini

We think celebrating the first warm weather days of spring is the perfect excuse to whip up a batch of spring cocktails, like this Muddled Basil Martini. The fresh basil and a touch of fresh mint leaves are a true pleasure for the taste buds. 

Fresh basil leaves are muddled and combined with simple syrup, lime juice, and crushed ice. The gin is added, and it’s all shaken until it becomes nice and frosty. This drink is best served in a nicely chilled martini or coupe glass. Garnish with a slice or twist of lime and a few mint leaves. 

10. Lavender Martini

by The Spruce Eats

Lavender Martini

The scent of a lavender field in full bloom immediately brings to mind the late, trailing days of spring before the warm weather of the dog days of summer pay a visit. This Lavender Martini is simple to make and perfect for enjoying on a warm day in spring. 

The magic starts with simple lavender syrup combined with gin, dry vermouth, and orange bitters. A good-quality botanical gin works best in the recipe, but if gin isn’t your thing, you could substitute it with a smooth vodka, such as Belvedere Vodka. 

A fresh lavender sprig makes the perfect garnish for this favorite cocktail of the spring season. 

11. Lemon & Basil Martini

by Food & Wine

Lemon & Basil Martini

There’s no better way to welcome the new season than an exciting new cocktail recipe. After a sip of this, you’ll definitely add this to your list of favorite spring cocktail recipes. Fresh basil leaf is muddled with simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. The next step is to add fresh ice (we think crushed ice works best), gin, white vermouth, and limoncello before shaking and straining it into a glass. 

This is a very refreshing drink, but we took a couple of liberties with the recipe and came up with a simple variation you might want to try. We also added fresh lemon juice and mint, which really brought out the herbal flavors and made the lemon flavors taste even fresher. We haven’t tried it yet, but we think we’ll try this with blood orange juice next time to see how it tastes! 

Garnish with a slice of lemon, basil, or mint leaves. 

12. Cucumber Martini

by Fox Valley Foodie

Cucumber Martini

If you’re on the quest for spring cocktails that aren’t overly sweet, we suggest this perfectly balanced Cucumber Martini. This drink brings out the flavors of seasonal produce with just a touch of sweetness to round off the edges. 

Cucumber and basil are muddled with equal parts of simple syrup and lime juice. Then add ice, along with vodka, to your cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into your favorite martini or rocks glass. 

If you want this cocktail to taste a little lighter, you can top it off with a splash or two of club soda. A garnish of fresh mint or a twist of lime is the perfect finishing touch to this tasty drink. 

13. Limoncello Martini

by Foodology Geek Kitchen

Limoncello Martini

Lemon is a popular flavor among spring cocktails, but this recipe puts the pucker into your spring cocktail hour. This recipe is similar to a Lemon Drop cocktail, except it offers the unique twist of using both fresh lemon and limoncello liqueur. Vodka, orange liqueur, and some lemon sugar to garnish your cocktail glass complete the list of ingredients you’ll need for these tart cocktails. 

We think a sprig of mint also makes a nice garnish, and if you want a lighter, less tart cocktail, try serving this in a collins glass with a generous splash of soda water to top it off. 

14. Spring Onion Martini

by Tasting Table

Spring Onion Martini

Although there’s a tiny bit of prep work involved, we absolutely love the simplicity of this three-ingredient cocktail recipe. All you need is spring onions, vodka, and dry vermouth. Start by infusing the vodka with spring onions. You want to do this at least twelve hours before you plan on making and serving this drink. 

To prepare, just do as you would with a classic martini. Add the vodka and vermouth to a cocktail shaker with a little ice and either shake or stir. A chilled glass makes these cocktails taste even better. A tray of these cocktails is absolutely perfect when you’re entertaining but want to stay away from any drink that is too sweet. 

15. The Verdant Garden Martini

by Feasting at Home

The Verdant Garden Martini

The name says it all. The green hue of this martini is the epitome of spring cocktail recipes. This one is admittedly a bit more complex to make, but it’s so amazingly good. 

The recipe calls for Turkish cucumbers, handfuls of fresh herbs like parsley, mint, dill, and celery leaves, Chartreuse, gin, celery bitters, lime, and fennel-infused simple syrup. Invite your friends to a garden party and serve this martini to impress. 

Entertaining Tip* – Martini glasses are notorious for easy spillage. If you’re serving guests and want to minimize accidental spills, serve this drink in a highball glass or rocks glass instead. 

Say Cheers to Spring! 

Spring flavors make for wonderful cocktails, and we can’t wait to put our lips to these martinis and see what other seasonal creations we can find. What are your favorite cocktails of this season? We’d love to hear, and we invite you to check back with Cocktails Cafe frequently for more cocktail ideas. 

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