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The herbaceous and bubbly flavors of this Mint Gin Spritz cocktail are sure to tickle your taste buds.

Bubbly Mint Gin Spritz Cocktail

Gin Spritzers are perfect Spring cocktails!

Simple, sophisticated, and seriously refreshing: This herbaceous and effervescent Mint Gin Spritz cocktail is sure to tickle your taste buds.

With the hints of cucumber, mint, and lemon, you just can't go wrong with this Mint Gin Spritz cocktail.

Imagine a cocktail that embodies the cucumber essence of Hendrick’s Gin, the fresh sweetness of mint, the citrus kick of lemon juice, and the effervescence of Prosecco. Now, let me tell you that cocktail exists! Cue in the Mint Gin Spritz.

It’s simple, sophisticated, and seriously refreshing. That’s the beauty of this Mint Gin Spritz cocktail. In just a few minutes you’ll be sipping on a bright, herbaceous spritz cocktail that is perfect for Spring.

Bubbly cocktails can be fun additions to any cocktail party, and this Mint Gin Spritz has the makings of a real party pleaser. It’s herby, a little bit sweet, and has everything you want in a gin cocktail.

Spritz cocktails are incredibly refreshing and their effervescent nature makes them fun to drink. In this Spritz, we opted to use Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, instead of sparkling water or club soda. Prosecco has a fruit palate that pairs well with the herbal notes of gin.

Mint has such a clean and fresh taste. That’s why it makes a great complementary flavor in cocktails. The hints of cucumber in Hendrick’s Gin mixed with muddled mint gives the Mint Gin Spritz cocktail a cool and clean mouthfeel.

The Mint Gin Spritz is a great addition to our list of Spring cocktails, and would make an excellent whiskey alternative for a Saint Patrick’s day cocktail. Happy Sipping!

This is how you make a Mint Gin Spritz!

Mint Gin Spritz

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Hendrick’s Gin
  • 4 Ounces Prosecco
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 5 to 10 Fresh Sprigs of Mint
  • Lemon Wheel and Mint Sprigs for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Boston Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Mint Gin Spritz: Muddle mint, simple syrup, and lime juice at the bottom of a Boston Shaker with a muddler or with the back of a spoon. This will release the flavor and color of the mint. Next, add gin to the shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain over ice into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a sprig or two of fresh mint. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 178 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 13 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 12 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

This herbaceous and effervescent Mint Gin Spritz cocktail is sure to tickle your taste buds.

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This refreshing Pink Grapefruit Mimosa recipe can be a cocktail or a mocktail

Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosas

Citrus + Sweet + Bubbly = Perfection

Whether you’re taking part in Dry January or want to upgrade your mimosas, you’re going to love this Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa Cocktail/Mocktail combo!

Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa Cocktail/Mocktail recipe

Classic mimosas can get a little drab. I blame cheap champagne and $5 Sunday brunch drink specials. But this ultimate grapefruit mimosa recipe blends a delicious combo of citrus juices and bubbly Prosecco to create one awesome cocktail.

Prosecco is a step above champagne in my opinion. For me, the Prosecco creates the “ultimate” part of this ultimate grapefruit mimosa recipe, but by all means, if you don’t like Prosecco, use a dry champagne instead.

I like to keep things on the lighter side at the beginning of the year, so using freshly squeezed juices is a must in my cocktails! Store bought juice can be loaded with added sugar and calories that I don’t need in my life. And instead of simple syrup, I used honey as a sweetener for this cocktail recipe.

Dry January is dumb! There I said it. By February folks are back to drinking regularly, so it kind of kills any weight loss gains they would have made by cutting out alcohol entirely. Low-calorie cocktails, like this grapefruit mimosa, are a great option for folks watching their waistline.

But for those practicing alcohol abstinence this month, don’t despair! This Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa recipe can be crafted as a cocktail-mocktail blend. Much like our Grapefruit Margarita recipe, this grapefruit mockmosa uses San Pellegrino, an Italian sparkling mineral water, as the bubbly essence of this mocktail.

Mix up this recipe for Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosas!

Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosas

Yields: 3 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Ounces Fresh Squeezed Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • 4 Ounces Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 2 Ounces Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 12 Ounces Chilled Prosecco [or San Pellegrino for Mocktail Version]
  • ¼ Ounce Honey
  • Grapefruit Section for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Glass or Champagne Flute
  • Bar Spoon
  • Small Pitcher

Preparation

Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa Cocktail: Pour grapefruit, orange, lime juice, and honey into a small pitcher. Stir to combine, and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minute to 2 hours. Pour mixture a third of the way into a stemless glass or champagne flute. Top with chilled Prosecco. Garnish with section of grapefruit, enjoy!

Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa Mocktail: Pour grapefruit, orange, lime juice, and honey into a small pitcher. Stir to combine, and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minute to 2 hours. Pour mixture a third of the way into a stemless glass or champagne flute. Top with chilled Sparkling Water [we use San Pellegrino]. Garnish with section of grapefruit, enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 102 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 3 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 11.5

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5 Delicious Champagne Cocktails for New Year's Eve

5 Delicious Champagne Cocktails For New Year’s Eve

Let the Countdown to the New Year Begin!

Ringing in the New Year with a champagne toast is a tradition shared across the globe. But for some of us, straight champagne can be bland and boring. Looking for a way to fancy up your champagne game for this New Year’s Eve? These delicious champagne cocktails can really amp up your New Year’s celebrations!

5 Delicious Champagne Cocktails for New Year's Eve

 

Kir Royale

5 Delicious Champagne Cocktails For New Year's

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

The Kir Royale is a simple, yet tasty remedy to boring stand alone champagne. This French cocktail is sure to be a party pleaser with its sweet profile and notes of dark currant.

 

French 75

5 Delicious Champagne Cocktails For New Year's

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The French 75 is a chic champagne cocktail that blends lemon juice and gin with the bubbliness of chilled champagne. It’s one ring-a-ding-ding of a classic cocktail.

 

Pom-Mint Champagne Cocktail

5 Delicious Champagne Cocktails For New Year's

Image / Recipe from // Cosmo

Pomegranate and mint add an elegant twist for your New Year’s eve toasts. This delightfully colorful champagne cocktail will really wow your guests, and is super easy to make.

 

Champagne Margarita

5 Delicious Champagne Cocktails For New Year's

Image / Recipe from // 40 aprons

Margaritas are always a crowd pleaser, and this delicious champagne cocktail will have your guests singing your praises well into the new year!

 

The Ice Queen

5 Delicious Champagne Cocktails For New Year's

Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

Don’t like Champagne? Try Prosecco instead! This Prosecco cocktail, brainchild of Natasha David, is sure to liven up your New Year’s.

 

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This is how you make Nightcap's Ice Queen Cocktail!

The Ice Queen Cocktail

Brr…this cocktail is giving us the cold shoulder

We tried making Natasha David’s Ice Queen cocktail, and it will change the way you think about Crème de Menthe cocktails.

Nightcap's Ice Queen Cocktail

When you think Crème de Menthe the first thing that often comes to mind is a Grasshopper. Well not anymore, thanks to The Ice Queen cocktail from the master mixologists at Nitecap, a Lower East Side bar in New York City. Brainchild of Natasha David, this cocktail graced the Nightcap’s spritz menu and was featured in the article Bitter and Bubbly, the Spritz Evolves. Which is where we discovered this tasty beauty.

Natasha’s recipe uses Plantation 3 Stars white rum, Giffard Menthe Pastille white crème de menthe, and a sparkling wine, like Prosecco or Cava. Since I prefer Prosecco to Cava, I chose to go Italian. Unfortunately, our local ABC store doesn’t carry Giffard Menthe Pastille [I don’t think you can get it in NC], so I had to use Mr. Boston’s white crème de menthe instead. If you can find the original liquor used it might give you a more authentic feeling, but if not a good substitute won’t hurt.

The Ice Queen is an interesting addition to our list of spritzes and wine cocktails. It’ll leave your mouth feeling like you’ve just stepped out of the arctic. The mint also makes water feel icy cold in your mouth afterward, and there’s something about that feeling that appeases my pagophagia [that means I like to chew on ice because I’m iron deficient].

If you are looking for a crème de menthe cocktail that isn’t your typical Grasshopper or Stinger, you can’t go wrong with choosing this Ice Queen. Be sure to check out some of our other crème de menthe cocktails while you’re at it.

This is how you make Nightcap’s Ice Queen Cocktail!

 

The Ice Queen

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces White Rum
  • ¾ Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce Prosecco
  • 1 Teaspoon Crème De Menthe
  • 1 Cucumber Slice
  • Lime for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe Glasses
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

The Ice Queen: Gently muddle cucumber at bottom of a cocktail shaker. Next, add rum, lime juice, simple syrup and crème de menthe to the shaker and fill it about 3/4 of the way with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass. Top with sparkling wine. Finally, garnish it with lime. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 187 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 15 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

This is how you make Nitecap's Ice Queen cocktail.

 

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Drink of the Week - Sgroppino

Drink of the Week: Sgroppino

Just like Nona used to make!

Move over Margaritas, this delicious Venetian classic is here ‘to untie’ your choke hold on the frozen cocktail competition! Mix yourself up some citrus deliciousness with this Drink of the Week: the Sgroppino al Limone.

Drink of the Week - Sgroppino
 

Italian classics make great cocktails, don’t you think?

Who doesn’t love a good lemon sorbet? Especially when it’s lovingly drenched in vodka and Prosecco. The Sgroppino is a summer favorite in Venice, Italy where temperatures dance in the mid-80’s during the summer months. This drink was made and passed around by the aunts and uncles at some summer family dinners when I was a kid. Of course, I couldn’t enjoy it back them, but now I find myself sipping on them in the southern summer heat on the back porch as early as mid-April.

While it is undervalued in restaurants and cocktail bars here in the US, the Sgroppino al Limone is a popular Italian favorite as a common palate cleanser that makes for a wonderful dessert drink. In Italy, ‘digestivos’ are commonly drunk after a meal, but this digestivo is so fresh and clean that it makes a great companion for a warm sunny day. They help to refresh you after the meal and restore you in the heat a bit. Here’s how to whisk yourself up this delicious little treat.

 

Sgroppino al Limone

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Cup Chilled Prosecco
  • 2 Tbs Chilled Vodka
  • 1/3 Cup Lemon Sorbet
  • 1/4 Tsp Fresh Chopped Mint
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Small bowl or pitcher
  • Whisk
  • Champagne Flutes

 

Preparation

Sgroppino al Limone: Chill champagne flutes in the freezer for 4 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the Prosecco, Vodka, and lemon sorbet in a small chilled bowl or pitcher. Remember to not whisk too much or it will become too liquidy. Remove glasses from freezer, pour in the Sgroppino mixture, and garnish with mint. For extra lemony flavor, add a spoonful of the lemon sorbet on top. Divertiti (Enjoy yourself)!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 157 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12.5 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 1 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 7

 

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