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Enjoy these 7 delicious cocktails for Easter!

7 Delicious Easter Inspired Cocktails

Cheers to Easter!

Easter is full of events from Brunches to Suppers. These delicious cocktails for Easter will get all of your adult guests into the Easter party spirit.

Enjoy these 7 delicious Easter inspired cocktails!

Easter is a time of year to gather with your family and give thanks. And if you are from families like ours, you’re sure to enjoy a drink or two with your favorite cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Easter cocktails come in a variety of colors and spirits that are sure to fit every Easter occasion you’ve got planned for your family this year.

Spiff up your Easter egg hunts, brunches, and suppers with these 7 delicious Easter inspired cocktails!

 

Red Berry Margarita

Delicious Cocktails for Easter!

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

We have never met a margarita that we don’t like, but this Ultimate Red Berry Margarita is one you’ll fall head over heels for! This margarita recipe blends the flavors of strawberries, cranberries and raspberries into one Ultimate Margarita for Easter.

 

Easter Italian Ice Cocktail

Delicious Cocktails for Easter!

Image / Recipe from // A Worthy Read

Who says the kids get to have all the fun at Easter? Enjoy a treat while the kids are hunting for Easter eggs! With the vibrant color of a blue Easter egg, this gorgeous cocktail is a sweet treat for a warm Easter Sunday afternoon.

 

Strawberry Gin Smash

Delicious Cocktails for Easter!

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

It’s like Easter in a Glass! Smash cocktails are a simple to make and delicious to drink. The muddled flavors of strawberry and lime give this Strawberry Gin Smash a refreshing berry-citrus taste and its Easter Egg Pink color.

 

Cottontail Martini

Delicious Cocktails for Easter!

Image / Recipe from // inspired by charm

Move over Peter, there’s a new Cottontail on the block. This coconut martini was inspired by our favorite Easter movie Here Comes Peter Cottontail. The Cottontail Martini even has a fluffy marshmallow “tail”, making it the cutest Easter cocktail on our list.

 

Sparkling Grapefruit Cocktails

Delicious Cocktails for Easter!

Image / Recipe from // The Kitchenthusiast

Here’s a two-for-one deal for you on these Grapefruit Spritz Cocktails that pair grapefruit with rosemary, blood orange, and ginger. These effervescent cocktails embody the colors of springtime and will be a welcomed addition to your Easter brunches.

 

Mint Limonata Julep

Delicious Cocktails for Easter!

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

The fresh citrus taste of this bright sunny-colored Easter cocktail will have your family saying “Salute” to this Mint Limonata Julep. Bourbon and Limoncello might seem like the Odd Couple when it comes to Spirits, but when you put them together the taste will surprise you.

 

Spiked Raspberry Ice Tea

Delicious Cocktails for Easter!

Image / Recipe from // Paste Magazine

Sweet tea is a southern staple! This three-ingredient cocktail uses a premium raspberry flavored vodka to infuse your sweet tea with the delicious flavor of raspberry and lemon. It works fantastic in unsweet ice tea too!

 

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You'd be crazy not to serve these essential cocktails at your next Garden Party!

Garden Party Essential Cocktails

Get a look at these [gin] blossoms

It’s garden party season again, and we’ve got you covered with a list of delectable garden party essential cocktails that your guests will absolutely love!

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Planning a fancy Garden Party this spring? Get ready to wow your guests with delicious food and elegant cocktails fit for viewing the springtime blossoms as they bloom.

Springtime has been the inspiration for a lot of cocktails, and they are as delicious as they look. Whether you’re looking for a vodka, gin, tequila, wine, or whiskey cocktail, our collection of springtime cocktails are the perfect additions to your next garden cocktail party!

 

Airlie Gardens Martini

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week Blog

This Airlie Gardens Martini is a sweet pairing of pear-citrus juice, lavender honey syrup, and Martin Miller’s gin that is perfect for every garden party!

 

Spring Breeze

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Image / Recipe from // Paste Magazine

When you mix bourbon and fruit, you get the color of Springtime! This cocktail has an elegant mix of fruit flavors and the subtle bite of Jim Beam that will surprise your guests.

 

Mint Limonata Julep

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week Blog

Like its cousin, the Mint Julep, the Limonata Julep is a mix of bourbon, fresh mint, and our homemade simple syrup but with the added touch of Limoncello.

 

Love and Hope Lemonade

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Image / Recipe from // Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Move over kids. This is mommy’s favorite lemonade! Made with Love and Hope Rosé and muddled mint and raspberries, the Love and Hope Lemonade is a beautifully bright cocktail that will liven up any garden party.

 

Mint Mojitos

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

This classic Mint Mojito recipe, with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade simple syrup, is a refreshing drink for warm weather sipping.

 
 

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5 Delicious Mocktails to Imbibe this Spring

Imbibe the Flavors of Springtime

Mocktails can be a fabulous addition to your Springtime party or get together. Try these 5 delicious mocktails that embody the flavors of Spring.

Try these 5 delicious mocktails that embody the flavors of Spring.

Temperatures are rising. Flowers are blooming. That can only mean one thing: It’s finally Springtime again! And what could be a better way to celebrate than with these 5 delicious mocktails for Springtime!

Springtime is full of bright colors and clean flavors, and these mocktails embody them both. If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic alternative for a signature cocktail for a Spring wedding, or need a refreshing new drink for the kids, give these 5 delicious mocktails that embody the flavors of Spring a try.

 

Blueberry Bourbon Vanilla Lemonade Mocktail

Image / Recipe from // Oleander and Palm

Enjoy the flavors of Bourbon without the actual Bourbon. This Blueberry Bourbon Vanilla Lemonade mocktail brings the brightness of Spring into a single glass…..or a couple. Who are we to judge?

 

Raspberry Grapefruit Mocktail

Image / Recipe from // The Pura Vida

Talk about one gorgeous mocktail! We suggest using a premium tonic water or club soda instead of 7Up to cut out extra sugar. This Raspberry Grapefruit Mocktail is the perfect non-alcoholic addition to any Springtime wedding or function.

 

French 75 Mocktail

Image / Recipe from // Always Order Dessert

Ooh La La! This mocktail version of a classic French 75 has all the bubbly, but none of the hangover. Plus, using rockcandy as a swizzle stick ups the glamour factor on this non-alcoholic cocktail. It’s a perfect brunch mocktail!

 

Sparkling Ginger Lemon Mocktail

5 Best Mocktails for Springtime

Image / Recipe from // Snixy Kitchen

Need a non-alcoholic option for the kids at Easter dinner? Say cheers with this sparkling mocktail! The refreshing combination of citrus and ginger make this mocktail a great Springtime sipper.

 

SPARKLING BLOOD ORANGE MOCKTAIL

Image / Recipe from // Jessica Gavin

Keep the Springtime sniffles away with a boost of healthy herbs in this sparkling mocktail. The deep red hues of this Blood Orange mocktail will make an Easter Egg feel pale.

 

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This Rosemary Gin Fizz is super refreshing and easy to make.

Rosemary Gin Fizz Cocktail

Nothing beats a nice day and refreshing gin fizz!

This Rosemary Gin Fizz is super refreshing and easy to make.

Drink Of The Week: Rosemary Gin Fizz

There’s nothing more comforting than sitting on the porch on warm days and nights with a good drink. Down south, sipping cocktails, like this Drink of the Week, is a Springtime and Summertime staple.

After her death, a friend of Julia Child’s told a story of when a sommelier asked her to name her favorite wine, she replied, “Gin.”. Obviously, the Queen of French Cooking [and butter…sorry Paula] knew how to party. Much like Julia Child, we love us some Gin here in the Brio kitchen, and this Rosemary Gin Fizz is to die for!

Folks have a love-hate relationship with gin. I have heard it described as “Christmas in a bottle” for its pine-like aroma, and I happen to agree. I love the smell of gin. Though I will never be one of those folks who can drink gin straight, some gin cocktails happen to be my favorites.

This Rosemary Gin Fizz happens to be one of them.

The Gin Fizz has many variations. They come in numerous flavors, with different ingredients, some of which include using eggs. It’s added for frothiness, but all I can say is – YUCK! I can’t understand how people can drink raw eggs, let alone add them to alcohol.

In this Rosemary Gin Fizz – you guessed it – we added the herbal taste of Rosemary to the mix. We also opted for honey instead of granulated sugar.

Honey is delicious, nutritious and it’s healthier than regular sugar. Plus, you can use creamed, raw, or infused honey, like elderflower or thyme honey, for this recipe. We used Vintage Bee Creamed Honey. I personally love the way their Raw Creamed Honey with Lemon tastes, and since it’s made here in North Carolina. It also pairs very well with whiskey in a Hot Toddy.

Grab your Drink of the Week glass and enjoy yourself a Rosemary Gin Fizz!

 

Rosemary Gin Fizz

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Gin
  • 3 Ounces Club Soda
  • Juice of 1 Small Lemon
  • 3 Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary
  • ½ Teaspoon Honey
  • Lemon Wedge for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Lowball or Stemless Wine Glass
  • Muddler or Spoon

 

Preparation

Rosemary Gin Fizz: Muddle a sprig of rosemary, lemon juice, and honey together on the bottom of a Stemless Wine glass, with a muddler or spoon. Fill glass halfway with ice, and pour gin over the muddled mixture. Stir together with spoon, and top with club soda. Continue stirring for a few seconds and let settle. Garnish with rosemary and lemon wedge.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 119 Fat (g) 0.2 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 91 Carbohydrates (g) 8.1 Dietary Fiber (g) 1.6 Total Sugars (g) 6.5 Protein (g) 0.7 Sodium (mg) 3

This Rosemary Gin Fizz is super refreshing and easy to make.

 

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We’re betting on this Classic Mint Julep recipe for the Kentucky Derby!

Classic Mint Julep Recipe

We’re betting on this Drink of the Week for the Kentucky Derby!

We’re mixing up some minty delights today with this Drink of the Week: The Mint Julep!

Drink of the week: The Mint Julep

In the spirit of the longest running sporting event in the US, The Kentucky Derby, we have something special in mind. You guessed it! We’ll be mixing up some minty delights today with this Drink of the Week: The Mint Julep!

Mint Juleps are the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby and are a southern springtime staple cocktail. Almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served at the Churchill Downs Racetrack over the two days of the Kentucky Derby. That’s a heck of a lot of bourbon!

Like a Moscow Mule, the Mint Julep also has a special silver metal cup that the drink is traditionally served in, but if you don’t have one you can use a scotch glass.

The mint simple syrup in this recipe is very easy to make and yields enough syrup for a Kentucky Derby Party‘s worth of cocktails. You can even make it well in advance and keep it on hand.

You can also substitute out the bourbon for club soda for party guests who don’t drink or are not of age. Place your bets ladies and gents, and raise your Drink of the Week Glasses to these delicious Mint Juleps.

Check out our Kentucky Derby Party Essentials guide to help plan your Derby parties.

 

Mint Julep

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2½ Ounces Bourbon
  • 1 Ounce Mint Simple Syrup
  • 3 Large Mint Leaves
  • 2 Cups Crushed Ice
  • Mint Spring for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Julep or Scotch Glass
  • Straws
  • Gallon Ziplock Bag
  • Mallet/Meat Tenderizer

 

Mint Simple Syrup

Yields: 1 1/2 cups
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Mint Sprigs (about 15)
Items You’ll Need:

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Container

 

Preparation

How to make the Mint Simple Syrup: In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar and mint sprigs in water over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a strainer into an airtight container. Cover and chill for at least a 1/2 hour.

How to make Crushed Ice: If you don’t have a fridge that has a Crushed Ice button, take a gallon sized ziplock bag and fill it half way with ice. Zip the bag closed, and place the bag on a large paper plate, this helps reduce the watery mess on your counter. Take a mallet, the kind you use to tenderize meat and smash the flat edge against the ice until crushed. Set aside in the freezer until needed.

The Mint Julep: Gently press mint leaves against glass with back of a spoon. Cover leaves with 1/3 cup of crushed ice and add in Mint Simple Syrup. Pour 1 Ounce of Bourbon into glass and stir. Add in more ice and the remaining bourbon. Pack glass with remaining ice, and insert straw. Garnish Mint Julep with a sprig of mint, and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 156 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 1 Carbohydrates (g) 4.21 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4.16 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 1

We’re betting on this Classic Mint Julep recipe for the Kentucky Derby!

 
 

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Add an extra touch of Southern flair to your garden parties this Spring with the Azalea Belle cocktail.

The Azalea Belle Cocktail

We’re giving this Drink of the Week the Azalea Festival Treatment!

Add an extra touch of Southern flair to your garden parties this Spring with the Azalea Belle cocktail.

Drink of the week: The Azalea Belle

The North Carolina Azalea Festival takes place here in Wilmington every year, and we crafted a Drink of the Week that captures the heart of the festival: The Azalea Belle.

One of the Azalea festival’s most popular traditions are the Azalea Belles, young ladies that wear hoop-skirted antebellum dresses and serve as hostesses and guides during the Azalea Festival Garden Tour.

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This tradition has been going on for over 40 years and has become one of the most iconic images of the festival and of the Port City.

We tried to capture that essence of bright colorful dresses and Southern hospitality in a combination of Grapefruit juice and Gin, with just a touch of extra herbal sweetness from a homemade Rosemary Simple Syrup.

Add an extra touch of Southern flair to your garden parties this spring with the Azalea Belle.

 

Azalea Belle

Yields: 2 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 5 Ounces Gin
  • 5 Ounces Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • 1.5 Teaspoon Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • Grapefruit Wedge for Garnish
  • Rosemary Sprig for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Wine Glass
  • Snifter Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker or Tumbler

 

Preparation

The Azalea Belle: Add a few ice cubes to stemless wine glasses, and set aside. Fill shaker half way with ice, and add in gin, juice, and 1.5 teaspoon of the rosemary syrup.

Shake it all up, and strain into glasses. Finish the drink off with a section of grapefruit and a rosemary sprig for garnish. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 219 Fat (g) 0.2 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 0 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 12 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 2

Add an extra touch of Southern flair to your garden parties this Spring with the Azalea Belle cocktail.

 

 
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Enjoy a bit of Springtime in a glass with this Strawberry Gin Smash recipe

Easter Strawberry Gin Smash Recipe

It’s like Easter in a Glass!

Enjoy a bit of Springtime with a glass of this Strawberry Gin Smash.

Drink of the week: Strawberry Smash for Easter

A moment of silence for all the Lenten diets about to be broken this Sunday. Now that that’s over with, mix yourself up a glass of this Drink of the week: the Easter Strawberry Smash. This delicious take on a Gin Smash comes to us from The Kitchn‘s The 10 Minute Happy Hour.

Gin Smashes are the cousin of the Mint Julep, a Springtime Southern staple, and they are great Easter cocktails. The muddled flavors of strawberry and lime give this cocktail a refreshing taste and its Easter-Pink color.

In this recipe, we splurged a little bit on a bottle of Hendrick’s gin, but anything above Aristocrat will do nicely. You might also want to pick up a package of fresh pre-sliced strawberries, if you don’t want to add any extra work.

Want to make a pitcher of this Strawberry Gin Smash recipe? You’re in luck. We included an 8 serving size version of this cocktail for those who would like to serve a pitcher at their Easter brunch and dinner parties.

 

Strawberry Gin Smash

Single Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Ounces Gin
  • ½ Ounce Club Soda
  • ½ Teaspoon Sugar
  • Juice of 1 Lime Wedge
  • 2 Sliced Strawberries
  • Whole Strawberry for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
Servings: 8
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 16 Ounces Gin
  • 24 Ounces Club Soda
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 1 lb Fresh Strawberries
  • Fresh Mint for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • 64 Ounce Pitcher
  • Highball Glass

 

Preparation

Strawberry Gin Smash: In a tall glass, use a spoon to dissolve the sugar in the juice from one lime wedge. Add some sliced strawberries, and lightly muddle, to release the strawberry flavor and color. Next, fill the glass with ice and pour gin over muddled mixture. Top with club soda. Serve over ice and garnish with a whole strawberry. Enjoy!

Make a pitcher: Combine the sugar and lime juice together at the bottom of a pitcher. Take the slices, from about 6 to 8 strawberries, and muddle together lightly with the lime-sugar mixture. Pour in the gin and stir. Let the mixture chill in the fridge for about an hour or two (overnight would be even better), to allow the strawberries to add more flavor and color to the drink. When you are ready to serve, top with club soda and add ice. Stir the mixture together really well, and serve over ice in a tall glass. Your guests are sure to enjoy this!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 105 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 6 Dietary Fiber (g) .1 Total Sugars (g) 5 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

Enjoy a bit of Springtime in a glass with this Strawberry Gin Smash recipe

 
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