Spring is finally here, and with it comes a renewed sense of energy and excitement. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and people are ready to shake off the winter blues and embrace the sunshine.
As a bartender, I'm always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to celebrate the changing seasons, and this Spring is no exception.
One of the best ways to welcome in the warmer weather is with a refreshing and delicious cocktail.
Whether you're lounging on a patio, hosting a backyard BBQ, or just enjoying a night in with friends, there's nothing quite like sipping on a perfectly crafted drink. But with so many options out there, it can be hard to know where to start.
That's why I've put together this guide to the best Spring Batch Cocktail recipes. These drinks are perfect for large gatherings or for batching ahead of time so you can enjoy them all week long.
From light and fruity to bold and boozy, there's something for everyone on this list. So grab your shaker, your favorite spirits, and get ready to mix up something truly delicious.
1. The Grand Prix
If you're looking for a refreshing and unique cocktail to serve at your next spring gathering, look no further than "The Grand Prix". This delightful brunch cocktail, featured in Maggie Hoffman's book "Batch Cocktails: Make-Ahead Pitcher Drinks for Every Occasion", combines Campari, cold brew coffee, fresh grapefruit juice, and tonic for a perfectly balanced and light drink.
The bitter, tart, and roasty notes of the ingredients come together in a way that is both unexpected and delicious. Trust us, this is not a cocktail you'll want to miss out on.
2. Coconut Lemon Sour
The Coconut Lemon Sour is a refreshing and light cocktail that is perfect for spring and summer entertaining. This big batch cocktail combines the delicious flavors of coconut and lemonade, making it a crowd-pleaser for any occasion. With only four ingredients, this cocktail is easy to make and perfect for serving in pitchers, allowing you to spend more time enjoying the party and less time mixing drinks.
Whether you're hosting a Mother's Day celebration, Easter brunch, or a camping trip, the Coconut Lemon Sour is a perfect addition to your menu. So why not whip up a batch and enjoy the bright and refreshing flavors of this delicious cocktail with your friends and family this spring and summer?
3. Blueberry Sangria
If you're looking for a refreshing and fruity cocktail to serve at your next Spring gathering, look no further than the Blueberry Sangria. This large batch cocktail combines the best seasonal flavors of blueberries and Cara Cara oranges for a deliciously sweet and tangy drink.
The addition of soda gives it a nice fizz, making it perfect for sipping on a warm Spring day. The best part? It's incredibly easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time, allowing you to focus on entertaining your guests. So why not add the Blueberry Sangria to your list of Spring batch cocktails and impress your friends with this delicious and refreshing drink?
4. Greyhound Cocktail
The Greyhound Cocktail is a refreshing and simple drink that is perfect for any Spring brunch. Made with grapefruit juice and gin, this cocktail is easy to make and tastes delicious. The bright colors and flavors make it a great addition to any brunch menu.
The simplicity of the ingredients allows for the grapefruit juice and gin to shine through, creating a crisp and refreshing taste. This cocktail is a great alternative to the classic Bloody Mary and is sure to impress your guests. So, if you're looking for a refreshing and easy cocktail to serve at your next Spring gathering, the Greyhound Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
5. Rosè Sangria With Peaches and Raspberries
Looking for a refreshing and fruity cocktail to sip on this spring? Look no further than the Rosè Sangria with Peaches and Raspberries. This batched cocktail is perfect for a sunny day by the pool or for serving a crowd at a spring gathering.
The rosè base is complemented by the fruity flavors of peaches and raspberries, as well as a splash of Chambord for an extra kick. The best part? The longer it sits, the more the flavors meld together, creating a deliciously smooth and flavorful drink. Don't forget to scoop out the infused fruit pieces for an added treat. Trust us, this is a cocktail you won't want to miss.
6. Beer Margarita
The Beer Margarita is a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail that is perfect for sharing with friends during the spring season. Made with Corona, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and agave, this cocktail has a citrusy taste with a slight boost of sweetness from the agave.
It's a great drink to enjoy around a bonfire, on Cinco De Mayo, or at a cookout with friends and family. The best part about this cocktail is that it can be easily made in large batches, making it perfect for entertaining. Overall, the Beer Margarita is a delightful and fun drink that is sure to be a hit at any spring gathering.
7. Lemon Lime Wine Spritzer
The Lemon Lime Wine Spritzer is a refreshing and light cocktail that is perfect for spring and summer. Made with your favorite white wine and a hint of citrus, this cocktail is easy to make and perfect for a group. The addition of club soda adds a little extra without all the extra calories, making it a great choice for those who want to stay hydrated while enjoying a delicious drink.
This cocktail is perfect for daytime parties, barbecues, poolside, or even with Sunday brunch. If you're looking for a fruity and aromatic cocktail that is easy to make and perfect for spring and summer, the Lemon Lime Wine Spritzer is definitely worth a try.
8. Elderflower, Gin and Prosecco Cocktail
The Elderflower, Gin and Prosecco Cocktail is a refreshing and easy-to-make drink that will add a touch of elegance to any spring gathering. This cocktail is made with just five ingredients, including gin, elderflower, Prosecco, lime juice, and sugar, and takes only five minutes to prepare.
The sugar-rimmed martini glass adds a touch of sweetness to the drink, while the combination of gin and elderflower gives it a unique and sophisticated flavor. The Prosecco and lime juice add a refreshing twist to the cocktail, making it perfect for sipping on a warm spring day. Overall, the Elderflower, Gin and Prosecco Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a simple yet delicious cocktail to serve at their next spring gathering.
9. Italian Paloma
The Italian Paloma is a refreshing and zesty twist on the classic Paloma cocktail. Made with tequila, grapefruit, orange, lemon juice, and Campari, this cocktail has a beautiful pink color and a unique bitter flavor that works perfectly with the other ingredients. It's a perfect drink for spring and summer parties, and it's easy to make with a cocktail shaker and jigger.
If you're looking for a low-calorie cocktail, the Italian Paloma comes in under 200 calories, and you can even substitute the soda for a diet variety to reduce the calories further. Overall, the Italian Paloma is a must-try cocktail for anyone looking for a refreshing and unique drink to enjoy this spring.
10. Cucumber Vodka Gimlet
Looking for a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail to sip on this spring? Look no further than the Cucumber Vodka Gimlet! This cocktail puts a twist on the classic gimlet by using vodka instead of gin and incorporating fresh ingredients like cucumber and basil.
The result is a smooth and flavorful sipper that's perfect for lazy summer nights on the patio. Whether you're a fan of traditional gimlets or just looking to try something new, the Cucumber Vodka Gimlet is sure to quench your thirst and leave you wanting more. So why not mix up a batch and enjoy the taste of spring in a glass?
11. Sparkling Strawberry Tea Cocktail
The Sparkling Strawberry Tea Cocktail is a refreshing and light drink that is perfect for sipping on a warm spring day. This cocktail combines the flavors of black iced tea, fresh strawberries, and gin, and is topped with sparkling water for a bit of fizz. The homemade strawberry simple syrup adds a touch of sweetness and complexity to the drink.
Tea cocktails are becoming increasingly popular, and this one is a great example of how tea can be used to add depth of flavor to a cocktail. Overall, the Sparkling Strawberry Tea Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a light and refreshing spring cocktail.
12. French 77
The French 77 is a perfect cocktail for any occasion. This refreshing drink is a combination of elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, gin, and sparkling wine. It's a light and bubbly alternative to the classic French 75. The gin and lemon juice balance out the sweetness of the elderflower liqueur, giving it a subtle sweetness that pairs well with many dishes.
The bubbles make it a fun and festive drink that will impress your guests. It's easy to make a batch, and you can serve it in champagne flutes for an elegant touch. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just enjoying a night in with friends, the French 77 is a delicious and sophisticated choice.
13. Aperol Gin Cocktail
The Aperol Gin Cocktail is a refreshing and eye-catching drink that is perfect for spring. With only five ingredients, this cocktail is easy to make and can be whipped up in no time. The combination of gin, cucumber, lime, and Aperol creates a perfect balance of bitter and sweet notes that will leave your taste buds wanting more.
The addition of club soda adds a refreshing fizz that makes this cocktail perfect for sipping on a warm day. If you're looking for a new signature cocktail for your next gathering, the Aperol Gin Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
14. Rosé Sangria
Rosé Sangria is a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail loaded with bright citrusy and berry flavors. It's made with a robust and darker-hued rosé, orange liqueur, brandy, and fresh strawberries, raspberries, and oranges.
The cocktail is perfect for sipping on a warm day and can be made refined sugar-free by swapping sugar with agave syrup. It's a must-try cocktail for anyone looking for a flavorful and refreshing drink this spring and summer.
15. Hippie Juice
Looking for a refreshing and fruity cocktail to serve at your next spring gathering? Look no further than Hippie Juice! This easy-to-make cocktail is perfect for a crowd and can be mixed up in a hurry without the need for a blender or mixing spoon.
Its light and sweet flavor is sure to be a hit with your guests, and its portability makes it perfect for taking to outdoor events. While there are a few different theories as to how Hippie Juice got its name, there's no denying that it's a delicious and fun drink. So why not mix up a batch and enjoy it with friends?
16. Red Sangria With Brandy
Red Sangria with Brandy is a perfect cocktail to serve at any happy hour party. It is a Spanish wine punch made with full-bodied dry red wine, brandy, and fresh-squeezed oranges, lemons, and limes. The addition of ginger ale adds a bit of effervescence to the drink. The best part of this cocktail is the wine-soaked fruit you get to eat when the glass is empty.
The recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas cocktail, and it can be made a day ahead of time, which makes it easier to plan for a party. The cocktail is refreshing, light, and perfect for warm weather. It is a must-try cocktail for anyone who loves fruity and boozy concoctions.
17. Blueberry Lavender Sangria
The Blueberry Lavender Sangria is a refreshing and elegant cocktail that is perfect for any spring brunch or festive occasion. Made with white wine, blueberries, lavender, and bubbly Prosecco, this cocktail has a complex taste that is both floral and fruity.
The addition of dried or fresh lavender stalks makes it look extra pretty, and a touch of St. Germain can make it a little stronger. This cocktail is perfect for those who love lavender and want to try it in their drinks. It's easy to make and looks and tastes much fancier than it actually is. Give it a try and impress your guests with this beautiful and delicious cocktail.
18. Lavender Gin and Tonic Punch
The Lavender Gin and Tonic Punch is a refreshing and naturally flavored cocktail that is perfect for any spring or summer party. The beautiful purple hue comes from butterfly pea tea, which is infused with lime juice. The gin is also infused with dried lavender, which gives the cocktail a subtle floral aroma and flavor.
This cocktail is easy to make and can serve a crowd of 6-8 people. It's a crowd-pleaser and perfect for occasions like baby showers, bridal showers, and garden parties. If you're a fan of gin and tonics, you'll love this twist on the classic cocktail.
19. Peach French 75 Punch
The Peach French 75 Punch is a modern twist on the classic French 75 cocktail recipe. This sweet and aromatic party punch is perfect for get-togethers and is made with Barefoot Bubbly Peach Fusion, which adds sweet, juicy aromas to the drink. The flavors blend together perfectly, creating a fun version of the classic French 75.
The addition of an ice ring to the punch makes it look even more impressive and adds a touch of elegance to any party. If you're looking for a quick and easy batch cocktail recipe that's perfect for spring, this Peach French 75 Punch is definitely worth a try.
20. Rosé Sangria With Vodka
The Rosé Sangria with Vodka is a perfect cocktail for a spring gathering or a summery brunch. It's packed with flavor and is easy to make in advance, making it perfect for events or gatherings. This cocktail uses a fruit simple syrup to sweeten the sangria and add a ton of flavor, giving it a unique twist.
The addition of vodka adds a little kick to the cocktail, making it perfect for those who prefer a stronger drink. The fresh or frozen fruit adds a beautiful touch to the cocktail, making it a great option for those who love a visually appealing drink. Overall, the Rosé Sangria with Vodka is a must-try cocktail for anyone looking for a refreshing and flavorful drink for their spring or summer gathering.
21. Kir Royale
Kir Royale is a French Champagne cocktail that is perfect for any celebration or special occasion. This sophisticated drink is made with only two ingredients – dry sparkling wine and Chambord, a blackcurrant liqueur. The addition of Chambord gives the cocktail a beautiful pink hue and a sweet, fruity flavor that perfectly complements the dryness of the Champagne.
The Kir Royale is a variation of the classic Kir cocktail, which was invented by a Catholic priest named Felix Kir during World War II. The Kir Royale is a perfect aperitif to serve before dinner, or it can be enjoyed as a dessert cocktail. With its simplicity and elegance, the Kir Royale is a must-try cocktail for any springtime celebration.
22. Pimm's Cup
Pimm's Cup is a quintessential British summertime cocktail that is perfect for any spring gathering. This gin and herb-based liquor is mixed with lemon soda, ginger-ale or club soda, and garnished with fresh fruits, cucumber, and a sprig of mint.
The resulting beverage is light, fruity, and refreshing, making it the perfect drink for sipping by the pool or enjoying at a BBQ. Pimm's Cup is easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time, allowing the flavors to meld together for a more delicious taste. If you're looking for a refreshing cocktail that's perfect for spring, then Pimm's Cup is definitely worth a try!