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5 Refreshing cocktail recipes

Delight your guests with a refreshing spring cocktail! These recipes use fresh, fruity ingredients are so so easy to make.

Watermelon lemondade

Chef to the stars Lulu Powers is one of the most sought-after caterers in the entertainment industry. Celebrity clients include Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Madonna and Bill Clinton. Powers is also the author of Lulu Powers Food to Flowers, a stylish and simple guide to entertaining. Here, Powers shares exciting drink recipes which are sure to be a hit at your spring cocktail party.

Watermelon Lemonade

This thirst-quenching drink can be made with or without alcohol.

Makes 2 quarts

Ingredients

  • 4 cups seedless watermelon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water

Preparation

  1. Puree the watermelon, lime juice and sugar in a blender until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine lemon juice, sugar and 2 cups water.
  3. Bring to a boil and stir 2-3 minutes, or until sugar dissolves. Let cool.
  4. Mix the lemon syrup with the watermelon mixture. Serve over ice.
  5. Spike with your favorite vodka or tequila, if desired.

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Ginger-Lime Cocktail

One sip of this delightful drink will have you begging for more.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 1 cup frozen limeade
  • 8 ounces ginger liqueur (Powers recommends Domaine de Canton)
  • 8 ounces vodka
  • 1 cup ice
  • 4 gardenia blossoms, optional

Preparation

  1. Combine first five ingredients in blender.
  2. Serve in glasses over ice with optional gardenia garnish.

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La Dolce Vita Punch

Serve to impress with this cocktail recipe borrowed from the famous La Dolce Vita restaurant in Beverly Hills.

Serves 12-15

Ingredients

  • 3 thin-cut peels of three lemons
  • 3 heaping bar spoons of superfine sugar
  • 6 ounces fresh lemon juice (no substitutions)
  • 6 ounces grenadine
  • 4 ounces simple syrup (1 part sugar to 1 part water)
  • 5 ounces Angostura® bitters
  • 12 ounces bourbon
  • 16 ounces champagne

Preparation

  1. Muddle the lemon peels with superfine sugar.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except champagne and stir until sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add ice and stir again.
  4. Strain over a large block of ice and top off with champagne.
You may replace grenadine with 1-1/4 cups of pomegranate juice.

Learn how to make your own grenadine >>

Cocktails for non-drinkers

For less potent spring cocktails, check out Stirrings, a line of all-natural, non-alcoholic mixers, rimmers and soda. The products are beautiful and use real fruit juice -- no high-fructose corn syrup. With Stirrings, you don't have to be an expert bartender to make your guests' favorite restaurant-quality cocktails.

Virgin Apple Spritzer

For this non-alcoholic version of the classic Apple Martini, pour equal parts Stirrings Apple Martini Mixer and club soda over ice. Stir and serve (1 ounce mixer and 1 ounce club soda per serving).

Virgin Cosmopolitan

This sassy drink is incredible in a highball glass with a lime garnish. For each serving, fill glass with ice and add 2 ounces Stirrings Cosmopolitan Mixer and 0.25 ounces Stirrings Clarified Key Lime Juice. Top with club soda.

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More tips for spring parties

Throw a spring garden party
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How to throw the perfect spring garden brunch

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