Spring is synonymous with fresh flowers, warmer temps, and fruity, sweet cocktails — and, we wouldn’t have it any other way. That’s why we’ve already started bookmarking recipes and planning the next batch of cocktails to try in the coming months. But instead of endlessly scrolling through Pinterest, we realized: Why spend so much time searching social media and food blogs when our first and only stop should have been our No. 1 chef and queen of entertaining, Ina Garten?
Garten’s website Barefoot Contessa, alone, has tons of refreshing cocktails from which to choose, from belly-warming whiskey-based cocktails to fruity sangria swimming with fresh fruits, like strawberries and raspberries. You can also flip through one of Garten’s 11 cookbooks for recipes of her favorite cocktails. Don’t worry, though; because we did the work for you.
Before we get to the cocktail recipes, though, we’ll leave you with Garten’s best tip for making cocktails: Do not — we repeat — do not eyeball your liquor. Instead, use a measuring cup for the best result. “I have a measuring cup; I brought my own,” Ina said to Seth Meyers during one of his “Day Drinking” segments.
Have your measuring cup ready? From raspberry liqueur-spiked champagne to sugary-sweet peach Bellinis, these are the Garten’s best, can’t-miss sweet cocktails.