27 Vibrant Cocktail Recipes Made For Spring

Bring on the bubbles, we're celebrating warm weather!

Masters Azalea Cocktail

Photographer: Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

We'll reserve the slushes and watermelon margaritas for the height of summertime heat, but spring means it's time for the light, refreshing spritzes and juleps to shine. Bright and boozy, these spring cocktails are made for the season when there's plenty to celebrate. They're ideal for everything from Mother's Day and Easter brunches to baby and wedding showers—or just celebrating the sunny and mild post-winter weather. Plus, we have plenty of springtime batch drinks to make hosting a breeze. Pop the bubbles and start squeezing lots of lemons for some of our favorite spring cocktails.

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Aperol and Blood Orange-Mint Spritz Recipe

Aperol and Blood Orange-Mint Spritz
Peter Frank Edwards

Blood orange season is from December through April, making this an ideal early spring spritz, but if their tartness isn't your cup of tea, navel oranges work just as well. Don't want to waste the bottle of Prosecco? You can easily scale up the recipe for a crowd!

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Hemmingway Daiquiri

Hemingway Daiquiri
Photography: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

We can thank Ernest Hemingway and his particular cocktail taste for this variation that leans to the stiffer side. It departs from the traditional daiquiri with a touch more sour, a double shot of rum, and the addition of grapefruit and maraschino liqueur for balance.

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Grapefruit-Rosemary Mimosas

Grapefruit-Rosemary Mimosa
Jennifer Causey, Prop Stylist Lindsey Lower, Food Stylist Torie Cox

We gave the simple, but trusty mimosa an upgrade. This as-beautiful-as-it-is-delicious twist is one that will be sure to wow your brunch guests, from mothers-in-law to friends alike.

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French 75

French 75
Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

With a 100+ year old history, there's a reason a French 75 is worthy to be enjoyed year-round. This bright and fresh lemony cocktail topped with rosemary is the perfect blend of gin, lemon juice, and bubbles.

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Sweet Tea Min Julep

Mint Julep Sweet Tea
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen

Mint Juleps and May go hand in hand to celebrate the Kentucky Derby, but we added an extra-Southern twist for a less-boozy version of the classic beverage perfect for sipping all season.

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Cucumber-Mint Mojito

Cucumber-Mint Mojitos
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Whether you're poolside or oceanfront, there's nothing more refreshing than a mint mojito. This garden-fresh cocktail invites the flavor of fresh cucumber.

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Classic Margarita

Classic Margarita

Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

When it starts to warm up, we want to take our dinners to the patio, and the best drink to sip outside is a Classic Margarita. Someone bring the chips and guacamole, too!

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Elderflower-Champagne Cocktail

Elderflower-Champagne Cocktail with flower ice cubes
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Katie Jacobs

This batch cocktail is perfect for outdoor, springtime gatherings. All you need for this no-fuss recipe is brut rosé champagne, club soda or sparkling water, and elderflower liqueur. For an added detail, use edible flower or fruit infused ice cubes.

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Grapefruit Margarita

Grapefruit Margarita by Tiffanie Barriere
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn

Margaritas are seasonless right? Not quite a paloma, but more than a marg, this tequila-forward cocktail is full of fresh flavors.

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Easter Punch

Easter Punch
Photographer: Greg DuPree, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

This pretty pink punch is just what the Easter menu was missing. Equally fizzy and fruity, it'll keep your crowd happy.

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Garden Pleasures Cocktail

Garden Pleasures Cocktail by Tiffanie Barriere
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn

This herbaceous sparkling cocktail is made for garden parties and porch sits. Use the clear liquor of your choice for the refreshing, balanced beverage.

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Aperol-Bourbon Fizz

Aperol Bourbon Fizz
Becky Luigart Stayner

Calling all bourbon lovers! Sometimes bourbon doesn't get the same appreciation in warm weather cocktails, but this simple drink deserves a shining moment. Be sure to rub the cut edge of an orange twist around the glass for a citrus note with every sip.

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The Dogwood Cocktail

The Dogwood

Jennifer Davick

Welcome spring with this citrusy cocktail with grapefruit and elderflower notes. Pour it in your favorite glass and garnish it with a fresh rosemary sprig and lemon slice.

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Cucumber-Jalapeño Gin Coolers

Cucumber-Jalapeño Gin Cooler
Photographer Jennifer Causey, Prop Stylist Lindsey Lower, Food Stylist Torie Cox

This batch cocktail is garden-party ready. Slice cucumbers lengthwise for twirl-able ribbons for a picture-worthy presentation.

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Azalea Cocktail

Masters Azalea Cocktail

Photographer: Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

When April rolls around, you know it's almost time for the Masters Tournament. Get ready for the big week by whipping up this golf-course-inspired pink cocktail made with pineapple juice, lemon, and a splash of grenadine.

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Basil Bourbon Orange Smash

Basil Bourbon Orange Smash
Becky Luigart Stayner

The key to this cocktail is to literally smash (or crush) the ice. This aromatic, zesty cocktail made with basil simple syrup tastes as fresh as it looks.

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Texas Ranch Water

Texas Ranch Water
Photographer: Fred Hardy II, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Props Stylist: Christina Brockman

This lightened-up margarita made with Topo Chico entered the cocktail scene a few years ago and we can firmly say, it is here to stay—no matter the season.

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Rosemary Tom Collins

Rosemary Collins
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

The Tom Collins has been a favored beverage choice for many since the 19th century. While there are tweaks to it here and there, like a sprig of rosemary, none stray too far from its original form—gin, lemon, simply syrup, and club soda.

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Mojitarita Cocktail

Katie Jacobs

We created a cocktail that is the best of both worlds for when you can't choose between a mojito and margarita. For an extra marg touch, salt your rim.

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Shoo-Fly Punch

Shoo-Fly Punch

Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Loaded with bourbon, ginger, and bitters, Shoo-Fly Punch is great for any spring party. Ginger beer is the secret ingredient that gives the drink a slight fizz and hint of spicy ginger.

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Lemon Drop Martini

Lemon Drop Martini
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Christine Kelly, Food Stylist: Ali Ramee

There's rarely a time of year a martini isn't on the menu, and this fresh and tart rendition feels especially like springtime.

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Classic Transfusion Cocktail

Transfusion Cocktail
Getty Images/JB325

Spring through summer, this golf-course cocktail will be making its name known. With only four simple ingredients—vodka, ginger ale, Concord grape juice, and lime juice—it's a cinch to make.

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Mint Julep

Mint Julep
Southern Living

No Derby party would be complete without one of the South's signature cocktails. Though it might have initially been made with rum, you'll only find bourbon in ours.

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Spiked Arnold Palmer

Spiked Arnold Palmer
Ralph Anderson

Spike the South's favorite non-alcoholic beverage, which combines iced tea and lemonade, with a splash of bourbon. This batch recipe is easy to make and requires no frills for serving at any backyard celebration.

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Southern Living Bloody Mary

Southern Living Bloody Mary
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Mary Claire Britton

Weekend brunches wouldn't be complete without a Bloody Mary bar. With so many add-ins, from celery and pickled okra to bacon and shrimp, it's hard to go wrong with this complexly spice-and-tomato-forward staple. Except we highly advise going the extra mile with the Bloody Mary bacon salt.

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Lemon-Basil Spritzer

Lemon-Basil Spritzer
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Whether you're serving this effervescent beverage cocktail or mocktail style, the simplicity of it is hard to beat.

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Maple Bourbon Smash

Maple Bourbon Smash
Becky Luigart Stayner

We gave a classic bourbon smash an upgrade with earthy sage, sweet maple syrup, and fresh lemon.

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