Spring-Time Cocktails You’ll Be Shaking Up

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Now that it’s safe to say spring is finally here, it’s time to switch over your recipes to more spring-time inspired concoctions! More fruit infused ingredients and fresh salads, less pumpkin spice and hearty soups. When making the switch, be sure to do the same with your alcoholic beverages— no one’s dying for a warm cider when its eighty degrees outside. Spring-time cocktails are light, sweet, and composed of fruity ingredients that will have you envisioning sipping on them while lounging by the pool. Here’s two of our favorites for your mixing pleasure.

Watermelon is the epitome of a sunny weather treat, so it only makes sense that the first drink on our list would be the Watermelon Margarita. You need:

1/2 seedless watermelon

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

3 strips orange zest

2 cups of cubed

3/4 cup tequila

1/4 cup lime juice

1 lime

salt (rim)

watermelon margarita

Photo via Heather Christo

To start, bring the sugar, water, and orange zest to a boil in a small saucepan. Simmer until the sugar dissolves. Remove the simple syrup that you now have from the heat and allow to cool completely. Next, blend the watermelon until pureed. Combine the watermelon puree with the simple syrup, tequila, and lime juice in a pitcher. To assemble the margaritas, rub the edges of the glasses with a lime wedge to moisten the rims and then dip it into a small plate of salt to coat. Finally, fill the glasses with crushed ice, pour the margarita mixture in, and drink up!

Next on our list is a Strawberry Basil Margarita. You need:

1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate

10 strawberries

8 basil leaves

2 to 2 1/2 cups of tequila

strawberry basil margarita

Photo via Melanie Makes

Pour the limeade into a pitcher and add 2 1/2 cups of water and 2 1/4 cups of tequila. Slice the strawberries length wise and throw these into the pitcher. Next, slightly crumble the basil a little in your hands and adding it into the pitcher as well. Cover the pitcher and store in the fridge overnight. When you wake up, remove the pitcher from the fridge (because obviously how you will want to start your day— obviously). Your mixture is ready to serve! You’ll probably want to wait until the afternoon to sample your strawberry basil goodness, but hey, we won’t judge if you taste earlier…