OK, so the clocks have gone forward (except the one in the car that only ever tells the right time for six months out of every year because no-one wants to read the manual) and we’re all enjoying the luxury of an extra hour of evening light.
And, if that’s not a good enough reason to crack out the cocktail shaker*, Easter is also waiting in the wings, so, there’s plenty celebrate.
If you’re struggling to choose a cocktail to suit the mood (we’re thinking joyful anticipation with a side order of cherry blossom), we’ve assembled a few useful suggestions to get you started. You can make it even easier by ordering your favourite cocktails from Edmunds – ready to serve straight out of the box (all the glamour with none of the fuss).
Something tall and fragrant
If you’re looking for a long, cool cocktail that would be the perfect partner for an al fresco lunch, a Tom Collins is the obvious choice (gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup topped with soda water). We think it’s improved no end, though, with the addition of a little elderflower liqueur and a slice or two of cucumber. In fact, a fragrant, summery Elderflower Collins is just the thing to fetch the sun out of hiding. Or switch your allegiance to rum with a zingy, minty Mojito!
Something fresh and fruity
A juicy Margarita or fruity alterna-tini are both inspired choices for an indulgent spring cocktail party. Tequila lovers will adore the irresistible combination of flavours in our Kumquat Margarita – a playful new twist on a Mexican classic. Martini aficionados can experiment with variations on a theme: enjoy the exotic appeal of ripe passionfruit in a Pornstar Martini, or opt for a subtly fragrant experience with a Lychee Martini. A few salty snacks and you’re good to go.
Something seriously almondy
If you’re going all out on rich Easter treats – like simnel cake, chocolate, nuts and cheeses – the almond/marzipan notes in an Amaretto Sour could make this a handy cocktail choice. We recommend shaking with ice till cold before straining over rocks in a tumbler and garnishing with lemon. Particularly good with Swiss cheeses like Emmental, where its sweet, nutty notes really shine.
Obviously, you don’t have to choose – why not try all six of our recommendations in a mixed box of six cocktails from Edmunds?
*In case you were in any doubt, it’s definitely a good enough reason to crack out the cocktail shaker.