Celebrate spring with a fresh and fragrant cocktail (or two)


Celebrate spring with a fresh and fragrant cocktail (or two)

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.