Refreshing Cocktail Recipes For The Spring

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 04/25/2014 | 01:00 PM EDT

Cool off with these awesome drinks you can make in the comfort of your own home

Now that Spring is here, you can bet there will be plenty of home functions and events to drag your friends to. And if you’re the lush type - or simply the occasional social drinker - you’ll certainly enjoy a few cocktails along the way. With the flowers blooming and the temperature warming, having the right cocktail is crucial. There’s nothing quite like having a cool, refreshing Spring drink. Thankfully, you don’t know have to go far for a few great cocktail recipes - Centric’s got you all covered. Take a look at some awesome cocktails you can make in the comfort of your own home, share with friends or even request at the bar. Enjoy!


Strawberry Basil Margarita

Everyone loves a margarita on a warm sunny day. You can serve this strawberry-basil remix in a pitcher when hosting a large party.


Ingredients

1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate

10 strawberries (or 12 if you're using smaller ones from the farmer's market or your backyard.)

8 basil leaves

2 to 2 1/2 cups tequila (gold or silver)


Directions:
Empty limeade concentrate into pitcher. Add 2 1/2 cans of water and 1 1/2 (18 ounces, or 2 1/4 cups) cans of tequila. Hull strawberries, slice lengthwise, and add to pitcher. Crumple basil in your hands and add to pitcher. Place pitcher, covered, in fridge overnight, or for at least four hours.


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Kachumber Cooler

There’s nothing like cucumbers to cool you off and give you that classic refreshing taste.


Ingredients

2 half-inch slices of cucumber

8 leaves fresh cilantro

2 quarter-inch slices of fresh green finger chili (any medium-mild chili, such as jalapeno or Anaheim can be substituted)

1 3/4 ounce gin

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup


Directions:
Muddle cucumber, cilantro, and chili in a cocktail shaker or mixing glass until well broken and slightly mashed. Add gin, lime, and simple syrup and shake vigorously. Strain into a double rocks glass, half filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of cucumber.


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Watermelon Mojito

Because watermelons and mojitos are both very popular during the spring and summer, they make a perfect marriage for the perfect cocktail.


Ingredients
(makes one cocktail)

2 ounces rum

1 ounce fresh lime juice

1 ounce simple syrup

6-8 mint leaves

3 1/2 ounces watermelon flesh, cut into cubes


Directions:
Muddle watermelon and mint in a cocktail shaker or mixing glass. Add rum, lime juice, and simple syrup, and shake well with ice. Pour (without straining) into a double rocks glass.


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Classic Whiskey Sour

Simple, sweet and to the point. The lemon will nicely balance out the whiskey, but whiskey lovers will still love too.


Ingredients

2 oz whiskey

3/4 oz lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

3/4 oz simple syrup


Directions:
Simply add ingredients in shaker and mix.

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