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6 Organic Cocktails For Spring

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6 Organic Cocktails For Spring

Spring's the best time of the year to take to the porch or the garden and enjoy a nice chilled beverage outside under the sun! These favorite creative cocktails are all organic and terrifically tasty.

1. Strawberry Basil Margarita

(Recipe via thekitchn.com)

This cocktail’s more than a pretty picture; it’s an easy-to-make immediate crowd pleaser. There’s just something too right about strawberries when it’s nice out. Plus, if you take care to actually eat them as you consume your drink, you’re providing your body great and needed amounts of vitamin C and manganese. The basil this recipe calls for is claimed to hold anti-aging properties, so it's kind of like drinking from the fountain of youth, right?

  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate
  • 10 strawberries
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 2 cups tequila (gold or silver, the choice is all yours!)

Now take your limeade concentrate, and dump the contents into the pitcher you have on hand. After that’s taken care of add about 2 cans of water, and your two cups of tequila. Next, remove the outer skin of your strawberries, slice them lengthwise, and then toss them in the pitcher. Last, you have the option to add some hand-crushed basil, and after you’ve decided on that you’re all set to refrigerate your pitcher of strawberry basil margarita overnight!

2. Angele Green Tea Cooler Vodka

(Recipes via Cocktails.about.com)

Made with green tea flavored vodka, this bright cocktail is light, crisp and perfect for the warmer days of spring.

Serving size: 1 cocktail

  • 2 ounces charbay green tea vodka
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • soda water (however much you deem appropriate)

3. Lady Edith

(Recipe via thekitchn.com)

This recipe gathers its inspiration from critically acclaimed and widely loved show, Downtown Abbey. Its got a tasty balance between sweet and sour.

Serving size: 1 cocktail

  • 1 1/2 ounce ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce sloe gin
  • Sweet roseé champagne, chilled-the recipe curators recommend Ballatore Spumante Rosso

Add the grapefruit juice and sloe gin to a flute. Top with champagne. Stir thoroughly and serve and of course, enjoy!

4. Green Tea Mojito

(Adapted from Organic, Shaken and Stirred by Paul Abercrombie via the kitchn.com)

What’s funniest about this recipe is it was born out of trying circumstances; specifically, the person who made it didn’t have all the ingredients for a mojito on hand, and instead she took a chance with what she did have and ended up striking gold. Sometimes the best culinary creations come out of the most unplanned of recipes. And now the actual recipe!

Serving Size: 1 cocktail

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 4 large mint leaves (She substituted 1 shiso leaf, which tore into multiple pieces)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup brewed green tea
  • Chilled ounce white rum

Preparation: Muddle the lime juice, mint (or shiso), and sugar together in a Collins glass until the leaves bruise lightly and the flavors release. Add ice until glass is about 3/4 full and then pour in rum and green tea. Stir thoroughly.   

5. Honey Whiskey Sour

(Recipe via thekitchn.com)

The sour introduced by the lemons in this drink helps to take some of the heat off what’s a predominantly whiskey-based drink. Then you add honey, and voila! A little bit of sweetness to offset all that sour, and it’s a thing of beauty.

  • 2 oz whiskey
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz honey
  • 1/2 oz hot water

First, add the honey and hot water to your shaker, and from there stir the two ingredients together to create a syrup like texture. Then, simply add the rest of the ingredients, shake and pour into glass with ice.

6. Kachumber Cooler   

(Recipe via thekitchn.com)

The chili works nicely in this recipe to really crank up the heat, and then of course we can’t forget the cucumbers, which bring in a whole heaping ton of great health benefits, such as keeping you hydrated, flushing out toxins, and aiding in weight loss!

Serving Size: 1 cocktail

  • 2 half-inch slices of cucumber
  • 8 leaves fresh cilantro
  • 2 quarter-inch slices of fresh green finger chili
  • 1 3/4 ounce gin (Tabla uses Plymouth)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

Take the cucumber and cilantro and chili, and mix them together in a cocktail shaker until everything's well combined. From there add in your gin, simple syrup, lime, and shake it all up with a fiery passion. Last, strain that final mixture in a glass with a couple blocks of ice, and for style points consider garnishing the final product with a cucumber slice.

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