Help Me Rhonda_Rhonda's Spring Cocktails

These warm temps are cause for celebration! Grab your favorite go-to ensemble and enjoy some of my favorite spring inspired cocktails.

Saketinis with Cucumber

I love these little martinis made with sake and cucumber. They’re so light and fresh. Like a day at the spa, with a kick of course.

Saketinis with Cucumber

Black Russian (with Kahlua)

This is a lighter version of the White Russian, without the cream. It’s one part Kahlua and 2 parts Vodka (Grey Goose or Tito’s, for me). I love the depth of the coffee flavor and, when served over ice, it’s refreshing and light enough for spring.

Black Russian with Kahlua

Vodka and Soda

If you’re looking for a relatively low calorie spring beverage, this is one of my favorites. It has the wonderful sparkle of the soda water and the crispness of vodka. If you like sweeter drinks, use a lemon/lime soda as the base.

Vodka and Soda

Lavender Lemonade (with vodka)

Every woman needs a signature drink and this one makes a statement.  Lavender-infused vodka is all the rage. Mix it with lemonade and you have a drink that tastes like it’s fresh out of the garden. If there was ever a drink that encapsulated spring, this is it.

 

Garnish it with a sprig of lavender for a beverage that’s almost too pretty to drink. Almost.

Lavendar Lemonade with Vodka

April Rain (with vodka)

This beverage even sounds springy. It’s a twist on the traditional martini. Two ounces (or whatever your cup holds) of vodka meets ½ an ounce of lime juice and a half an ounce of dry vermouth. Then the magic happens.

April Rain with Vodka

Dirty Martini with Olives

While we’re talking about martinis, why not get dirty? The dirty martini is another one of my faves. It’s a traditional vodka martini which has been sullied by olive juice. Delish!
Dirty Martini

Slightly Dirty Martini

You’re either a dirty girl or you’re not. If you are, try a little twist on the recipe above and use blue cheese stuffed olives instead of plain. I could almost have this beverage for dinner (alone) it’s so scrumptious.

Slightly Dirty Martini

Vodka with a Splash of Cran

Some people call it a Cape Codder, others merely order it by ingredients, but it’s one of the most refreshing drinks around. The recipe is simple, cranberry juice and vodka to taste. Some people prefer a small shot of vodka and mostly cranberry, but I like my juice to add the prettiest touch of garnet and no more. Just a splash.

 

One of the things that makes this drink so popular is that people who don’t enjoy vodka or mixed drinks, enjoy this one because the tartness of the cranberry juice conceals the taste of the vodka.  I like to taste my vodka, so I add just a splash.

Vodka with Cranberry

Lime and Agave Patron Margarita

I’m going to step off of my preference for vodka for a moment and share a warm weather classic – the Margarita.  Take a ¼ cup of Patron Tequila and add a tablespoon of agave syrup. Squeeze in some lime and shake it with some ice. Serve it up in a salt-rimmed glass and you have the taste of outdoor parties on your lips.

Lime Margarita

What are your favorite concoctions? Share them with me on social media, #upallnightcocktails. XO