Drink Up! Spring Cocktail Recipes

March 28, 2014    |    By +
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Peeling off my coat and feeling the sun on my skin for the first time in months are just two of my favorite things about spring. My all-time favorite springtime happenings are the first gatherings with friends, where we relax al fresco, catch up on conversation and breathe in the fresh air. What is the perfect cocktail for an outdoor spring fete? Funny you should ask! The ladies at the Party BluPrints blog were generous enough to share three fabulous recipes that are just as delicious whether you’ll be serving one or 100 people at your next party. These are the drinks that back yards, decks and pools were made for.



Party Bluprints Moscow Mule

Sit outside on the new green grass and sip! The twist is substituting fresh squeezed juice from an orange instead of the traditional lime. The combination of the orange, ginger and fizz makes for a fun, light and springy cocktail that is sure to tickle your guests’ taste buds and appetite.


  •     2 tsp. fresh squeezed orange juice
  •     2 oz. vodka
  •     4 oz. ginger beer
  •     1 orange slice (garnish)


Juice oranges and set juice aside. Fill a Collins glass with ice. Add fresh juice, followed by the vodka. Top with ginger beer and garnish with an orange slice.

The Original Margarita – Party Bluprints Blog


  • 1 1/2 oz. 100% blue agave plata tequila
  • 3/4 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1-1/4 oz. Cointreau


Shake together all ingredients with fresh ice cubes in a cocktail shaker until well chilled, about a count of 10. Take one of the lime rinds and run it around the outside edge of a cocktail glass (Be careful to avoid the inside of the glass, or you’ll have salt in your drink.) Dip the edge of the glass into Kosher salt (iodized table salt just won’t work) so that half of the outside edge of the glass is coated. Strain the drink into the glass. You can also mix up a pitcher and serve in a rock glass with ice.



Traditional Mojito


  • 2 oz. white rum
  • Juice from 1 lime*
  • 4 fresh mint leaves (broken apart)
  • 1 tsp. sugar*
  •  2 oz. club soda
  • 1 sprig of fresh mint and lime wheel to garnish


Gently press together the limes and sugar at the bottom of the glass. Fill half the glass with crushed ice, then add the rum and stir. Top with a splash of soda and a sprig of mint.  *Adjust lime and sugar to your taste.

Cheers! Now, if you’re looking for the perfect spring hostess gifts or barware to dress up your own spring soiree, Gifts.com has got you covered.

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