Ring in spring with a cocktail to celebrate the warm weather on the horizon. Ketel One Vodka and Zacapa Rum have both provided their takes on seasonal serves, using iconic flavors that only start to show up once the first blossoms bloom.
As we begin to shed the layers, brighten up our wardrobes, and mix floral or fruity notes into some of our favorite recipes, it’s a great time to think about how else we can welcome spring. Changing up your cocktail routine for the new season is one of these ways to keep your sipping experience fresh.
Fruity flavors reign supreme in springtime, and Ketel One Botanical created a spritz perfect for any brunch-time toast. The Peaches & Cranberry Spritz includes Ketel One Botanical Peach & Orange Blossom, cranberry bitters, and a bit of bubble. Meanwhile, Zacapa Rum created The Queen’s Road, which uses orange juice to create a crisp cocktail that could easily replace any mimosa.
Should someone be looking for a drink that’s a bit more classic, the Ketel One Vodka Peach Tea-Ni and Zacapa’s Zegroni hit the mark. While the Peach Tea-Ni uses fresh lemon juice and white tea to create a signature serve perfect for a garden party, the Zegroni is a fresh twist on the bitter classic.
Peaches & Cranberry Spritz – Recipe by Goop
- 1½ ounces Ketel One Botanical Peach & Orange Blossom
- 2 dashes cranberry bitters
- 3 ounces Fever Tree soda water
- Garnish with cranberries
METHOD: Combine all ingredients and serve in a wine glass over ice. Garnish with a cranberry.
The Queen’s Road – Created by Mixologist Lynnette Marrero – Serving: 1
- 1.5 ounces Zacapa 23
- .5 ounce orange juice
- .5 ounce lime juice
- .5 ounce ginger syrup (1:1 fresh ginger juice to sugar, blended)
- .5 ounce honey syrup (1:1, honey:water)
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
Garnish: mint, orange peel
METHOD: Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled rocks glass over ice. Garnish with mint and orange peel.
Ketel One Vodka’s Peach Tea-Ni
- 1.5 oz. Ketel One® Vodka
- 0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 0.5 oz. simple syrup
- 1.5 oz. white tea (steeped with white cranberry juice and fresh muddled raspberries)
- 2 dashes lemon bitters
METHOD: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and shake with ice. Double strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and raspberry.
- 1.5 oz Zacapa No. 23
- 0.75 oz Italian Vermouth
- 0.75 oz Italian Herbal Aperitif
- Orange Twist
METHOD: Combine all ingredients except orange twist in a rocks glass with ice. Stir gently and garnish with an orange twist.