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8 Cocktails to Get You in the Mood for April

April showers bring May flowers, right? But April isn’t necessarily a rainy month across the United States. And flowers begin blooming a lot sooner than May in parts of the South. So make of that what you will.

Still, the transition from winter to spring is one of the most anticipated times of the year. The cold winter months have come and gone, the sun is shining, the ground comes to life, and it is once again enjoyable to be outside. It also signals a time when we change our drinking habits and think about spring cocktails, so here’s a list of cocktails and mocktails that will awaken your taste buds from the winter blues.

Lavender Lemon Drop Cocktail
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Lavender Lemon Drop

“You will need: lemon vodka and juice, lavender, simple syrup

If you have yet to enjoy the sweet floral taste of lavender in a drink, seize this opportunity. It will both amaze and delight your palate and show you the true beauty of lavender cocktails.

The Lavender Lemon Drop is a spin on a familiar martini and it’s as simple as muddling a few lavender buds. The difference is both subtle and remarkable, one that’s guaranteed to break you out of that winter rut.”

Easter Bunny Cocktail
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Easter Bunny

“You will need: vodka, creme de cacao, chocolate syrup, cherry brandy

Yummy bunny! Easter would not be the same without chocolate, and the Easter Bunny cocktail will take care of your springtime sweet tooth. It’s an absolutely delightful drink that has a little of everything.

The recipe calls for both a chocolate liqueur and syrup, which are paired with the vodka of your choice. All of this is accented by the sweet touch of cherry brandy to make it a memorable experience.”

Elderflower Cocktail
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Elderflower Cocktail

“You will need: elderflower liqueur, Champagne, club soda

Hosting an early spring brunch? Bring this charming cocktail to the table and impress everyone. They don’t have to know that it’s incredibly simple, either.

Elderflower may not bloom until May, but with a liqueur like St. Germain, you can get a jump start on the season. The floral flavor comes to life under the bubbling wine and it’s hard to outshine this drink’s brilliance.”

Colleen Graham's Green Lemonade Mocktail
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Green Lemonade

“You will need: lemonade, limeade, kiwi, simple syrup

Few things go better with a spring breeze than a tall, refreshing glass of lemonade. This mocktail is a flavorful twist on that favorite and it’s a fun drink to share with the entire family.

To create the Green Lemonade, you will dress up your favorite lemonade recipe with limeade or lime cordial and a few pieces of muddled kiwi. It’s a fantastic new way to enjoy a warm-weather staple.”

English Rose Cocktail
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English Rose

“You will need: gin, dry vermouth, apricot brandy, lemon juice, grenadine

Enjoy this fruity twist on the classic Gin Martini as you watch your flowers peek from the ground. It is delightfully simple and is sure to please your taste buds.

Apricot brandy is the perfect accent for spring cocktails. In the English Rose, it is accented with sweet lemon and pomegranate flavors so there are plenty of flavors to enjoy.”

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Sparkling Shamrock

“You will need: pear vodka, elderflower liqueur, cucumber, lemon juice, simple syrup, lemonade

All of the best flavors of spring come together in a single glass. While the Sparkling Shamrock sounds like the ideal St. Patrick’s Day cocktail, it can carry you through the entire season and beyond.

Few flavor pairings can be described as being as fresh as pear, elderflower, and cucumber. It really is a match made in garden heaven. When you add the lemonade (or club soda, if you prefer) along with a fresh mint and cucumber garnish, it is an absolute pleasure.”

April Rain Cocktail
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April Rain

“You will need: vodka, dry vermouth, lime juice

A touch of lime for your Vodka Martini? An April Rain is both refreshing and uplifting, the perfect Saturday afternoon cocktail after a morning of spring cleaning.

This recipe is a bit like the classic Gimlet cocktail because it’s simple and lime juice takes center stage. It also includes vermouth along with your favorite vodka, so it’s a fantastic way to freshen up your martini.”

Colleen Graham's Lilac Shandy Drink Recipe
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Lilac Lemon Drop Martini

“You will need: light beer, lilac lemonade

Yes, you can drink your lilacs! Lilacs are among the first blooms of the season and there’s no better way to celebrate spring than to bring the tiny flowers into your drinks.

The Lilac Lemon Drop Martini begins with a homemade lilac simple syrup, which is added to a fresh lemonade. Once you have that mixed up, just add your favorite light beer and a magical spring cocktail is yours to enjoy.”

(The Spruce Eats is responsible for the original recipes contained in this article.)
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