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SPRING IS ALMOST HERE: 6 SEASON-STRADDLING COCKTAILS TO TIDE YOU OVER

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We’re getting closer and closer to the end of winter, which means spring is just around the corner. While we wait impatiently for it to arrive, enjoy yourself with these fresh, light cocktails that will help you envision a brighter, warmer season.

Cherry Blossom-Tini

In the midst of winter’s gloom, brighten things up with this fun, pink cocktail – a cosmopolitan with a twist. The surprise ingredient here is sake, which takes the place of vodka in the traditional recipe. It’ll add a hint of its trademark subtle sweetness to the cocktail. This drink still uses cranberry juice to give it its springy pink hue (the “cherry blossom” refers to the color, not the flavor), and it has a vibrant citrus note that will help you dream of the warm, sunny days ahead.

El Presidente

This cocktail hails from Cuba, but is far less well-known than its compatriots: mojitos and daiquiris. It’s made with a base of – you guessed it – rum, but it doesn’t rely on fruits that aren’t yet in season. Instead, it gets its sweet, fruity flavor from grenadine and orange curaçao.

Grapefruit Mojito

Speaking of Cuba’s best cocktails … This mojito takes advantage of the citrus season by featuring wonderfully tangy, sour grapefruit as the star ingredient. You can easily find mint in the produce section of your grocery store, which is the only other fresh ingredient you’ll need for this yummy, indulgent drink.

Rose Water Cointreau Fizz

You won’t be able to stop yourself from imaging spring roses blooming while sipping on this delicious drink. Don’t forget, you can use frozen raspberries (or substitute strawberries) if your local grocery store doesn’t yet have any fresh berries on hand. The splash of Cointreau and lime juice add that perfect hit of sunshine.

Irish Buck

This drink adds a spicy, citrusy hit to whiskey with ginger and lime. It’s the perfect drink for seeing winter out and welcoming spring in.

The Spring Buzz

Here’s another great cocktail using whiskey but with a surprise ingredient: chamomile tea. This is made much like a hot toddy, but served over ice with a hint of elderberry syrup and lemon juice.

If your home bar game is still hurting, check out The Slate’s blog for more tips on taking it to the next level.

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