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Spring Cocktails and Mocktails

Does sitting on the patio sipping on a refreshingly fruity concoction while reading the latest issue of AKA Mom on your Kindle seem like an unreachable dream? Well it isn’t! Send the kids to grandma’s and throw on your most fabulous pair of shades… WINTER IS OVER BABY! If grandma is busy, your concoction can easily turn from “cocktail” to “mocktail” and the kids can enjoy it too!

Here are a few of our favorites that are sure to put a “spring” in your step!

Kiwi Berry Caipiroska (cocktail)

This is a very simple addition to the classic Caipiroska recipe, with a fabulous color, and a lovely spring flavor. A nice variation on this drink is to add vanilla-infused caster sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 45 mls (1 ½ oz) 1 ½ parts 42BELOW Kiwifruit
  • 10 mls (1/3 oz) 1/3 part gomme or simple syrup
  • 4 strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 4 wedges of lime

Recipe:

In a Mixing glass, muddle the limes and strawberries together with the sugar syrup. Add 42BELOW Kiwifruit, and fill with ice. Shake vigorously, and pour all into a Rocks glass.

Garnish:

With a chubby little strawberry

Green Grape Glacier (mocktail)

Kids and grown ups alike love this grapey glass of sunshine. It’s not only yummy but good for you too!

Ingredients:

  • 12 seedless green grapes
  • 4 oz white grape juice
  • 4 oz cold sparkling water

Recipe:

Freeze the grapes until hard. Combine 10 frozen grapes and grape juice in a blender and process about 20 seconds, or until smooth and thick. Pour the grape mix into a highball glass. Add the sparkling water. Stir gently.

Garnish:

Top with the remaining 2 frozen grapes.

Sejuicer (cocktail)

A tropical blend of Kiwi and mango juice, lengthened with the aroma of fresh mint.

Ingredients:

  • 30 mls (1 oz) 1 part 42BELOW Kiwifruit
  • 1 mint sprig
  • 150 mls (5 oz) 5 parts mango juice

Recipe:

Fill a Highball glass with ice, and add 42BELOW Kiwifruit and mango juice.

Garnish:

With a mint sprig

Sea Breeze (mocktail)

You’ll be on your way to paradise with this light and fruity drink!

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • cracked ice

Recipe:

Shake all ingredients in cocktail shaker and pour.

Garnish:

Add a slice of lime and cherry for an extra splash of color.

Beyond Compear (cocktail)

Delicious is the only word needed to describe this drink!

Ingredients:

  • 30 mls (1 oz) 1 part 42BELOWKiwifruit
  • Dash of Disaronno amaretto
  • 150 mls (5 oz) 5 parts pear juice
  • 8 mint leaves
  • Mint sprig to garnish

Recipe:

Fill a Highball glass with crushed ice, add mint leaves, 42BELOW Kiwifruit, amaretto, and top with pear juice.  ‘Churn’ using a bar-spoon.

Garnish:

With a mint sprig

Cranberry Sparkler (mocktail)

Put a little spark into your next spring fling!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup club soda or Sprite
  • dash lime juice
  • ice

Recipe:

Place ice at bottom of glass. Pour in cranberry juice, followed by club soda. Top with a quick squirt of lime juice and stir.

Garnish:

Add a slice of lime to the glass.

Honey Julep (cocktail)

A twist on the classic Mint Julep, given a tropical sweetness with fresh pineapple, in the style of the famous ‘Monk Antrim’s Julep’. The Monk was a famous bartender who kept watch at Luzon’s Hotel in Manila in the 1930s.

Ingredients:

  • 30 mls (1 oz) 42BELOW Manuka Honey
  • 15 mls (1/2 oz) pineapple juice
  • 15 mls (1/2 oz) ½ part gomme or simple syrup
  • 6 chunks of pineapple
  • 12 mint leaves
  • Dash of Angostura bitters

Recipe:

In a Highball glass, muddle together the pineapple and mint with simple syrup, and add spirits and juice. Fill with crushed ice and ‘churn’ before serving.

Garnish:

With a pineapple chunk and a mint sprig

Mai Tai (mocktail)

Craving something a little more exotic, give the Mai Tai a try. This slightly sour, slightly sweet and citrusy drink will send your taste buds on vacation.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • crushed ice

Recipe:

Place crushed ice at the bottom of glass. Pour ingredients, stir, and serve.

Garnish:

Float a thin slice of pineapple on the top of the glass. Consider adding an umbrella for a bit of extra fun.

 Passion Sangria (cocktail)

A Sangria, or ‘little blood’, is a classic ‘punch’ from Andalusia, the baking hot region of southern Spain. Many of the local wines produced in this region were often thin and prone to oxidation. Combining them with the fruits and juices of a particular village made the wine go further, and also made the wines more palatable.

Poor wine is less of an issue for the modern bartender, and now we can craft Sangria that showcases the fruit flavors of wines like rose, or using the sangria as a ‘punch’ blueprint, in the case of this delicious Passion Sangria. This can also be made in large batches for parties, or as a ‘house punch’ for bars that offer early evening drink specials.

Ingredients:

  • 30 mls (1 oz) 1 part 42BELOW Passionfruit
  • 90 mls (3 oz) 3 parts rosé wine
  • 90 mls (3 oz) 3 parts soda water
  • 10 mls (1/3 oz) 1/3 part gomme or simple syrup
  • 6 slices of summer fruit, eg nectarines or orange
  • 8 mint leaves
  • Orange slice to garnish

Recipe:

Fill a Collins glass with ice, and add fruits and mint leaves. Add 42BELOW Passionfruit, wine and simple syrup. Stir well, and keep stirring as you add soda water, until well mixed.

Garnish:

With an orange slice and serve

Banana Colada (mocktail)

If you like coconut and banana, this twist on the classic Pina Colada is right up your alley.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 banana
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut creme

Recipe:

Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth and icy.

Garnish:

Be creative!

Find other 42Below cocktail recipes available at www.42below.com