Pictured: Sloe Gin Fizz recipe from CHOW
Whether you celebrate Easter or not, the sight of Cadbury Creme Eggs and marshmallow Peeps on grocery store shelves is always a welcome sign of spring. Candy is all fine and good, but why not cheers to the changing seasons with these 11 beverages instead? Trust me, you won’t regret it.
1. Tom Collins
People have been sipping Tom Collinses since at least 1877, and it’s easy to see why: its “simple elegance” pairs with all of the leeks, peas, and greens that start to peek out in spring. Get our Tom Collins recipe.
2. Weingut Schloss Gobelsburg – Gobelsburger Zweigelt 2011
Not many reach for red wine in the spring, but what makes a wine seasonal isn’t its color, but its weight and body. This Blaufrankisch and St. Laurent is light in body and color, with a lively acidity that makes it perfect for those 50 degree days. Find out more here.
3. Traditional Radler
“Radler” means cyclists in German, and we have no problem seeing how they could treat a 1:1 Lager and lemon soda mixture as a sports drink. Its low alcohol makes it perfect for whiling away those first warm days in the park. Get our Traditional Radler recipe.
4. Negroni Bianco
Negroni lovers needn’t fret Spring’s arrival. A simple swap of Cocchi American and gin make this drink temperature appropriate. To lighten up, we love his suggestion of trading gin for sparkling water, too. Get the recipe here.
5. Lady Mary
This light-with-a-bite cocktail not only suits the PBS character it’s named for, but a whole matter of light spring dishes. Get the recipe here.
6. Ravines – Keuka Village White Finger Lakes 2013
This Cayuga and Vignoles blend from New York has essences of bosc pear and honeydew melon and is decidedly food-friendly and refreshing. A perfect match for light cream soups. Find out more here.
7. Virgin Gin and Tonic
This recipe relies on infusing de-alcoholized white wine with the essences of gin–juniper, anise, lemon and coriander. It’s a delicious choice for those looking for a crisp non-alcoholic drink. Get our Virgin Gin and Tonic recipe.
8. Ramos Gin Fizz
Rich in texture, but light in flavor, the Ramos Gin Fizz is both a great aperitif or a dessert in a glass. Take it easy, though, as these are more potent than they appear. Get our Ramos Gin Fizz recipe.
9. Chateau Moncontour – Vouvray Demi-Sec 2012
This off-dry 100% Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley is soft and rounded, with a slightly heavier body and essences of almond and white flowers. Find out more here.
10. Spiked Hibiscus Arnold Palmers
It’s the hibiscus tea ice cubes that are the real game changer here, but this fruity take on the tea-and-lemonade classic is just begging for a porches and warm breezes. Get the recipe here.
11. Rhubarb Collins
Rhubarb is the quintessential spring vegetable, with its bright pink and green stalks perfectly color-coordinating with the season. This cocktail is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Get the recipe here.
Kelley Peters is a Brooklyn-based wine writer and educator. She still sometimes gets confused in wine shops.