Five Spring Cocktails with Five Ingredients or Less

April 9, 2014 | By | Comments (1)
photo Five Spring Cocktails with Five Ingredients or Less

Clair McLafferty’s Ward 8

With sunnier days ahead, it’s finally time to bust out brighter, bolder flavors like lemon, lime, orange and mint. Birmingham cocktail creator Clair McLafferty, a fixture at local favorite Octane, a coffee shop-bar hybrid in the Homewood neighborhood, is sharing five classic cocktails that are perfecting for toasting to the winter vortex’s end.

And with only five ingredients or less, you can spend less time mixing and more time sipping on the porch.

Ward 8

1 tsp – 0.5 oz grenadine (to taste)
0.5 oz lemon juice
.75 oz orange juice
2 oz bourbon

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until cooled through and strain into a coupe glass. Garish with an orange wedge.

Tom Collins

1 oz simple syrup
1 oz lemon juice
2 oz gin

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until cooled through and strain into a Collins glass. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon wedge.

 Daisy De Santiago

0.75 tsp Yellow Chartreuse or Strega
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz lime juice
2 oz rum

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until cooled through and strain into a Collins glass. Top with club soda and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Classic Margarita

0.5 oz agave nectar or simple syrup
0.5 oz Cointreau, Triple sec or Dry Curacao
0.5 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz lime juice
2 oz tequila

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until cooled through and strain into a coupe glass rimmed with salt.

Cucumber Mint Splash

2 slices cucumber
5-7 mint leaves
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz lime juice
2 oz vodka

Muddle cucumber slices and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake vigorously until cooled through. Strain into a chilled Collins glass and top with tonic water. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

COMMENTS

  1. Laura

    Cocktails and Wine are a big part in my decision over choosing a restaurant. Last weekend I visited a place with the greates wine offer: http://cornerstonebistro.com/ The food was delicious, it paired up the wine perfectly!

    April 21, 2014 at 11:05 am

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