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5 spring cocktails that will fizz up your Easter weekend

by Veronica Golawski - April 12, 2017

There’s a lot to love about spring! The bitter cold of winter has subsided and beautiful flowers are in bloom – no wonder we find ourselves celebrating at this wonderful time of year. From Easter Sunday to May Day, April is full of celebratory traditions that date back hundreds of years. Take this long weekend to discover more about your favourite springtime celebrations – and enjoy a few special fizzy tipples along the way!

1. Spring Punch

Legend has it that the celebration of Easter originated with an Anglo-Saxon goddess by the name of Eostre. Eostre symbolised revival and rebirth, and it was she who breathed life back into the world after a long and cold winter. So, while Easter today may be more closely tied to the Christian holiday, it’s commonly believed to have had its roots in this pagan celebration. No matter why (or even if) you celebrate this day, a fizzy Spring Punch cocktail is the perfect thing to enjoy on an April afternoon.

Ingredients:

35ml Chambord, or other raspberry liqueur
20ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed
15ml raspberry purée
sparkling wine, chilled
lemon peel or wedge, to garnish
raspberry, to garnish

Method:

In a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice, shake the liqueur, lemon juice, and purée together. Strain the mixture into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a lemon twist or wedge and a raspberry.

2. The ‘I Don’t Dance’ Cocktail

Morris Dancing is a form of folk dancing that dates way back to the 1400s, when it was a popular spectacle performed at the English courts. Wearing colourful costumes with dangling bells and pendants, Morris dancers performed at church festivals and, by the late 16th century, became closely attached to May Day celebrations. If you’d rather imbibe than jive, check out this Black Velvet-inspired tipple.

Ingredients:

200ml sparkling wine
30ml Campari
45ml Irish stout, chilled
cherry, to garnish

Method:

Pour sparkling wine into a large coupe glass until about 75% full. Add the Campari and allow the drink to sit until the fizziness reduces a bit. Carefully add the Irish stout to your cocktail by holding a spoon face down over the glass and pouring the stout slowly over the back of the spoon. Garnish with a cherry and serve.

3. May Day Cocktail

Every year, across the globe, the first of May is celebrated as ‘May Day’. This ancient spring tradition dates back to an old Roman festival called ‘Floralia’ that honoured the Roman goddess of the same name. Around the world, different cultures celebrate May Day in different ways, but one tradition found all across Europe is that of the maypole.

The origins of this custom have been debated for many years. Some folklorists argue that the dance originated as part of a Germanic fertility ritual, while others claim it is a representation of the world’s axis mundi, or the ‘pillar of the earth’. Sip on this May Day tipple while you ponder away.

Ingredients:

15ml gin
15ml Aperol
15ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 tbsp sugar syrup
3 dashes Fee Brothers rhubarb bitters (optional)
60ml sparkling wine, chilled

Method:

In a mixing glass, combine the gin, Aperol, lemon juice, sugar syrup and rhubarb bitters. Pour into a chilled glass and top with sparkling wine.

4. Midnight Kiss

Source: Celebrations

With the common theme of rebirth and renewal, it should come as no surprise that eggs are a popular symbol of springtime. Exchanging and eating Easter eggs is a longstanding tradition in the UK, but chocolate eggs have replaced the real thing in the last century or so.

The Victorians were the first to exchange chocolate at this time of year, thanks to technological advances that made it relatively cheap and easy to mass-produce various shapes and sizes of sweets. Today, an Easter without a chocolate egg simply doesn’t seem right! As you nibble on a creamy creation or two, why not sip this sweet sparkler on the side?

Ingredients:

30ml amaretto
30ml chocolate liqueur
120ml sparkling wine, chilled
chocolate shavings, to garnish
sugar syrup

Method:

Dip a Martini glass in sugar syrup and rim the glass with chocolate shavings. Set aside. In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine amaretto and chocolate liqueur. Add in sparkling wine. Strain the mixture into the chocolate-rimmed glass and serve.

5. Mellow Yellow Mimosa

Egg decorating isn’t just for Easter – this tradition has taken place around the world for centuries, with the oldest engraved eggshells dating back 60,000 years! However, this practice is most common during springtime celebrations, thanks, no doubt, to the egg’s role as a symbol of rebirth and renewal.

The Egyptians often decorate boiled eggs during Sham el-Nessim, a national holiday marking the beginning of spring. Iranians also paint eggs during their celebration of the Persian New Year, or Nowruz. Russian court artist, Peter Carl Fabergé, even became famous for introducing ostentatious, gem-encrusted ‘Imperial’ Easter eggs to the Romanovs! We think we’ll stick to simple pastel coloured creations and this bright cocktail instead.

Ingredients:

30ml limoncello
sparkling wine, chilled
lemon peel to garnish

Method:

Pour limoncello into a chilled flute glass. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a twist of lemon.

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