The change of seasons brings in new wardrobes, new attitudes, and new weather. We face new challenges and our body and mind are naturally ready to face them. Just like our food habits, the chefs also change and adapt their menus and ingredients with the change in seasons. They use the season to their advantage and use fresh ingredients in their cooking and some even change the menu to align more perfectly with the season.
Apart from including seasonal food items on the menu, you should also introduce seasonal cocktails to complement the food. Here are some seasonal cocktails that can be included in the menu all year round.
April to June: Spring Seasonal Cocktails
This is when the days start getting longer and the weather starts to get warmer with the chill dissipating under the weak sunshine. Fresh and tasty ingredients start growing during the early harvest and then suddenly it’s time for Julep. April and May are when the berries become ripe and can be used beautifully to create spring cocktails.
Apart from berries, springtime is when fresh herbs like sage, basil, mint, and cilantro are in great supply and are used as a surprise element in cocktails. Some iconic spring cocktails are Spring Sangria, Julep, and Moscow Mule.
Here is the recipe of Spring Sangria to make your spring more beautiful.
- White wine, dry, 12 parts
- Peachtree liqueur, 2 ½ parts
- Lemonade concentrate, 6 tbsp
- Sugar, ¼ cup
- Grapes and peach
- Lemon wheel for garnishing
How to Make this Seasonal Cocktail?
Take a large pitcher and mix the wine, flavored liqueur, sugar, and lemonade together. Stir until the sugar dissolves and then add in the chopped fruit. Refrigerate the mixture until you are ready to serve. Top it with garnishing and serve to your guests.
- July to September: Summer Seasonal Cocktails
Once spring comes to an end, the summer comes dashing to our doorstep with its scorching heat. The barbeques come out and the season of pool parties starts. The best way to endure the long summer is by enjoying some cool cocktails. Chefs and bartenders make these cocktails more refreshing by using fresh, seasonal fruits like watermelon, mangoes, apricots, cucumber, and peaches. Keep cool this summer with Hard Lemonade, Piña Colada, Picnic Punch, Watermelon Punch, and Mojito.
Follow the recipe below to make out-of-the-world Picnic Punch cocktails for your family and friends
- Raspberry flavored vodka, 1 part
- Ginger Ale, 3 parts
- Fruit Popsicles
How to Prepare this Cocktail?
It is very easy to make the Picnic Punch. You just have to mix all the ingredients and serve them in a pitcher. Instead of ice, use the fruit popsicles.
- October to December: Fall Seasonal Cocktails
Finally, the summer ends and the scorching heat dips slowly and steadily and the fall sets in. As the temperatures go down so do the leaves of trees. The fall season brings with it ingredients like pomegranate, pumpkin, and persimmons which can be used in making a wide variety of awesome fall seasonal cocktails like Pomegranate Bourbon, Spiced Persimmon Old Fashion, or the Pumpkin Punch.
You can also add fresh pears, butternut, and apples to enhance the taste of these cocktails. As it gets cooler, people prefer to go for drinks that are thick, spicy, and rich in flavor. If these cocktails can be served warm, then there’s nothing like it! Apart from the above-mentioned cocktails, some of the other popular fall drinks are Warm Apple Brandy, Hot Toddy, and Irish Coffee.
A Pumpkin Pie Martini can turn any gathering into something special. So, here is the recipe of this amazing cocktail to enhance the holiday cheer. Also, you won’t be needing forks to indulge in this delicacy.
- Buttershot flavored schnapps, ½ part
- Vodka, whipped, ½ part
- Spiced rum, ½ part
- Pumpkin puree, ½ part
- Half and half, 2 parts
- Pumpkin spice, 1 dash
- Whipped cream
How to Make Pumpkin Martini Pie?
Fill and shaker with ice and add in all the ingredients. Shake the concoction well and strain it into a martini glass. Garnish the seasonal cocktail with whipped cream and serve.
- January to March: Winter Cocktails
With the fall bidding goodbye comes the freezing winter with its chilly winds and snow. Winter is the season for cocktail lovers as it gives them the power to face the chill. Cranberries, cinnamon, and whiskey are the key highlights of winter cocktails and feature in many of the seasonal concoctions prominently.
Moreover, with Christmas and New Year celebrations round the corner, holiday-inspired cocktails are popular with the crowd. Winter seasonal cocktails like Ginger Snap, Hot Buttered Rum, Cocoa Candy Cane, and Peppermint Martini are some of the crowd favorites.
Moreover, whipped cream and candy cane garnishes are Christmas crowd winners. Add a touch of elegance to the New Year celebrations with champagne-based cocktails. Another great liqueur that fits the winter spirit fabulously is gin, especially when served with a hint of cardamom, juniper, or anise.
Here are the instructions for preparing the Naughty Hot Chocolate Cocktail for Christmas Celebrations.
- Vodka, 1 Part
- Peppermint Schnapps, ½ part
- Hot Chocolate
- Whipped Cream
- Candy Canes
How to Make Naughty Hot Chocolate Cocktail?
Mix the Vodka, Schnapps, and Hot Chocolate together in a container. Use crushed candy canes to rim the mug and pour in the mixture. Garnish with cherries and whipped cream and serve it to your guests.
These are some of the best seasonal cocktails that you can prepare all year round to complement the change in weather and mood. Mix ’em up and impress your friends and family with your cocktail-making skills!