Drinks for Spring

by Ben Buckley
Cocktails & Mocktails
Courtesy Photo

“At Brasserie JO, in Boston, Massachusetts, we celebrate spring with mixed drinks that are light and refreshing and made unique with our own house-made syrups.

Our Bloom Berry alcohol-free mocktail turns lemonade into a sophisticated drink for adults with a touch of black pepper flavor. Whiskey is popular year-round, and in spring we like a little sweetness in our Sweet Talk whiskey cocktail with vanilla and honey. Floral touches in cocktails are a new trend to be found in our Spring Fling vodka cocktail with lavender-infused syrup.”

O Wind, If Spring comes, can Summer be far behind?

Ingredients

Makes 1 drink

59 ml (2 ounces) lemonade
30 ml (1 ounce) Black Pepper Syrup (see recipe)
Splash of Soda
2-3 mint leaves
1 heaping teaspoon blueberries
Lemon wedge

Preparation

In a shaker combine the lemonade, Black Pepper Syrup and mint. Muddle the mixture to mix it and lightly crush the mint. Pour into a tall glass filled with ice, add a splash of soda and the blueberries. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Ingredients

Makes 177 ml (3/4 cup)

100 grams (1/2 cup) sugar
10-15 whole black peppercorns

Preparation

In a small saucepan combine the sugar, peppercorns, and 118 ml (1/2 cup) water. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool, then cover and refrigerate.

Ingredients

Makes 1 drink

59 ml (2 ounces) Finlandia Vodka
30 ml (1 ounce) lemonade
30 ml (1 ounce) Lavender Syrup (see recipe)
2-3 fresh basil leaves

Preparation

In a shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, lemonade, Lavender Syrup and basil. Shake well and strain into a martini glass.

Ingredients

Makes 177 ml (3/4 cup)

100 grams (1/2 cup) sugar
2 tablespoons dried edible lavender

Preparation

In a small saucepan combine the sugar, lavender, and 118 ml (1/2 cup) water. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool, then cover and refrigerate.

Ingredients

Makes 1 drink

59 ml (2 ounces) Weller Special Reserve Whiskey
44 ml (1.5 ounces) Vanilla Bean Honey Syrup (see recipe)
15 ml (.5 ounce) fresh lemon juice

Preparation

In a shaker filled with ice, combine the whiskey, Vanilla Bean Honey Syrup and lemon juice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass.

Ingredients

Makes 177 ml (3/4 cup)

100 grams (1/2 cup) sugar
59 ml (1/4 cup) honey
1 split vanilla bean, or substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla essence (extract)

Preparation

In a small saucepan combine the sugar, honey, vanilla bean and 118 ml (1/2 cup) water. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool, then cover and refrigerate.