Signature Spring Cocktails

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Springtime refreshments are blooming just like the flowers and nothing is more refreshing than a signature cocktail whipped up by my favorite bartender Emily from Gatsby’s Landing in Roslyn. Spring is a time to make your taste buds come alive and these five heady concoctions have a decided fresh spring spirit.

Rose Watermelon Sangria

4 oz of Notorious Pink
Rose
Splash of gin
Fresh lemon
Watermelon slice to garnish

This pink sangria recipe skips the added sugar and uses sparkling pink wine with gin to make a delicious and light refreshing cocktail.

Spring Garden

1 oz lemon vodka
Fresh lemon
Apple slices
Mint

This cocktail is guaranteed to refresh you at your first sip, hinting at the layers of flavor bursting through.

Compari Nobile

1 oz Limoncello
2 oz Campari
1 oz vodka
Muddled raspberry
Splash of orange juice

Add ice and place in shaker to mix. Strain ice and serve in a martini glass.

Mojito

Mint leaves
½ lime cut into wedges
Raw sugar
Ice cubes
1½ oz light rum
½ cup club soda

Mix ingredients and serve in a tall glass over ice. Perfect for a hot summer day.

Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita

½ cup white tequila
¼ cup orange liqueur
¼ cup simple syrup, or more as needed
4 thin slices cucumber
1 jalapeño, halved lengthwise
Ice, for serving

Mix together the lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, simple syrup, cucumber and jalapeños in a large pitcher. Chill for at least one hour allowing flavors to infuse into the drink). Serve over ice in salt-rimmed glasses, if desired.

If you like a little kick in your drink, this is the perfect cocktail to sip.

Cool and sweet with a spicy finish.

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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