The air outside is slowly – but surely! – growing warmer by the day, and as April starts to shower us with dreams of a full-fledged spring, it’s time to put down the hot cocoa and pick up something a little more refreshing.
Looking for some new sweet sips to ring in the spring weather? Try out one of these easy recipes!
Strawberry Basil Margaritas (Pitcher Cocktail)
1 pitcher = about 8 servings
10-12 fresh strawberries
1 can (12 fluid ounces) frozen limeade concentrate (or lemonade, if you prefer the taste)
6-8 basil leaves
2-2 1/2 cups tequila
In a large pitcher, empty your limeade concentrate and mix well with 2.5 cans of water. Add your 2-2.5 cups of tequila, depending on how strong you’d like your cocktail.
Hull (skin or peel) your strawberries if desired, but just be sure to cut off the stems, and slice them lengthwise. Add these along with your basil leaves to your pitcher.
Let your pitcher rest in the fridge overnight, or for at least four hours. Soon your tasty pink-red margaritas will be ready to serve. Don’t be afraid to garnish!
Lavender Lemonade (Nonalcoholic Pitcher Cocktail)
Recipe adapted (and photo borrowed) from Eat Yourself Skinny
1 pitcher = 8 servings
6 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 cups fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp dried lavender
1 lemon, sliced (garnish)
Combine two cups of water and 1/2 cup sugar over medium heat and bring to a boil, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the mixture from heat and stir in honey and dried lavender. Allow to steep by covering for 15 minutes.
In a large pitcher, combine your steeped mixture with fresh lemon juice and 4 cups water. If desired, add a drop each of blue and red food coloring to give your lemonade that extra lavender glow.
Chill for 2 hours before serving over ice.