Although it doesn’t quite feel like spring here in Ohio, I did smell the first signs of it this weekend with our 40 degree weather! It’s a cool, but fresh smell with a hint of sweetness. Do you know what I mean? Matt and I always talk about how we can smell a season before it arrives.
I know that spring is indeed coming, so I’m busy preparing for the sparkling sunshine and colorful flowers that are right around the corner. After returning from Las Vegas last week, I got a little dose of what’s to come, and felt a need to share it with friends who are still working to get our of their winter funk by delivering little doses of spring.
I got started on thinking about what exactly it is that makes me feel the spring. Do you know what it is for you? I know exactly what to put into a basket to help ‘Spread the Spring’ and even made a video to show you how to do it. For me, sweet, brightly colored cocktails, tulips, and fresh fruit topped my list. I love the bubbly freshness of prosecco in the warm days of spring, so I wanted to include a prosecco cocktail in my spring delivery. Since I can’t pre-mix a prosecco cocktail for my friends without the bubbles losing their bubbliness, I decided to create a mixer to be paired with a couple small bottles of bubbly and some other spring touches.
The cocktail shouldn’t be too sweetly summery, but just a little glimpse of the fruits that are to come. I used Simply Juice Drinks Mixed Berry to create a pretty pink cocktail mixer that is fruit focused with a zing of lemon (thanks to the added Limoncello!). The new line of Simply Juice Drinks are all natural, using simple ingredients and no preservatives and I knew they would get across the wonderful natural fruit flavors of spring quite well. To create the mixer, fill a bottle with half Limoncello and half Simply Mixed Berry. Then, add some fresh strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries to the bottle to enhance the fruit juices found in Simply Mixed Berry. The cocktail mixer is to be mixed half and half with prosecco for a spritzy, fresh spring cocktail which I call Limoncello Blush.
The Cocktail Card
I always love including a pretty little card with my care packages and in this case, I’ve used it to share the recipe for mixing the Limoncello Blush cocktail. The cards with their lightly watercolored backgrounds are so easy to make as well.
Just squeeze a pea-sized amount of watercolor paint into a small dish with two tablespoons of water, mix it up, but leave some heavier concentrated areas of paint so that the results are just a bit streaky. Then, brush several layers of the paint water onto heavy paper. Once dry, write the cocktail recipe onto the card and tie it onto the cocktail mixer bottle.
The beautiful part of these mixers is that you can make a few slightly different varieties with the different Simply Juice Drinks that are available. The trick is to make them fresh and fun. Here are my suggestions, or you can always grab some ideas here.
- 1 part Simply Mixed Berry
- 1 part Limoncello
- Fresh Berries
*Mix with prosecco 1/2 and 1/2 in a glass over ice. Garnish with mint and berries.
Spring Rum Punch
- 3 parts Simply Tropical
- 2 part rum
- 1 part grenadine
- Juice of one lime
*Mix with prosecco 1/2 and 1/2 in a glass over ice. Garnish with lime and a cherry.
- 2 parts Simply Fruit Punch
- 1 part Triple Sec
- Juice of one lime
*Mix with prosecco 1/2 and 1/2 in a glass over ice. Garnish with lime.
The Whole Package
A cocktail alone (albeit with natural fruits, juices, and bubbly) is still just a cocktail. I wanted to make this a spring experience in a basket, so I included some fresh fruit to use as garnish as well as some pretty spring tulips wrapped in kraft paper. I’ve repackaged the fruit and the flowers so that they can be broken down and divided among several cheerful packages. A little berry basket for the fruit is just $1 from Etsy and Kraft paper for the flowers is a staple in my house.
Now here is the hard part – you’ve got to give them away! Pack up a few of these fresh, cheerful, spring treats and give them to those in your life who could use a little spring.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Simply Beverages, but all opinions expressed are my own and are unbiased and based on my personal views.