2 Spring Cocktails You’ll Want to Try!

Spring is nature’s way of saying “let’s party!”   With sunshine showers and blooming flowers, why not bring on cocktail hours?

Bogue has two spring cocktail recipes to enjoy no matter the occasion. Start with Bogue’s Vitzellen Vodka and Bombshell Gin and add a few more ingredients for a refreshing cocktail that will lift your spirits this spring.  

Start springtime off right with Bombshell Gin in “Leaves of Grass”. This recipe is easy to make and will become an all-time favorite for sitting on the porch taking in the fresh air.

Leaves of Grass

2 oz Bombshell Gin
.5 oz blueberry liqueur
.5 oz fresh thyme cordial
.75 oz fresh blood orange juice
.5 oz ginger-mint syrup
Fresh blueberries
Club soda

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Strain into a coupe glass. Top with club soda and garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Relax at the end of your day this spring with a cold “Lemon-Thyme Vodka Lemonade”. This recipe takes a little effort, but it’s worth the work.  You won’t be disappointed.

Lemon-Thyme Vodka Lemonade

3 lemon wedges 
sugar, for glass rim
.25 cup Lemon-Thyme Syrup*
.25 cup citrus Vitzellen Vodka 
.25 cup club soda
1 sprig fresh thyme, preferably lemon thyme

Instructions for Lemon-Thyme Syrup: (Makes 1 cup)
I cup water
.75 cup sugar
1 small bunch fresh thyme, preferably lemon thyme (.5 ounce)

In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water and sugar to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the thyme, stir and remove from the heat.  Let stand until cool. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing to extract as much liquid as possible. Cover and refrigerate for up to a week.

Run 1 lemon wedge over the rim of a highball glass; dip the rim into sugar. Reserve the lemon wedge.

Put the remaining 2 lemon wedges in a cocktail shaker along with the syrup and vodka. Muddle hard, breaking the lemon skins to release their oils. Cover and shake.

Carefully fill the rimmed glass with ice. Pour the syrup mixture into the glass, lemon wedges and all. Top off with the club soda, the squeeze the reserved lemon wedge over before dropping it into the glass. Garnish with the thyme sprig and serve immediately.