Today is the vernal equinox, when there are nearly equal amounts of daylight and darkness around the world. It also marks the unofficial start of spring after a series of cold, wet months. Raise your glass to the start of a warmer season with one of these five cocktails, like the Spring White Sangria above. Mix a batch for lunch or dinner, then invite some friends over to celebrate. Cheers!
|Spring White Sangria
This refreshing sangria combines white wine and passion fruit juice with grapes, pears and litchis, a delicately sweet Chinese fruit.
|Papaya and Lime Agua Fresca
Perfect for warm-weather sipping, this cocktail combines papaya, fresh lime juice, tequila and Grand Marnier. The vibrant color is a bonus for any table.
|Orange Blossom Gin Fizz
This citrusy drink is perfect for an early spring party. You can find Yuzu juice—which tastes like a combination of grapefruit and mandarin—in Asian markets, but any citrus juice will work.
|Passion Fruit Caipirinha
Passion fruit and caipirinhas are both native to Brazil, so mix this cocktail to pretend you’re on vacation. If you can’t find cachaça, substitute vodka to make the equally delicious caipiroska.
This combination of cucumber and lime juice makes a refreshing alternative to sweeter cocktails. Our recipe is easy to make for a crowd, and it’s perfect for warm-weather sipping.