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Cocktail for Spring Fling Dinner?

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I'm hosting a dinner party to celebrate spring (pork loin, braised leeeks, roast baby potatoes, etc). I need a KILLER specialty cocktail recipe to serve folks before dinner starts. Any ideas?

I loved the PomIranian recipe from Cyrus that I made for our holiday party. Something like this but more spring-like would be ideal...

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  1. I forgot to mention that I'd rather serve a shaken/strained cocktail, but something fancy on the rocks would be cool, too. Thanks for any ideas!

    1. I, personally, love pomegranate martinis. Just pom juice and vodka, chilled and strained, served in a martini glass with a twist of lemon. Divine and not too sweet.

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      1. re: mojoeater

        I love them too but they are not really seasonal for spring.

        I forgot to add, ideally it would be vodka-based...

      2. you can do something with cucumber. Maybe muddle some cucumber slices with simple syrup in a shaker bottom, add some 2oz of gin, 1/5 oz of lime, shake serve up. You can try it with a sprig or two of mint muddled as well.

        1. Let me ponder this for a night or so, but think about doing an infusion- when I want to knock the socks off my guests I do something they would have trouble replicating.

          1. Flatiron Lounge in NYC made this amazing cocktail called a Juniper Breeze which was really the essence of spring.

            Juniper Breeze
            1 1/2 oz Plymouth Gin
            1/2 oz Belvoir Elderflower Cordial
            1 1/2 oz Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
            1/2 oz Cranberry
            splash fresh lime juice
            Build over ice in a double rocks glass, roll.

            It's best with the somewhat pricey elderflower cordial, but I've found that Ikea makes a very inexpensive elderflower something that's good in a pinch, but you have to add a bit more.