Cocktails Perfect For A Spring Wedding

Give your wedding guests a taste of Spring with the perfect fruit flavored cocktail! Spring fruits include grapefruit, cherries, lemons, rhubarb and strawberries, to name a few, and all bode well as natural cocktail flavors. Below, we've pulled together four of our favorites, perfect for a Spring wedding. Cheers!

1. Grapefruit Gin & Tonic



  • Fresh mint leaves (can also substitute mint with sprig of rosemary for a more herbatious taste)
  • 1.5 cups pink grapefruit juice
  • 2.5 cups gin
  • 1.5 cups elderflower liqueur
  • 4-5 cups tonic water


  1. Tear and gently muddle mint leaves to fill bottom of pitcher, leaving a few mint sprigs for garnish.
  2. Squeeze and strain grapefruits until you have 1 1/2 cups fresh grapefruit juice. Add to pitcher.
  3. Mix in several grapefruit slices for added color and texture (optional).
  4. Pour gin and elderflower liqueur over grapefruit slices.
  5. Top with tonic water and stir.
  6. When ready to serve, fill each glass with ice. Pour over ice and garnish with sliced grapefruit and a sprig of fresh mint.

2. Rhubarb Southside



  • 2 ounces gin
  • 0.75 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 0.75 ounces rhubarb syrup
  • handful of fresh picked mint
  • sparkling mineral water 

Rhubarb Syrup Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of chopped rhubarb
  • 1 quart water
  • 2 3/4 cups sugar


  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan under medium heat and bring to a boil for 20 minutes. When the rhubarb is mushy and has lost most of its color and the water is bright pink/red, remove the saucepan from heat. Strain the rhubarb liquid through a fine mesh strainer into another clean container. Because rhubarb breaks down more than raspberries or strawberries, the resulting liquid will be slightly more opaque.
  2. Discard the rhubarb. Add 1 3/4 cups of sugar to the rhubarb liquid. Bring back to a boil, stirring frequently to dissolve the sugar into the syrup. Let the syrup simmer for 5 minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved, skimming any foam that rises to the top.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool completely. Pour into a glass container, seal and refrigerate. The syrup will last for several weeks.
  4. Combine all ingredients except for sparkling water into a shaker. Add ice and shake for three seconds.
  5. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass and top with 2.5 ounces of sparkling mineral water.

3. Vodka Thyme Lemonade



  • 4 lemon wednges
  • Superfine sugar
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces citrus vodka
  • 1 ounce chilled club soda
  • 1 lemon thyme sprig
  • 2 ounces lemon-thyme syrup


  1. Moisten the outer rim of a highball glass with 1 lemon wedge and coat lightly with superfine sugar.
  2. Add ice to the glass.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the remaining 3 lemon wedges with the Lemon-Thyme Syrup.
  4. Add ice and the vodka and shake well.
  5. Stir in the club soda.
  6. Strain the drink into the prepared highball glass and garnish with the lemon thyme sprig.

4. Cherry Smash



  • 1 cup pitted fresh or frozen (thawed) cherries

  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, plus 4 sprigs for garnish

  • 8 teaspoons sugar

  • 6 ounces ( ¾ cup) dark rum

  • ¼ cup lime juice

  • 3 cups cherry-flavored seltzer


  1. Divide cherries, mint leaves and sugar among 4 glasses.
  2. Mash everything together with the back of a wooden spoon.
  3. Stir in rum and lime juice.
  4. Fill glasses with ice and top with seltzer.
  5. Garnish with mint sprigs.