Spring means bare legs, compliment-worthy sunnies, and especially adorable manicures. It also means farmers’ markets, where you can load up your shopping basket (or arms) with fresh fruits and veggies. Though said produce often ends up on your plate, consider adding a few choice ingredients to your cocktails, too. We’re raising our glasses to the season and our current collection of market-fresh styles.
We went to Trisha Antonsen, Drizly’s Chief Cocktail Officer, for a couple original, farmers’ market-inspired cocktail recipes that anyone can recreate. Both use an infused spirit and, though very straightforward, are sure to impress.
What You Need:
- 2 oz. jalapeño-infused tequila
- 3 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
- salt for the rim
- jalapeno and lime slice to garnish
For the jalapeño-infused tequila: fill a 16 oz. mason jar about halfway with freshly sliced jalapeño and then fill with either blanco or silver tequila. Put a lid on it and let it sit on the counter, away from sunlight, for about one to three days, shaking once or twice a day. The longer the mixture sets, the more flavor you’ll get (and the spicier it’ll be). Strain out the jalapeño and seeds when you’re finished infusing and place the tequila back in your mason jar.
- Combine your jalapeño-infused tequila, grapefruit juice, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake until cold and pour into a salt-rimmed Collins glass.
- Garnish with lime and jalapeno wheels.
What You Need:
- 3 oz. spa-infused vodka*
- 4 oz. carrot ginger orange juice (or similar)
- carrot and cucumber to garnish
For the spa-infused vodka: fill a 16 oz. mason jar with lemon peels from one lemon, about 1/3 of a thinly sliced cucumber (halved), and sprigs of fresh mint, and then fill with vodka. Seal with a lid and let it infuse on the counter for two to three days. Lightly turn and shake the bottle a couple times a day. Once done, strain the vodka to remove pieces and store in the fridge.
- Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. For the orange juice, you can use some freshly pressed from the farmers’ market, make your own, or buy some already made from the grocery.
- Shake until cold and strain into a martini glass.
- Garnish with carrot and cucumber.
+ What’s your favorite foodie-inspired cocktail?