Spring has officially sprung. That means it’s time to refresh your home bar with seasonal cocktail ingredients. Here are three of our favorite cocktail syrups for shaking off the doldrums of winter.
If you’re a fan of St. Germain, you’ll love elderflower syrup. It boasts a fresh floral aroma and a delicate, fruity sweetness with notes of grapefruit pulp and peel. Like the famous French liqueur, it works particularly well in gin and sparkling wine cocktails. It’s also perfect for hot and cold teas and lemonade.
Cinco de Mayo makes spring the unofficial start of Margarita season, and there’s no easier way to build a trendy flavored Margarita than with Monin’s Habanero Lime Syrup. It starts off fresh and tart thanks to an infusion of lime and finishes with a lingering spicy, slightly sweet flavor that adds the perfect amount of heat to your favorite tequila- and mezcal-based cocktails. Use it in place of some or all of the agave syrup or orange liqueur in your next Margarita.
A sure sign of spring is the Kentucky Derby and, with it, plenty of frosty, bourbon-soaked Mint Juleps. In addition to the requisite fresh mint, mint-infused simple syrup–like this cane sugar version from Collins Brothers–helps make Mint Juleps particularly refreshing. To prepare one at home, lightly muddle 6-8 mint leaves with 2 teaspoons mint syrup in the bottom of a Mint Julep cup. Fill with crushed ice and top with 2 to 3 ounces good bourbon (depending on your taste preferences). Stir until the outside of the cup frosts, then serve with a fresh mint sprig and a straw.