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Shake Up Your Cocktail Game With These 4 Refreshing Spring Recipes

By Jessica Suo

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When the mercury rises, post-hibernation spring soirées begin to sprout—and we're here for it. To celebrate, we've teamed up with Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky to help you craft a few new cocktails and knock the socks off your next event. 

Spiced Brown Derby 

Fight off the last of the colder weather with a Spiced Brown Derby. Packed with heat, opt for a well-balanced 12-year-old Johnnie Walker Black to compliment the zesty grapefruit juice. With honey to sweeten, this is the perfect transition cocktail to enjoy while the weather is still chilly.  

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky
  • 30 ml Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • 15 ml Honey
  • Ground Pink Pepper, to garnish

Method 

In a shaking tin combine the whiskey, grapefruit juice, honey and ice and shake for five to seven seconds. Pour through a strainer into a chilled glass and garnish with pink pepper to taste. 

Woman adds garnish to Spiced Brown Derby cocktail made with Johnnie Walker black label

Citrus Stonefruit Fizz 

Celebrate the return of stonefruit season with the Citrus Stonefruit Fizz cocktail. This sweet and sparkling drink can be served in a jug making it the perfect addition to your next garden party. Packed with peach, nectarine and mango make the most of these seasonal treats with this refreshing cocktail.  

Ingredients

  • Chopped White Peach
  • Chopped Nectarine
  • Chopped Mango
  • 100ml Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky
  • 20 ml Lemon Juice
  • 200 ml Peach Kombucha 
  • 100 ml Sparking Wine
  • 35 ml Sugar Syrup

Method 

Add chopped stonefruit and ice into a jug. Pour whisky, lemon juice, kombucha, wine and syrup on top and stir. Serve with fruit in the glass to garnish 

Pouring Citrus Stonefruit Fizz cocktail into glass

Spring Citrus Southside

Spice up your life with the Spring Citrus Southside cocktail. Tabasco and jalapeño deepen the heat of Johnnie Walker’s timeless whisky with this fiery drink. Mixed with mint this drink is the perfect refresher to survive that temperamental spring weather.

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky
  • 10 ml Agave Syrup
  • 20 ml Lime Juice
  • 6 Leaves Of Mint
  • 2 Dashes Of Green Tabasco Sauce
  • Spearmint, To Garnish
  • Sliced Jalapeno, To Garnish

Method

In a shaking tin combine whisky, agave syrup, lime juice, mint and Tabasco with ice and shake for five to seven seconds. Pour into a glass with ice and garnish with spearmint and sliced jalapeno.

Spring Citrus Southside cocktail made with Johnnie Walker black label

Vanilla Whisky Smash

If you’re looking for a sweet and syrupy cocktail still packed with bite look no further than the Vanilla Whisky Smash. Cut through the complexities of Johnnie Walker whisky with blood orange and vanilla for the perfect afternoon cocktail.  

Ingredients

  • Half of a Blood Orange
  • ¼ Lemon
  • 50 ml Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky
  • 15 ml Vanilla Syrup

Method

Muddle half a blood orange and lemon segments in the shaker. Pour whisky and vanilla syrup on top with ice and shake. Pour into a glass with ice and garnish with blood orange wheel. 

Vanilla Whiskey Smash cocktial made with Johnnie Walker black label

If these recipes leave you ready to mix, head to Johnnie Walker for more seasonal cocktails guaranteed to impress. 

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Johnnie Walker and proudly endorsed by The Urban List. To find out more about who we work with and why read our editorial policy here.

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