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America's Top Bartenders Reveal Their Favorite Cocktails for Spring


The country’s bartenders have shared winning spring cocktail recipes to welcome the season

Llama Inn's mega mixologist, Lynnette Marrero, serves a delicious La Chunga, the dine's Peruvian version of the classic Rum Buck, made with dark and white rum and traditional ingredients to toast the change of season.

It’s time to shed those heavy winter coats and boots and put on your light jackets and tennis shoes. According to the calendar, it’s spring! (Although, forecasts may say otherwise.) In anticipation of a steady stream of warm days and al fresco dining, we couldn’t wait to try a selection of new springcocktails. Thoughts of ingredients like citrus, watermelon and lavender have crept into our minds. It’s time to dust off martini glasses and shake up fresh, vibrant drinks for the new season.

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We’ve gone behind the bar for the inside scoop on the most popular spring cocktails this year. Recommended by top bartenders and mixologists around the country, these cocktails are guaranteed to put you in a great mood. This season’s newest, trendiest drinks are revealed here and the recipes are tantalizing, bold, and oh-so-refreshing. Grab a shaker, mix your drinks, and toast the season of renewal.


7 Manly Cocktails to Make with Lillet

Here, seven great Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers.

After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks.

Typically, Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop chef and co-owner, is a bourbon and Budweiser man. But lately he’s been drinking a lot of Lillet, a fruity, floral French aperitif wine. “It’s not the most masculine cocktail in the world,” he says. “Maybe there’s some sort of shandy I could make from Lillet and Budweiser.” Great idea. Here, a few more Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers like Holzman.

1. Vesper
James Bond’s original cocktail of choice is made with gin, vodka and Lillet.

2. Golden Lillet Martini
This golden-hued cocktail is made with dark brown sugar, aged rhum agricole, Lillet and limoncello for a bright finish.

3. Tabernacle Crush
The American South meets the south of France in this slight and refreshing cocktail.

4. Sweet Basil
Basil, gin and Lillet make for an ultra-summery drink.

5. The Seville
This complex cocktail gets a terrific nuttiness from fino sherry.

6. Creole Resolution
Kick a Champagne cocktail up a notch with Lillet and homemade grenadine.

7. Dirty Blonde
This dirty martini is made 𠇋londe” with the addition of Lillet.


7 Manly Cocktails to Make with Lillet

Here, seven great Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers.

After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks.

Typically, Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop chef and co-owner, is a bourbon and Budweiser man. But lately he’s been drinking a lot of Lillet, a fruity, floral French aperitif wine. “It’s not the most masculine cocktail in the world,” he says. “Maybe there’s some sort of shandy I could make from Lillet and Budweiser.” Great idea. Here, a few more Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers like Holzman.

1. Vesper
James Bond’s original cocktail of choice is made with gin, vodka and Lillet.

2. Golden Lillet Martini
This golden-hued cocktail is made with dark brown sugar, aged rhum agricole, Lillet and limoncello for a bright finish.

3. Tabernacle Crush
The American South meets the south of France in this slight and refreshing cocktail.

4. Sweet Basil
Basil, gin and Lillet make for an ultra-summery drink.

5. The Seville
This complex cocktail gets a terrific nuttiness from fino sherry.

6. Creole Resolution
Kick a Champagne cocktail up a notch with Lillet and homemade grenadine.

7. Dirty Blonde
This dirty martini is made 𠇋londe” with the addition of Lillet.


7 Manly Cocktails to Make with Lillet

Here, seven great Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers.

After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks.

Typically, Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop chef and co-owner, is a bourbon and Budweiser man. But lately he’s been drinking a lot of Lillet, a fruity, floral French aperitif wine. “It’s not the most masculine cocktail in the world,” he says. “Maybe there’s some sort of shandy I could make from Lillet and Budweiser.” Great idea. Here, a few more Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers like Holzman.

1. Vesper
James Bond’s original cocktail of choice is made with gin, vodka and Lillet.

2. Golden Lillet Martini
This golden-hued cocktail is made with dark brown sugar, aged rhum agricole, Lillet and limoncello for a bright finish.

3. Tabernacle Crush
The American South meets the south of France in this slight and refreshing cocktail.

4. Sweet Basil
Basil, gin and Lillet make for an ultra-summery drink.

5. The Seville
This complex cocktail gets a terrific nuttiness from fino sherry.

6. Creole Resolution
Kick a Champagne cocktail up a notch with Lillet and homemade grenadine.

7. Dirty Blonde
This dirty martini is made 𠇋londe” with the addition of Lillet.


7 Manly Cocktails to Make with Lillet

Here, seven great Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers.

After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks.

Typically, Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop chef and co-owner, is a bourbon and Budweiser man. But lately he’s been drinking a lot of Lillet, a fruity, floral French aperitif wine. “It’s not the most masculine cocktail in the world,” he says. “Maybe there’s some sort of shandy I could make from Lillet and Budweiser.” Great idea. Here, a few more Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers like Holzman.

1. Vesper
James Bond’s original cocktail of choice is made with gin, vodka and Lillet.

2. Golden Lillet Martini
This golden-hued cocktail is made with dark brown sugar, aged rhum agricole, Lillet and limoncello for a bright finish.

3. Tabernacle Crush
The American South meets the south of France in this slight and refreshing cocktail.

4. Sweet Basil
Basil, gin and Lillet make for an ultra-summery drink.

5. The Seville
This complex cocktail gets a terrific nuttiness from fino sherry.

6. Creole Resolution
Kick a Champagne cocktail up a notch with Lillet and homemade grenadine.

7. Dirty Blonde
This dirty martini is made 𠇋londe” with the addition of Lillet.


7 Manly Cocktails to Make with Lillet

Here, seven great Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers.

After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks.

Typically, Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop chef and co-owner, is a bourbon and Budweiser man. But lately he’s been drinking a lot of Lillet, a fruity, floral French aperitif wine. “It’s not the most masculine cocktail in the world,” he says. “Maybe there’s some sort of shandy I could make from Lillet and Budweiser.” Great idea. Here, a few more Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers like Holzman.

1. Vesper
James Bond’s original cocktail of choice is made with gin, vodka and Lillet.

2. Golden Lillet Martini
This golden-hued cocktail is made with dark brown sugar, aged rhum agricole, Lillet and limoncello for a bright finish.

3. Tabernacle Crush
The American South meets the south of France in this slight and refreshing cocktail.

4. Sweet Basil
Basil, gin and Lillet make for an ultra-summery drink.

5. The Seville
This complex cocktail gets a terrific nuttiness from fino sherry.

6. Creole Resolution
Kick a Champagne cocktail up a notch with Lillet and homemade grenadine.

7. Dirty Blonde
This dirty martini is made 𠇋londe” with the addition of Lillet.


7 Manly Cocktails to Make with Lillet

Here, seven great Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers.

After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks.

Typically, Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop chef and co-owner, is a bourbon and Budweiser man. But lately he’s been drinking a lot of Lillet, a fruity, floral French aperitif wine. “It’s not the most masculine cocktail in the world,” he says. “Maybe there’s some sort of shandy I could make from Lillet and Budweiser.” Great idea. Here, a few more Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers like Holzman.

1. Vesper
James Bond’s original cocktail of choice is made with gin, vodka and Lillet.

2. Golden Lillet Martini
This golden-hued cocktail is made with dark brown sugar, aged rhum agricole, Lillet and limoncello for a bright finish.

3. Tabernacle Crush
The American South meets the south of France in this slight and refreshing cocktail.

4. Sweet Basil
Basil, gin and Lillet make for an ultra-summery drink.

5. The Seville
This complex cocktail gets a terrific nuttiness from fino sherry.

6. Creole Resolution
Kick a Champagne cocktail up a notch with Lillet and homemade grenadine.

7. Dirty Blonde
This dirty martini is made 𠇋londe” with the addition of Lillet.


7 Manly Cocktails to Make with Lillet

Here, seven great Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers.

After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks.

Typically, Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop chef and co-owner, is a bourbon and Budweiser man. But lately he’s been drinking a lot of Lillet, a fruity, floral French aperitif wine. “It’s not the most masculine cocktail in the world,” he says. “Maybe there’s some sort of shandy I could make from Lillet and Budweiser.” Great idea. Here, a few more Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers like Holzman.

1. Vesper
James Bond’s original cocktail of choice is made with gin, vodka and Lillet.

2. Golden Lillet Martini
This golden-hued cocktail is made with dark brown sugar, aged rhum agricole, Lillet and limoncello for a bright finish.

3. Tabernacle Crush
The American South meets the south of France in this slight and refreshing cocktail.

4. Sweet Basil
Basil, gin and Lillet make for an ultra-summery drink.

5. The Seville
This complex cocktail gets a terrific nuttiness from fino sherry.

6. Creole Resolution
Kick a Champagne cocktail up a notch with Lillet and homemade grenadine.

7. Dirty Blonde
This dirty martini is made 𠇋londe” with the addition of Lillet.


7 Manly Cocktails to Make with Lillet

Here, seven great Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers.

After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks.

Typically, Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop chef and co-owner, is a bourbon and Budweiser man. But lately he’s been drinking a lot of Lillet, a fruity, floral French aperitif wine. “It’s not the most masculine cocktail in the world,” he says. “Maybe there’s some sort of shandy I could make from Lillet and Budweiser.” Great idea. Here, a few more Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers like Holzman.

1. Vesper
James Bond’s original cocktail of choice is made with gin, vodka and Lillet.

2. Golden Lillet Martini
This golden-hued cocktail is made with dark brown sugar, aged rhum agricole, Lillet and limoncello for a bright finish.

3. Tabernacle Crush
The American South meets the south of France in this slight and refreshing cocktail.

4. Sweet Basil
Basil, gin and Lillet make for an ultra-summery drink.

5. The Seville
This complex cocktail gets a terrific nuttiness from fino sherry.

6. Creole Resolution
Kick a Champagne cocktail up a notch with Lillet and homemade grenadine.

7. Dirty Blonde
This dirty martini is made 𠇋londe” with the addition of Lillet.


7 Manly Cocktails to Make with Lillet

Here, seven great Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers.

After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks.

Typically, Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop chef and co-owner, is a bourbon and Budweiser man. But lately he’s been drinking a lot of Lillet, a fruity, floral French aperitif wine. “It’s not the most masculine cocktail in the world,” he says. “Maybe there’s some sort of shandy I could make from Lillet and Budweiser.” Great idea. Here, a few more Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers like Holzman.

1. Vesper
James Bond’s original cocktail of choice is made with gin, vodka and Lillet.

2. Golden Lillet Martini
This golden-hued cocktail is made with dark brown sugar, aged rhum agricole, Lillet and limoncello for a bright finish.

3. Tabernacle Crush
The American South meets the south of France in this slight and refreshing cocktail.

4. Sweet Basil
Basil, gin and Lillet make for an ultra-summery drink.

5. The Seville
This complex cocktail gets a terrific nuttiness from fino sherry.

6. Creole Resolution
Kick a Champagne cocktail up a notch with Lillet and homemade grenadine.

7. Dirty Blonde
This dirty martini is made 𠇋londe” with the addition of Lillet.


7 Manly Cocktails to Make with Lillet

Here, seven great Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers.

After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks.

Typically, Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop chef and co-owner, is a bourbon and Budweiser man. But lately he’s been drinking a lot of Lillet, a fruity, floral French aperitif wine. “It’s not the most masculine cocktail in the world,” he says. “Maybe there’s some sort of shandy I could make from Lillet and Budweiser.” Great idea. Here, a few more Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers like Holzman.

1. Vesper
James Bond’s original cocktail of choice is made with gin, vodka and Lillet.

2. Golden Lillet Martini
This golden-hued cocktail is made with dark brown sugar, aged rhum agricole, Lillet and limoncello for a bright finish.

3. Tabernacle Crush
The American South meets the south of France in this slight and refreshing cocktail.

4. Sweet Basil
Basil, gin and Lillet make for an ultra-summery drink.

5. The Seville
This complex cocktail gets a terrific nuttiness from fino sherry.

6. Creole Resolution
Kick a Champagne cocktail up a notch with Lillet and homemade grenadine.

7. Dirty Blonde
This dirty martini is made 𠇋londe” with the addition of Lillet.


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