Spring is finally here, and with it the promise of warmer days ahead. But for many people, this also means a lack of energy to get through their day.
In order to get your body back on track after winter’s hibernation, you need to give yourself a jump start. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to do just that—and coffee is one of the most effective! Here are three new recipes for springtime:
7 New Coffee Drink Recipes For Springtime
1) The Wildflower Coffee Soda:
– The Wildflower Coffee Soda is an iced coffee recipe with a twist, boasting refreshing flavors of wildflowers.
– This is a refreshing and springtime-appropriate take on coffee soda. Perfect for all your caffeine needs!
– 2 teaspoons water
– Vanilla Ice Cream (optional)
– Prepare a wildflower infused simple syrup. Add 1 cup of water to a saucepan and set the heat to medium-high. When the water begins to simmer, add 1/2 cup of sugar and stir until dissolved. Next add 5 cups of fresh flowers (such as pansies, violets or dandelions) to the saucepan. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, strain out flowers and allow mixture to cool.
– Make an ice coffee using your favorite recipe or store-bought cold brew concentrate*. Add 2 tablespoons of wildflower simple syrup. If desired, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
2) Pink Grapefruit Iced Tea :
– This pink grapefruit iced tea recipe brings together the sour, tangy flavors of pink grapefruit juice with the smoothness of green tea.
– This refreshing drink is perfect for picnics or poolside gatherings.
– 1 cup strong cold-brewed green tea (or regular black tea)
– 2 cups cold water
– ½ cup white sugar
– 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
– 3 or 4 grapefruits
– Make a lemon simple syrup. Mix together 1 cup of water, 2 cups of sugar and two tablespoons of lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool before pouring into a jar or tupperware and refrigerating.
– Using a fruit juicer, juice 3 or 4 grapefruits into a pitcher. Add three cups of cold water and stir to combine. Taste the mixture, if desired add up to 1/2 cup lemon simple syrup for desired sweetness. Serve over ice and enjoy!
3) Honey Lavender Latte:
– This genius recipe combines the fresh, floral flavors of honey and lavender with the rich tones of coffee.
– This is the perfect treat for springtime! Enjoy it in your garden or bring it to your favorite park – but definitely make sure to drink it outside!
– 1 cup milk
– 1 tablespoon honey
– 4 teaspoons dried lavender
– ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
– 2 tablespoons sugar
– 2 tablespoons instant coffee
– ½ cup hot water
In a saucepan, add the milk, honey and dried lavender. Heat on medium heat until the mixture begins to simmer. Remove from heat, cover and allow to steep for 10 minutes.
– Using a fine mesh sieve, strain out the lavender buds and honey (if desired) and return liquid to the saucepan. Add vanilla extract, sugar and instant coffee to saucepan and stir until dissolved. Pour into a blender and add ½ cup hot water. Blend until frothy.
– Enjoy! *Remember to start with ½ cup of cold coffee before adding ice for best results.
4. The Apricot Latte Milk Punch:
– Spring is a season of awakening, and as the smell of earthy lavender wafts into your kitchen from the garden outside, you can strengthen that connection with this delightful milk punch.
– This drink is perfect for unwinding after a long day or enjoying under a warm spring sun. Enjoy!
– 1/4 cup dried apricots
– 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
– 1 cup milk, room temperature
– 3 tablespoons honey simple syrup (1/2 cup water, 2 cups sugar and 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice blended into a syrup)
– ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
– 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
– ½ cup cold brew coffee, diluted with ½ cup of water*
– In a small bowl, cover apricots with hot water and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Drain and place into blender. Add vanilla extract, milk, honey simple syrup, cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg. Blend until smooth.
– Serve in a glass over ice and enjoy! *Remember to start with ½ cup of cold coffee before adding ice for best results.
5. Springtime Gin Fizz:
– This creamy cocktail mixes the flavors of rosemary and lemon zest with gin, bringing together the fresh, floral flavors of spring.
– Gin Fizzes are perfect for an elegant garden party or to enjoy on a warm spring night!
– 1 sprig rosemary
– 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
– Juice from half a lemon
– 2 ounces gin
– ¾ cup cream
– 1/2 cup club soda, very cold
– Ice cubes
In a shaker filled with ice, add rosemary sprig and muddle until fragrant. Add lemon zest and juice, gin and cream and shake well. Pour into glass of choice and top with club soda.
– Serve and enjoy! *Remember to serve immediately for best results!
6. Fresh Apple Lemonade:
– This recipe mixes the tart, refreshing flavors of lemon and apple with gin to create a cocktail perfect for springtime or summer gatherings.
– This one is guaranteed to be a party favorite! Enjoy it on a warm spring or summer day.
– 1 medium lemon, sliced thin
– 1 tablespoon basil lemongrass simple syrup (1 cup water, 5 stalks fresh lemongrass & 3 tablespoons sugar blended into a syrup)
– 2 ounces gin
– 1 ounce apple juice concentrate*
– 1 ounce maple syrup
– ⅓ cup club soda, very cold
– Ice cubes
In a glass, muddle the lemon slices until they begin to release juices. Add basil lemongrass simple syrup and gin and shake well. Top with ice and apple juice concentrate and maple syrup. Finish with club soda and serve immediately. *Apple juice concentrate can be found in your grocery store or health food market – it’s very sweet! If you can’t find any, substitute with 1 ounce of very warm water and 1 ounce of pure apple juice.
– Enjoy! *Remember to serve immediately for best results.
7. White Grape Mint Julep:
– This refreshing cocktail is perfect for those who love sweet, lightly flavored drinks.
– Serve over ice and enjoy as the weather warms up!
– 5 whole ripe white grapes
– 12 fresh mint leaves chopped
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 4 ounces bourbon
– Ice cubes
In a glass, muddle grapes until they begin to release juices. Add mint leaves and vanilla extract and muddle together until fragrant. Pour in bourbon and stir well. Serve in a glass over ice and enjoy!
– Cheers! *Remember to serve immediately for best results.
With these recipes in hand, you will surely be able to enjoy springtime to its fullest! Remember to find the ingredients (or substitutes) that work best for you, and make these cocktails your own. Don’t forget to check out our website at kainoscoffeepdx.com where we always have new recipes on hand! Cheers!