Strawberry Vodka Collins + 16 More Spring Cocktails

Strawberry Vodka Collins

Let’s talk spring cocktails. Sure, you could serve wine or beer at your next dinner party, but if you really want to elevate your gathering, try serving a signature cocktail. For spring and summer, you’ll want to choose a drink that is crisp and refreshing – nothing too heavy or warming, like you’d choose for a winter holiday party.

In the warmer months, I tend towards gin- and vodka-based cocktails. When it comes to mixers, I often swap out warming ginger beer for club soda (though a Moscow Mule, in all its lime and ginger glory, is always appropriate). And since so much produce is in season this time of year, adding a little fruit to a cocktail is an easy way to add a little spark of flavor.

In this vodka collins, fresh strawberries are muddled and mixed with bubbly club soda, a sweet-tart lime syrup and vodka. Cheers!

 

Strawberry Vodka Collins… 

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Green Tea & Strawberry Panna Cotta

Green Tea & Strawberry Panna Cotta

This post is sponsored by Kiss Me Organics’ Organic Matcha Green Tea.

Alert! Next Sunday is Mother’s Day – are you prepared? Sadly, I’ll be half a country away from my mom next weekend, but she’ll at least get a gift and a video chat. Ah, the joys of modern technology!

But if you’re planning on cooking for your mom next Sunday, consider making her this green tea & strawberry panna cotta.  Panna cottas, puddings and other no-bake desserts are perfect for parties and brunches, because they need to be made well in advance. That gives you one less thing to worry about on party day! Plus, the green tea and strawberry flavor combination is perfect for spring.

I love cooking and baking with tea, because it adds depth and nuances of flavor to any dish. I’ve used tea in many recipes here on Savvy Eats, and recently started experimenting with matcha green tea in the kitchen. I’m loving it because I don’t need to grind up the tea leaves or steep the tea in my milk or other cooking liquid first – since it has already been ground into a powder, I can just mix it right into the other ingredients. In addition to using it in panna cotta, I’ve been blending it into my morning smoothies for a little health and flavor boost – it is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals!

Want to try some matcha in your own kitchen? Kiss Me Organics has offered to send one Savvy Eats reader a bag of their organic culinary grade matcha green tea. You can find the giveaway after the recipe!

Green Tea & Strawberry Panna Cotta

So, let’s get started. This panna cotta and its accompanying strawberry topping take under 20 minutes to put together, and then they just need to rest in the refrigerator for a few hours. Make it the night before your brunch or dinner party, and you’ll have one less thing to prepare the day of your event. All you’ll have to do the next day is pour the strawberries over the set panna cotta, and dessert will be ready!

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