Cabin Fever Cures

a single flower poking through a layer of melting snow

Can you feel it? The sun’s shining, the snow and ice are starting to melt, the birds are singing…Spring is just around the corner! Even though it’s probably going to snow again next week, we’re already in the mood for spring seasonal cocktails. Here’s some of our favorites.

Snowmelt Sangria
This sangria made with rose wine is the perfect cure for cabin fever!

1 bottle dry rose (we recommend 19 Crimes or Bixby Creek)
1 ½ cups St.-Germain liqueur
1 pack raspberries
6 lemon wheels
6 grapefruit slices
1 bottle club soda

Combine the rose, St-Germain, raspberries, lemon wheels, and grapefruit slices into a pitcher and refrigerate for 1 hour. Pour mixture into wine glasses over ice, and top with club soda. Garnish with more fruit if desired.

Makes 1 pitcher of sangria.

Bloody Oishi
This fresh take on the traditional bloody mary cocktail uses sake instead of vodka. It may sound odd but try it—this drink is a great addition to your brunch bar menu.

2 oz dry sake (we like Hakutsuru organic and Ozeki)
6 oz tomato juice or bloody mary mix
1 celery stick
1 slice of lemon,. olives, or other garnishes
2 ice cubes (the big, spherical ones are best)

Add the ice cubes to a high ball glass. Mix the sake and tomato juice together and pour over ice. Garnish with celery, lemon, green olives, or other garnish of choice.

Makes 1 drink.

Hurricane

This classic New Orleans favorite is fruit punch that packs a punch—and you don’t have to stop drinking it when Mardi Gras ends!

2 oz light rum
3 oz dark rum
6 oz passion fruit juice (pineapple or mango make great substitutes)
6 oz orange juice
2 tbsp. grenadine
ice
2 orange slices
2 maraschino cherries

In a large liquid measuring cup, combine the rums, passion fruit juice, orange juice, and grenadine. Pour over ice-filled glass. Garnish each glass with an orange slice and a cherry. Makes 2 drinks.