Spring Green: Gorgeous Cocktails & Garnishes

Spring has sprung, and everyone is talking "green" lately, so I thought it would be fun to feature some pretty cocktail and drink garnish ideas in fresh shades of green. These would be lovely signature drink additions to spring & summer parties, bridal showers, and weddings!

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Green Appletini
{image via Brides / recipe via Drinks Mixer}

Ingredients
2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Apple Pucker Schnapps
1/2 oz. Apple Juice or Cider

Directions
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with an Apple Slice.

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The Clover
{via The Nibble}


Ingredients
1-1/2 ounces gin
1 ounce triple sec
3/4 ounce lime juice
Dash of Pernod (or other anise-flavored liqueur)
Dash of green crème de menthe

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass.

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Sangria Blango – with a fabulous-looking garnish (which is actually party of the drink)
{via Epicurious.com – Get the full recipe here.}

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Lawnmower
{via Cocktail Times}

Ingredients:
1 cup diced, ripe honeydew, cantaloupe or seedless watermelon
1 oz vanilla vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1 tbsp roughly chopped fresh mint
About 1/2 cup cold brut Champagne or dry sparking wine

Directions:
Puree the melon in a blender (add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water if necessary). Press the melon mixture through a strainer into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and mint. Shake vigorously to infuse. Strain the mixture into the chilled glasses and top with Champagne float. Stir once. Garnish.

(Cocktail from "The Backyard Bartender, 55 Cool Summer Cocktails" by Nicole Aloni, photographs by Colleen Duffley)

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Pictured above and below – 2 fresh & creative drink garnish ideas: Cucumber Slice Skewer served in a Saketini; Mint Leaf Ice Cubes, which look great in clear or pale green cocktails. {both images via Brides}

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CHEERS!

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