April 15, 2016

Weekend Cocktails to Ring in the Spring

Cocktail lovers rejoice! It’s time to replace those boozy hot chocolates and Irish coffees with something a little bit more refreshing and delicious for spring. That’s right, it’s cocktail season here in Jasper and we’ve got the lowdown on some of the best ice cold drinks to accompany you after a long day of exploring out in the springtime sun.

Springtime usually heralds in the season of gin and vodka. Combining fresh, muddled fruits, like raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, lemons, and limes will make your cocktails pop.

Mike Day, owner of Evil Dave’s Grill in Jasper, uses soda water to give effervescence to his cocktails while letting the fruit flavours come through. For sweeter drinks, he adds either simple syrup or a splash of citrus soda. To add an additional savory dimension, he infuses his spirits with fresh basil or mint. After straining the leaves from the spirits, he builds his cocktails with fruit and tops them with soda. 

Rosemary Cosmo
Rosemary Cosmopolitan

Looking for something more innovative than the usual mojito or margarita? Look no further! Jasper’s bars and restaurants offer an abundant selection of quality cocktails to choose from. If you’re heading to Jasper Brewing Company, try the Pink Rose Lemonade, a delicious mixture of gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, rose water and Cassis.

Champs Sports Lounge at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre offers a variety of beverages, including over 50 styles of classic or contemporary martinis. If you’re looking for a cocktail, taste the Pink Ribbon, a delightful combination of peach schnapps, orange juice, raspberry vodka and cranberry juice.

At Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria, make sure to order a drink along with your pizza! A springtime favorite is the Cucumber Capri, a refreshing mix of gin, 7-up, Canella Bellini, fresh cucumber and a lime twist.

If you want to soak up some sunshine, head down to the Inn Grill’s patio and try the Aurora Borealis, a medley of raspberry vodka, melon liquor, cranberry juice, lime juice, soda and fresh lime garnish.

Mike Day suggests trying the Rosemary Cosmopolitan at Evil Dave’s, a blend of rosemary infused vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice and soda water. This unique cocktail is sure to tickle your tastebuds and freshen up your springtime palate.

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Ring in the spring right and transport yourself and your fellow explorers to boozy heaven with these mouthwatering beverages! With so many things to look forward to in the spring, why not add a flavorful spring cocktail to the list?


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