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Sexy Spring Cocktails inspired by Mother Nature

Signs of spring may seem elusive, but the fruits and flowers of the season will debut in good time. Until then, take inspiration from Mother Nature’s palette for colorful additions to your cocktails!

From Arizona’s Sonoran desert to the mountains of New York, historic city charms of Montreal and the seacoast splendor of Massachusetts and Florida, top-notch hotel bars share favorite spring-inspired cocktails to cheers the changing of the winter guard.

We have eleven cocktails to share with you throughout the week and our first three hail from all over the Northern Hemisphere. Happy Sipping and Bottoms up!

Cantaloupe Martini

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Cantaloupe Martini from jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountainfrom jade bar at Scottsdale’s fan favorite Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain (Ariz.)


  • 5 ounces Titos Vodka
  • 2 ounces Watermelon liqueur
  • Splash Orange juice (fresh)
  • Splash  Lime juice (fresh)


Combine all ingredients with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a cantaloupe ball. 


East Cocktail

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East Cocktail at Renaissance MontrealFrom the Renaissance Montreal, Canada’s hottest new hotel as of Jan. 2016


  • 5 ounces Hennessy V.S.
  • 5 ounces Sake
  • 1 ounces  Lime juice
  • 1 ounces  Lemongrass syrup
  • 1 ounces  Pomegranate juice
  • 5 ounces  Egg white


Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously. Filter the drink with a cocktail strainer into an Old Fashioned glass, already filled with ice.

Painted House Margarita

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Painted House Margarita at Henry’s Bar at the Harbor View HotelFrom Henry’s Bar at the 125-year-old Harbor View Hotel (Martha’s Vineyard)


  • 2 ounces  Silver Tequila
  • 1 ounce Triple sec
  • 2 ounces  Pomegranate juice


1 ounce  Homemade sour mix (Mix two cups of simple syrup to one cup of lemon juice, one cup of lime juice, and 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice for an ample batch)

Combine tequila, triple sec, sour mix and pomegranate juice over ice in a pint glass and shake back and forth into a metal shaker. Rim the pint glass with salt, pour contents from shaker into the glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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