Three fruity cocktails to help hasten the arrival of spring


Mother Nature has been holding back on spring with a late-March snow and colder than average temperatures. For that reason, the timing doesn’t feel quite right to be introducing our Spring Signature Cocktails. On second thought, if we start serving them anyway, we might be able to convince Mother Nature to speed up the arrival of spring. And, if our theory is true, the more of these fruity, refreshing cocktails we serve at Harry’s, the better our chances of seeing warmer weather (hint, hint).

Were also sharing the recipes so you can make them at home. Flip those PJs inside-out and lets start mixing some drinks!

The first drink on our list, the Garden Spritzer, was concocted by Harry’s Bar Manager Taylor Malinowski and served as the official drink of Harry’s Ribbon Cutting ceremony on March 13.

“I chose the flavors because I wanted the drink to kind of match the Harry’s logo,” Taylor explains. “Thyme has a great flavor, plus it reminded me of the font in the Harry’s logo. The pomegranate has a beautiful color that also goes with the red in the Harry’s sign. I thought it was a drink to showcase what Harry’s is all about. It was bright, light, but still a little earthy.”

Garden Spritzer

1 oz. vodka
2 oz. pomegranate juice
Sparkling wine
1 oz. thyme simple syrup

In a mixing tin, add ice, vodka, pomegranate juice and thyme syrup. Shake vigorously and strain into a collins glass over fresh ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

If you’ve ever experimented with infused water, you may have discovered the delightful combination of strawberry, basil and lime. Further enhanced with light rum, this flavorful drink will make cold winter days a distant memory.

Basil ’n’ Berry Mash
2 oz. light rum
1-½ oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. agave nectar
Fresh strawberries

Begin by muddling fresh strawberry, basil and agave nectar in a clean mixing tin. Then add 1 tsp. strawberry puree, ice, lime juice and light rum. Tumble three times, pour into a rock glass and garnish with a strawberry.

The secret ingredient in our third spring cocktail is the vodka. Produced right here in Warrenton, Virginia, Belle vodka is on par with other high-quality brands such as Ketel One and Belvedere.

Lemonade Spiked by Belle
2 oz. Belle vodka
1-½ oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup
2 tsp. fruit puree (strawberry, mango, peach or raspberry)

Build in a rocks glass. Add one scoop of ice, fruit puree of your choice (optional), simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and Belle vodka. Tumble three times and garnish with a lemon wheel.

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Steve Wheat

Written by Steve Wheat

Steve Wheat is the Marketing Manager at Airlie. He has 25 years of experience as a creative professional with a diverse background, including graphic design, advertising, web development, photography, and publishing. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his equally creative wife, Carina, and two sons.


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