Hi there! My name is Tess, a new writer to the Dayton Most Metro Community. I live in Downtown Dayton with my husband Tim. I am a restaurant professional, bartender, home baker and cook, and a food and party planning blogger.
The calendar tells me that it’s spring. However, here in Ohio, “spring” could mean a myriad of things. It could mean rain, it could mean 80 degrees, it could even mean snow. When I was younger I used to spend spring break in Florida, we’d get home, pull into the driveway and see that our tulips had bloomed… and then died of frost. Unfortunately adulthood ensures that I never get to celebrate spring break, so I have to endure the seasons’ “awkward phase” where it doesn’t know what the hell it wants to do. But, I know what I want to do…I want to sit on a freakin’ patio and drink a freakin’ cocktail. So, until the weather makes up its mind and decides to be sunny and 70 degrees, I will just be over here wishing for spring and the delightful drinks that come with it. Here are my favorite things to sip on:
Rosé season is my favorite time of year. Seriously, I don’t care a single bit about Christmas or my birthday…all I care about is that the newest batches of rosé are being bottled and I get to drink them. But also, because I’m basic, I like a good wine spritzer. Spritzers are great drinks for warm weather (and compliment a hangover perfectly!) So combine these two delightful things and you’ve got yourself a rosé spritzer. True to form, I’ve gussied it up a bit:
6 oz. Dry Rosé (not white zinfandel, I’m serious…through that away immediately)
Squeeze of fresh lime
Serve over ice
The elderflower tonic adds nice bubbles, a little touch of sweetness and lovely floral note to your wine. Once rosé season really kicks off, I’ll be listing of my favorites for the year, but in the meantime I poured myself a glass of Italian rosé, known as Chiaretto.
I’m not a huge beer drinker, more often than not I’ll opt for a cocktail or a glass of wine, but if I’m out at a very casual restaurant enjoying “bar food,” beer is my drink of choice. I recently tried Rhinegeist’s Bubbles Cider at Trolley Stop and I have become obsessed. Highlighted with flavors of peach and cranberry, this cider drinks sweet, almost like a sangria. But it’s got a crisp tartness that I love. One sip of this and you’ll be feeling that Spring in your step, guaranteed.
Something about those first few warm days of spring makes me want to sit out on a patio, and sip on something fancy. My sister “invented” this cocktail that sings of spring and is definitely worthy of a long night on a patio, and a basket of chips and salsa. We call it a “Cosmopolita” because it’s all the cosmo fixings, but with tequila in place of vodka. Because tequila is delicious and vodka is boring.
2 oz. silver tequila
½ oz. Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
½ oz. Lime juice
¼ oz. simple syrup
1 oz. cranberry
More than an ounce of cranberry and your drink turns red instead of pink, and I’m not sure if you’ve sensed a theme here…but apparently in spring I only drink pink.
So, now I hope you’re all very thirsty and ready to sit outside with a glass of wine…and possibly a parka.
You can follow more of my party tips, and cocktail recipes on my blog Ciao Vella. Cheers and Ciao!