Spring Sunshine Cocktail

Something about spring gets me all excited inside. Butterflies in my belly at the first signs of daffodils. Giddy when I see the new bunnies and lambs in the fields. Snowdrops twinkling along the canal brings a warmth to my heart. All these signs that we are getting out of our long, wet winter, and soon, we will be basking in the great British sunshine. Even the wild garlic is making an appearance.

This week, we had an unusually mild, spring evening. I was cycling home and heard a pop. I’d hit a sharp stone and my tyre had punctured. I was 3 miles from the boat and cursed myself for not having a spare. So I walked back, dragging the bike along, taking in the mild evening and the pink skies. I cycle this route every day, but my head is down and I’m focussed on the pedalling. Walking a route brings you the time to take in the surroundings and truly experience the nature and the joys of Spring.

Markets are now brimming with their spring produce, which gets me jumping for joy, especially when I see those juicy Sicilian Oranges (blood oranges to you and me). Bursting with juices and flavours, these beauties are packed full of Vitamin C, fibre and potassium, woop! Another of my favourite fruits to get me excited for summer is grapefruits. Growing up, I watched my mum eat her way through a lot of these sharp, strange fruits, vowing that I would never like them. Fast forward 10 years and I can’t get enough of them.

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20 thoughts on “Spring Sunshine Cocktail

  1. I’m the same as spring comes in, Pete noticed it many years ago, days I’m slightly drunken ne excitement! I think it’s the lengthening days after the dark winter … I get mild SAD and use a sunrise simulator clock to help me through the dark months. Seeing the flowers come through, and blossom on the trees… And then there’s all the produce! Love blood oranges, never used in drinks before!

  2. So pretty Sus! Love the idea of thyme and blood orange, would never have thought of making a thyme syrup to use in cocktails but would be such a special thing to do for an Easter lunch party. Will check out some more recipes at TheBar now I’ve got the cocktail bug!

  3. I’m with you on the spring feeling! (Even if the temperatures have dropped off again up here in Leeds…) These look lovely – what a great way to use seasonal ingredients 🙂

  4. Oh no, I remember getting punctured tyres in my cycling to work days – what a pain they were. Well done for being so laid back about it and enjoying the walk instead. Think you deserved the cocktail when you got home. it sounds fab and I love the thyme syrup idea.

  5. This looks gorgeous, I love blood oranges and the thyme syrup is inspired! Delicious, will be making up a few of these this weekend!

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