SOURCE: Hood River Distillers

Hood River Distillers

May 10, 2011 16:02 ET

Spring Inspired Cocktails Are in Full Bloom

Hood River Distillers Says Goodbye to the Winter Blues With Spring Cocktails

HOOD RIVER, OR--(Marketwire - May 10, 2011) - According to Hood River Distillers, the largest and oldest liquor producer in the Pacific Northwest, there's no better way to ring in spring than with colorful and seasonally inspired cocktails. With spring in full swing, Hood River Distillers and local Portland bar and restaurant Jimmy Mak's share their favorite spring cocktail concoctions.

"As fresh fruits and vibrant vegetables begin to ripen, spring cocktails are a great way to celebrate the new season," said Tia Bledsoe, director of marketing of Hood River Distillers. "Spring-themed cocktails are much lighter and fresher and certainly pair well with spring holiday fare and gatherings."

Hood River Distillers partnered with Jimmy Mak's and created three spring-themed cocktail recipes, which will surely welcome the warm weather. Featuring spirits such as Pendleton Whisky, Yazi Ginger Vodka and Broker's Gin, each of these drinks brings thoughts of sunny days to the mind.

Pendleton Mint Julep

  • In a martini shaker, combine:
    • 1 sugar cube
    • 5 to 10 fresh mint leaves (depending on size)
    • 1/2 oz. Pendleton
  • Let above steep while crushing ice in a separate glass for the next step
  • Add crushed ice to mint/sugar mixture
  • Add an additional 1 1/2 oz. Pendleton, then top with water

Strain into a bucket glass and garnish with a sprig of mint

Cool Cucumber Martini

  • In a martini shaker, combine 1/2 oz. cucumber juice and 2 oz. Brokers Gin and ice
  • Stir well

Strain into a martini glass with one half of the rim salted. Garnish with a fresh cucumber slice.

Yazi Berry Martini

  • In a martini shaker, macerate 2 oz. fresh berries and add 1 to 2 sugar cubes
  • Add ice
  • Add 2 oz. Yazi Ginger Vodka
  • Shake well

Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with berries of choice

For more cocktail ideas and recipes, visit www.hrdspirits.com.

About Hood River Distillers
Founded in 1934 and headquartered in Hood River, Ore., Hood River Distiller is the Northwest's largest and oldest importer, producer, marketer and bottler of distilled spirits. Pendleton Whisky, Broker's London Dry Gin, Yazi Ginger Vodka, Knickers Irish Cream Whiskey, ULLR Nordic Libation, HRD Vodka and Monarch are just a few of the company's brands of spirits distributed across more than 40 states. Hood River Distillers is a member of the Century Council and promotes responsible drinking habits. For more information, visit www.hrdspirits.com.

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