There are many drink choices and of course, there are always traditional seasonal alcoholic drinks as well as your favorite beverages that are popular year-round.
What are Seasonal Alcoholic Drinks? The seasonal alcoholic drinks vary periodically based on what is in season food-wise, what the temperature is, and what holiday or special occasions are coming up. They can also vary depending on what part of the country you live in. Some parts of the country celebrate different things. One state might celebrate the potato harvest while another state might celebrate the harvest moon.
Focusing on seasonal, sustainable additions to your drink menu is just one more way to make an impact and it is fun!
Best Seasonal Alcoholic Drinks for Spring
Spring is the new beginning of each year when the rains wash away the sludge of winter bringing flowers, greenery, and a fresh perspective. We have so many beautiful spring wildflowers splashing the landscape. Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons in Texas. Texas wildflower season includes bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, buttercups, phlox, and pink evening primrose among many others.
In Texas, spring means fresh citrus, strawberries, pummelo (pomelo), cucumbers, and rosemary are plentiful. Depending on where you live, incorporate the array of spring colors, seasonal fruits, herbs, and vegetables into your drink menu and you are sure to be a big hit.
What is better than a light refreshing cool adult beverage on a spring day?
Seasonal alcoholic drinks that reflect the lightness and newness of the spring season can include:
- Tom Collins
- Cucumber Lime Margarita
- Lilac Lemon Drop Cocktail (lilacs taste like lavender)
- Fizzy Mimosas
- Grapefruit Rosemary Fizz
- Cherry Blossom
- Basil Martini
- Bees Knees
- Craft Ales with a hint of Grapefruit
- Session IPA’s
- Light Sangrias
- Texas Tea (anytime)
Check out these spring cocktails for a crowd.
And don’t forget to incorporate your local spring colors, local edible flowers for garnish along with the seasonal fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables in your area.
Best Seasonal Alcoholic Drinks for Summer
Summer is the hottest season of the year and in Texas that means HOT! No matter whether you are at a pool party, a barbeque, the beach, or just a getaway at home any drink menu with fizzy, frozen, slush, lemon, and limeade are sure to be a big hit. Watermelons, cantaloupe, peppers, cucumbers, as well as other seasonal fruit, herbs, and vegetables make a great seasonal summer drink. Drinks made with lemon-lime sodas are popular summer drinks in Texas and you guessed it, a good beer.
Easy seasonal alcoholic summer drinks and classic summer drinks to cool you off include:
- Peach Mimosas
- Fruit-based Gin and Tonic
- Frozen Pina Coladas
- Vodka Watermelon Cooler
- Frozen Daiquiris
- Vodka Slush
- Frozen Margarita
- Jalapeno Cucumber Margarita
- Texas Ranch Water (silver tequila, sparkling water, and citrus)
- Minty Mojitos
- Summer Party Punch
- Ginger Beer & Rum (In Texas you add lime juice)
- Liquor infused Lemonades
- Texas Tea (anytime)
- Summer Craft Beers
- Shiner Beer (Shiner, TX)
- Lone Star Beer (It’s a Texas tradition y’all)
- Pearl Light
- Oh, and did I mention Pearl Beer?
Check out these summer cocktails for a crowd.
And don’t forget to incorporate your local summer colors, local edible flowers for garnish along with the seasonal fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables in your area. Sunflowers are abundant in the Texas summer landscape and so are fresh Texas Farmers Markets.
Best Drinks for Fall
In Texas, fall is our short season as summer seems to go on forever and winter is close to the heels of summer. Most areas of Texas are rarely below freezing except for the Texas panhandle. I lived in Amarillo a city on the Texas panhandle for many years. When my oldest was about five years old on Halloween it was 80 degrees at noon and blowing a blizzard at 20 degrees around 4 o’clock that afternoon.
My son was adamant that he was going trick or treating. We grabbed our parkas (that’s a jacket with a hood in Texas), gloves, and a large paper sack. Boy did we hit the jackpot that year! Almost every house we went to just dumped the entire bowl of treats in his sack. We made it around one city block before we had to go inside, and the large paper grocery sack was full to the top with treats.
Pumpkins are abundant in the fall as well as pecans, acorns, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes, winter and summer squash, apples, and late peaches. You can choose from many more fruits and vegetables, including seasonal herbs.
Seasonal alcoholic fall drinks to keep you warm that reflect the colorful fall season can include:
- Texas Wine (from a local winery)
- Apple Cider Sangria
- Apple Cider Mimosas
- Pecan Pie Martinis
- Pumpkin Craft Beer
- Cranberry Honey Margarita
- Spiced Punch
- Mulled Wine
- Bloody Maria
- Cactus Blue Moon
- Cinnamon Tequila Hot Toddy
- Texas Irish Coffees
- Mexican Coffee Cocktail
- Texas Tea (anytime)
Fall cocktails for a crowd.
Hit the Farmers Markets before they close for winter to get your freshest fruits, vegetables, nuts, and herbs. Texas honey is a great addition to any beverage. Toasted acorns and pecans make great finger food for your get-togethers or just enjoying with your favorite drink at home.
Best Drinks for Winter
Winters are typically mild in most of Texas. Snow is a rare event in central and south Texas. As a matter of fact, Texas is a popular destination for snowbirds who want to avoid the snow and cold temperatures of a northern winter. Sage, purslane, celery root, winter wheat, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, pomegranates, shallots, and winter squash among others are abundant in the fall through winter months. Many other fruits, vegetables, and herbs are multi-seasonal in Texas due to the mild winters in most areas.
Some of the best winter liquours are brandy, rum, and whiskey. They will warm up your bones whether served hot or cold. Seasonal alcoholic winter drinks to keep you warm all season long include all the fall drinks with the addition of:
- Holiday Sangria
- Texas Prairie Fire
- Tito’s Winter Warmer (or Tito’s Anything)
- Hot Ice Cream Buttered Rum
- Hot Spiced Toddy
- Irish Coffee Cocktail
- Peppermint White Russian
- Christmas Cranberry Margarita (made with homemade honey cranberry sauce)
- Sneaky Pete Whiskey Cocktail
- Jameson Whiskey on The Rocks
- Bourbon on The Rocks
- Jack Daniels and Baileys
- Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon Neat
- Bourbon and Honey Punch
- Shiner Bock or other Dark Beers
- Christmas Ale
- Texas Tea (anytime)
Winter cocktails for a crowd.
Texas is one of the largest producers of fresh fruits and vegetables in the nation, so your choices are always endless. More than 60 commercial fruit and vegetable crops are grown in the Lone Star State — from apples to zucchini and everything in between. Enjoy all the Texas seasons and sustainable produce throughout the year.
Remember to drink responsibly and with moderation.
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