With spring in full effect, many local watering holes are featuring the flavors of the season on their drink menus. Here are some particularly refreshing springtime libations we sampled in our travels around town:
THE PATIO POUNDER AT FRANCO
1535 S. Eighth St., 436-2500, eatatfranco.com
Take floral Hendrick's gin and muddle it with some English cucumber and fresh sage, add some Pimm's, lemon juice and a fl oat of tonic and you have what amounts to spring in a Collins glass.
THE BLOODY MARY AT TUCCI & FRESTA’S TRATTORIA AND BAR
15 N. Central Ave., 725-6588, tucciandfrestas.com
What sets this variation of this classic drink apart from the pack is the intensity of fl avor that comes from using Belvedere Bloody Mary vodka and muddled fresh cherry tomatoes. Add a gorgonzola-stuffed olive and a lemon wedge and this tasty beverage can be enjoyed poolside as easily as at the brunch table.
THE PLANTATION AT SALT
4356 Lindell Blvd., 932-5787, enjoysalt.com
Plymouth gin, ruby red grapefruit juice, Cointreau and lime juice make up the foundation of this creation. But it’s the fresh cinnamon basil leaves and house-made spiced syrup, which includes cinnamon, cardamom, apple, ginger and black peppercorn, that elevates this drink into a class by itself.
THE STABLE MEWS AT WATER STREET
7268 Manchester Road, 646-8355, waterstreetstl.com
Gin and vodka are often the go-to spirits for spring, but this cocktail uses blanco tequila as its base, with muddled cucumber and mint to add some seasonal garden flavors, yellow chartreuse for some herbal notes and fresh lime juice to balance out the mix.
THE CUCUMBER MARTINI AT BALABAN'S WINE AND TAPAS BAR
1772 Clarkson Road, 636-449-6700, balabanswine.com
This tasty take on the King of Cocktails uses organic cucumber vodka and builds layers of fl avor with fresh mint and mint syrup. A little club soda on top gives it a bit of sparkle.
THE BLUEBERRY GINN FIZZ AT CIELO
999 N. Second St., 881-5800, cielostlouis.com
This tasty take on the classic fizz features blueberry-infused Tanqueray gin, salted Earl Grey syrup, house-made sour mix and a fl oat of club soda. A little sweet, a little tangy and oh-so complex, it’s made for sipping and contemplating on the patio.