What does spring look like in Gatlinburg? The flowers are blooming across the mountains, patches of green start to emerge and people are shedding their winter clothes. Just like birds flocking back home, our cabins our busier than ever now that the weather is starting to warm up. There is nothing quite like spending the springtime outdoors, and that includes having some tasty adult beverages. If you bring the ingredients, here are some spring-inspired drink recipes we would like to share with you:
Cherry Blossomtini: Designed by mixologist Allen Katz, this drink is easy to whip up in your kitchen. Simply add all the ingredients in a shaker and then strain. Produces one drink.
2 1/4 parts Gekkeikan Sake
3/4 part cranberry juice
3/4 part Cointreau┬«
1/4 part fresh lime juice
2 dashes orange bitters
La Primavera: The name of this drink translates into “the spring” in Spanish. It was designed by mixologist Humberto Marques and is always a smash hit around this season. Add all of the ingredients into a drink mixer and shake well. Strain into a glass, preferably a chilled glass. Garnish with aloe vera leaves.
3/4 oz Lillet Blanc
1 1/2 oz Geranium Gin
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1 oz Korean aloe vera honey tea
Aloe vera leaves for garnish
Peach Treaty: Designed by Indiana native Jason Beatty during the Finlandia Vodka Cup, this drink is perfect for enjoying the warm breezes of spring in Gatliburg. Chill glass with ice spheres. In the mixing glass, add all of the ingredients with separate ice. Strain the mixture over the cubes in the serving glass and garnish with a lemon wheel.
Finlandia Classic Vodka 1 1/3 oz
Orange Blossom Honey with Water 3/4 oz
Peach Juice 3 oz
Rooibos Tea with Berries 3 oz.
Lemon Juice 1/2 oz
3 Ice Spheres with Violets Frozen Within
And for the kids, you can whip up a green lemonade. Wait, a what? It is as fun to make as it is to drink. Simply muddle the simple syrup and kiwi, then add the limeade, lemonade and ice. Shake until well mixed and then strain into a glass. You can easily turn this into an adult drink too with a dash of vodka.
2 oz limeade or lime cordial
4 oz lemonade
4 kiwi slices, peeled
3/4 oz simple syrup
kiwi or lime slice for garnish
Of course, drinks go well with snacks and desserts as well. Every luxury cabin rental at the Elk Springs Resort features a complete kitchen with all of the cooking utensils you will need. Fire up the grill to whip up some tasty BBQ treats for the whole group. There is nothing we like more than seeing our guests having a good ole’ time at the Elk Springs Resort. We have even seen new friendships being forged between neighbors. You never know who you will meet in the Great Smoky Mountains!
As always, do not hesitate to contact us at the main office. If you have any questions about where to find grocery stores, liquor stores or even delivery services, we will gladly help make your stay as easy and carefree as possible.