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Cocktail making

We’re shaking up great cocktails for spring, featuring some of our favorite spirits and ingredients. Light and refreshing drinks like these are the perfect way to toast the official start of a new season. And you can save now when you pick up the spirits you’ll need for spring at Total Wine & More.

Every town has its favorites when it comes to cocktails. However, when we think spring our minds can’t help but go to a Margarita. This season, we love a twist on that classic cocktail: the Tequila-Berry Twist.


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Tequila-Berry Twist

3 oz. El Padrino Blanco tequila

2 oz. strawberry liqueur

Dash bitters

Dash freshly squeezed lime juice

Splash club soda

Lime slice, for garnish

Pour tequila and strawberry liqueur into tall glass with ice. Stir. Add bitters, lime juice and club soda. Stir and garnish with lime slice.



The gimlet dates back to the 18th century, but it accrued true cultural cachet when it appeared in Raymond Chandler’s famous crime novel “The Long Goodbye.” This easy recipe calls for fresh lime juice plus sweetener, instead of the more conventional bottled lime juice, because hey – it’s spring.


2 oz. Blysk Vodka

¾ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

¾ oz. simple syrup

Lime wheel, for garnish

Add spirits, lime juice and simple syrup to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass, or strain over ice into an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.


tropical splash cocktail

Rum is a versatile spirit that adds great flavor to a variety of cocktails. This brilliantly colored drink offers juicy flavor and a preview of hot, sunny days to come.

Tropical Splash Cocktail

1 oz. Kaniche XO Rum

2 oz. mango juice

2 oz. cranberry juice

Maraschino cherry and mango, for garnish

Add rum to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add juices and shake well. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with cherry and mango slice.

Find additional cocktail recipes at the Total Wine & More Cocktail Corner.

Is your bar ready for spring? Find everything you need at your local Total Wine & More.