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Snow has fallen and the coats have come off (for at least a day).  It’s officially spring, and even though the weather isn’t cooperating, these colorful cocktails will recall what beautiful, glorious spring is. Fragrant blossoms and flower power flourish in your glass—without the allergies:

Leave it to José Andrés to give you a picture of spring in a glass with now closed Café Atlantico’s Old Man and the Sea ($12, pictured) with hibiscus infused rum and lime, served up with a pouf of hibiscus air. Not to be outdone by its sister restaurant, Oyamel’s Mexican gin and tonic ($11) shakes things up with Bombay Sapphire, St. Germain, Q-Tonic, cilantro, epazote, orange peel and micro-marigolds.

Ping Pong Dim Sum asks that you wake up and smell the Lychee & Roses ($11), shaking up Bombay Sapphire gin, rose syrup, lime  and sweet lychee juice.

Zola’s Prickle 2 ($12) heats you up with Milagro silver tequila, Wilder Bros hot prickle, house sour and violet liquor.

At PS7′s, no garden gnomes were harmed in the making of Gnome’s Water ($10) blending Hendrick’s gin, cucumber water, lemon and lavender syrup.  Try it for yourself:

PS7′s Gnome’s Water

1½ oz Hendrick’s Gin
1 oz triple sec
1 oz cucumber water (see Notes)
1 oz sour (equal parts lemon and lime)
Lavender simple syrup (see Notes) to taste

Fill a Collins glass with ice cubes. Combine gin, triple sec, cucumber water and sour. Drizzle lavender syrup on top to taste. Garnish with rolled cucumber peels.

Notes: For cucumber water, use the juice of peeled cucumbers.  For lavender simple syrup, simmer 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water, with 1 tablespoon of dried lavender.  Strain before use.

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