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Citrus Collins & Radish Appetizers: Earth Day

Citrus Collins & Radish Appetizers: Earth Day
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Light and refreshing are two adjectives that describe Spring. Peppery radish appetizers paired with a citrus Vodka Collins are a delicious salute to Earth Day and to early Spring. Finish up your outside chores and relax with these appetizers and drinks on the porch. This is one of the easiest appetizer-cocktail pairing you can make!

Radish and cream cheese appetizers with herbs on a white plate.
Citrus Vodka Collins with Cinnamon Syrup

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Spring Cocktails to Pair with Radishes:

So this riff on a vodka collins was created in honor of Earth Day (see video below for the hands-on tutorial). To me, a refreshing cocktail means effervescence (bubbles in other words), and I really like the slight bitterness of tonic, so this citrusy version of a vodka collins is the drink that pairs wonderfully with the freshness of Spring.

How to make the Earth Day Collins

Ingredients: (Recipe is in ratios so you can make a pitcher or one drink)

  • 2 parts Lemon Vodka
  • 1 part simple syrup (infused with cinnamon & vanilla if possible)
  • 1/2 part Limoncello
  • 1 large lemon wedge
  • 4 parts tonic water

Preparation: (see video at the end of this post for a how-to tutorial, or just follow these easy directions)

  1. Fill a tall glass with ice (spherical ice molds make a great “earth-shaped” ice cube)
  2. Add the vodka, the syrup, the Limoncello.  Squeeze in the lemon juice from the wedge.  Add the tonic water
  3. Stir gently until well mixed
  4. Garnish with a lemon wheel and/or a sprig of mint leaves.
Vodka collins with limoncello in a tall glass with a lemon cookie jar behind it.

More Spring Favorites:

Another May celebration that calls for appetizers and cocktails is the Kentucky Derby! Check out these Mint Juleps and Cheese Straws for your Kentucky Derby party.

Want to Make your own shrub syrups and simple syrups for signature cocktails? Check out this post on Mixology and explore!

Don’t like to imbibe? Have your fresh appetizers with one of these healthy green teas.

Radish Cream Cheese Appetizer

Radish and cream cheese appetizers with herbs on a white plate.
Radishes are one of the first things to come up in the spring and their spicy undertones and crunch enhance the rich creaminess of the cream cheese.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 237

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp butter 1/2 stick (softened)
  • 4 oz cream cheese Softened
  • 5 medium radish thinly sliced
  • 2-4 Tbsp scallions or chives minced
  • salt to taste optional
  • 2 slices bread soft white bread or pumpernickle bread is good

Instructions
 

  • Leave the butter and cream cheese on the counter for a while to soften (do not melt the butter – let it soften on its own)
    4 Tbsp butter, 4 oz cream cheese
  • In a small bowl, cream together the soften butter and cream cheese
  • Slice the radishes as thinly as possible (a mandolin works well here, but you can do it by hand also). Mince the green onion or chives into small pieces. Cut the crusts off of the bread slices and cut slices into small rectangles.
    5 medium radish, 2-4 Tbsp scallions or chives, salt to taste, 2 slices bread
  • Assemble the appetizer: spread the butter mixture thickly on the bread, add 3 radish slices, sprinkle with chopped green onion, and arrange in a geometric pattern for fun.

Video

Earth day Cocktail: Vodka Collins with Green Tea & Mint Syrup
Watch this video on YouTube.
Watch the Step by Step Video for More Details

Notes

These appetizers pair wonderfully with the Earth Day Collins.  Here’s the quick recipe for that:
EARTH DAY COLLINS:
  • 2 parts Lemon Vodka
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • 1/2 part Limoncello
  • 1 large lemon wedge
  • 4 parts tonic water
  1. Fill a tall glass with ice (spherical ice molds make a great “earth-shaped” ice cube)
  2. Add the vodka, the syrup, the Limoncello.  Squeeze in the lemon juice from the wedge.  Add the tonic water
  3. Stir gently until well mixed
  4. Garnish with a lemon wheel and/or a sprig of mint leaves.

Nutrition

Calories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 267mgPotassium: 76mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 736IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg
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Enjoy!!!

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Josh

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

These all look amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

dorothy stainbrook

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

And thank YOU for commenting Josh.

Beth Camero

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

What kind of bread did you use? You didn't actually mention bread in the ingredients.

dorothy stainbrook

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

Yes, this was an old post that I updated (so it was pre-low carb days). I can’t remember the bread I used, but with the crisp radishes I would probably use a soft white bread of some sort or a rich, high-fat bread like brioche.

Cherry Jeffs

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

Love the look of that Earth Day Vodka Collins! Got to get the ingredients and try it ?

dorothy stainbrook

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

Yes, it was a good one! The recipe is with blackberry syrup, but the photo was done with a citrus syrup. Just an fyi

Michael Zelbel

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

Looks really refreshing. Happy Earth Day!

dorothy stainbrook

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

To you also Michael!!

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