Russian Spring Punch Cocktail Drink

Russian Spring Punch

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Seeking simplicity in your next summer cocktail? The Russian Spring Punch recipe marries easy-to-find ingredients to produce a refreshingly simple drink to make and enjoy.

Russian Spring Punch Cocktail Recipe

Enjoy our Russian Spring Punch recipe, a rejuvenating medley of Vodka, Crème de Cassis, and a Champagne finale destined to be a crowd-pleaser at your next sun-drenched gathering!

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

174 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz Crème de Cassis
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 2-3 oz Champagne or Prosecco
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh berries, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes and stir them.
  • Combine Ingredients: In the shaker, combine ½ oz simple syrup, 1 oz lemon juice, ½ oz Crème de Cassis, and 1 oz Vodka.
  • Shake: Add ice into the shaker and shake well.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into your ice-filled highball glass.
  • Top with Champagne: Gently pour 2-3 oz Champagne or Prosecco into the glass, filling it to the top.
  • Stir: Stir gently the mixture, ensuring that you do not remove the bubbles and mix the sparkling wine properly.
  • Garnish: Garnish with fresh berries if desired.

Notes

Substitutes:

You can tweak the Russian Spring Punch recipe in several ways. If you don't have vodka, white rum or gin can stand in, altering the flavor profile subtly but keeping the spirit! Crème de Cassis, a blackcurrant liqueur, is unique, but in its absence, I've used Chambord (raspberry liqueur) or a blackberry syrup as a non-alcoholic option; both lend a delightful fruitiness. For Champagne, any sparkling wine will do — Prosecco or Cava offer nice alternatives. And if you're out of fresh lemon juice, bottled works in a pinch, though fresh lifts the drink!

Making a Pitcher:

You'll need to scale up to create a pitcher serving 8 people. Use 8 oz of vodka, 8 oz of lemon juice, 4 oz of crème de cassis, 4 oz of simple syrup, and 16-24 oz of Champagne. Combine vodka, lemon juice, crème de cassis, and simple syrup in the pitcher, stirring well. When ready to serve, pour into individual ice-filled glasses, top each with Champagne, garnish as desired, and serve immediately for bubbly enjoyment!

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

For a non-alcoholic version, replace the vodka with an equal amount of non-alcoholic vodka or white grape juice for sweetness. Skip the crème de cassis in favor of a blackcurrant cordial or syrup. Instead of Champagne, opt for a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or use club soda or sparkling water for that fizzy touch. Follow the rest of the steps and have a refreshing, alcohol-free spring punch!

Making it Vegan:

The basic Russian Spring Punch recipe is inherently vegan, but be mindful of the wine. Some wines, including Champagne, undergo fining processes using animal products. To ensure your drink is 100% vegan, opt for a vegan-labeled Champagne or sparkling wine, and check the labels on your other ingredients, especially if they're substitutes. Enjoy your cruelty-free, spirited concoction!

Nutrition Facts

Calories
174
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
13
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
17
g
19
%
Potassium
 
88
mg
3
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
9
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Russian Spring Punch Cocktail Drink

Russian Spring Punch Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Enjoy our Russian Spring Punch recipe, a rejuvenating medley of Vodka, Crème de Cassis, and a Champagne finale destined to be a crowd-pleaser at your next sun-drenched gathering!
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 174

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz Crème de Cassis
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 2-3 oz Champagne or Prosecco
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh berries - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes and stir them.
  • Combine Ingredients: In the shaker, combine ½ oz simple syrup, 1 oz lemon juice, ½ oz Crème de Cassis, and 1 oz Vodka.
  • Shake: Add ice into the shaker and shake well.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into your ice-filled highball glass.
  • Top with Champagne: Gently pour 2-3 oz Champagne or Prosecco into the glass, filling it to the top.
  • Stir: Stir gently the mixture, ensuring that you do not remove the bubbles and mix the sparkling wine properly.
  • Garnish: Garnish with fresh berries if desired.

Notes

Substitutes:

You can tweak the Russian Spring Punch recipe in several ways. If you don't have vodka, white rum or gin can stand in, altering the flavor profile subtly but keeping the spirit! Crème de Cassis, a blackcurrant liqueur, is unique, but in its absence, I've used Chambord (raspberry liqueur) or a blackberry syrup as a non-alcoholic option; both lend a delightful fruitiness. For Champagne, any sparkling wine will do — Prosecco or Cava offer nice alternatives. And if you're out of fresh lemon juice, bottled works in a pinch, though fresh lifts the drink!

Making a Pitcher:

You'll need to scale up to create a pitcher serving 8 people. Use 8 oz of vodka, 8 oz of lemon juice, 4 oz of crème de cassis, 4 oz of simple syrup, and 16-24 oz of Champagne. Combine vodka, lemon juice, crème de cassis, and simple syrup in the pitcher, stirring well. When ready to serve, pour into individual ice-filled glasses, top each with Champagne, garnish as desired, and serve immediately for bubbly enjoyment!

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

For a non-alcoholic version, replace the vodka with an equal amount of non-alcoholic vodka or white grape juice for sweetness. Skip the crème de cassis in favor of a blackcurrant cordial or syrup. Instead of Champagne, opt for a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or use club soda or sparkling water for that fizzy touch. Follow the rest of the steps and have a refreshing, alcohol-free spring punch!

Making it Vegan:

The basic Russian Spring Punch recipe is inherently vegan, but be mindful of the wine. Some wines, including Champagne, undergo fining processes using animal products. To ensure your drink is 100% vegan, opt for a vegan-labeled Champagne or sparkling wine, and check the labels on your other ingredients, especially if they're substitutes. Enjoy your cruelty-free, spirited concoction!

What is a Russian Spring Punch?

A Russian Spring Punch is a cocktail that blends Vodka with Crème de Cassis, lemon juice and Champagne. This drink holds a special spot in cocktails, often hailed for its refreshing yet sophisticated character, ideal for lively spring and summer gatherings. The name “Russian Spring Punch” reflects its origins and the lively kick it brings, much like the rejuvenating spirit of spring.

A side shot of a Russian Spring Punch Cocktail in a highball glass on a black stone coaster placed on a white table surrounded by a jigger, a plate with raspberries, a bar spoon, and a red cloth, in front of a red wall.

What is a Russian Spring Punch made of – The ingredients

These ingredients are what goes into a Russian Spring Punch:

  • Vodka: Provides the base spirit of the cocktail, lending a clean, clear, and neutral alcohol undertone.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a tangy acidity, balancing the sweetness of other ingredients and contributing a fresh zestiness.
  • Crème de Cassis: The drink has a deep, sweet, and fruity flavor, giving the cocktail its signature dark red hue.
  • Simple Syrup: Offers sweetness to counteract the tartness of the lemon, making the cocktail more palatable and well-rounded.
  • Champagne or Prosecco: Introduces effervescence and a sophisticated complexity, lightening the drink’s overall profile and enhancing its refreshing quality.
  • Fresh Berries (optional for garnish): Contribute a visual appeal and a hint of fresh berry flavor, complementing the Crème de Cassis and adding a finishing touch to the presentation.

Vodka, Crème de Cassis, Prosecco and two lemons laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Russian Spring Punch?

Our guide simplifies the process of making a Russian Spring Punch into easy steps:

1
<p>Fill your highball glass with ice cubes and stir them to chill your glass.</p>

Fill your highball glass with ice cubes and stir them to chill your glass.

2
<p>Take the shaker and add simple syrup.</p>

Take the shaker and add simple syrup.

3
<p>Pour lemon juice into the shaker.</p>

Pour lemon juice into the shaker.

4
<p>Add Crème de Cassis to the mix.</p>

Add Crème de Cassis to the mix.

5
<p>Pour Vodka into the shaker.</p>

Pour Vodka into the shaker.

6
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

7
<p>Shake it vigorously to meld the flavors, and chill the liquid, enhancing the refreshing taste.</p>

Shake it vigorously to meld the flavors, and chill the liquid, enhancing the refreshing taste.

8
<p>Remove the ice cubes from your chilled glass.</p>

Remove the ice cubes from your chilled glass.

9
<p>Refill the shaker with fresh ice.</p>

Refill the shaker with fresh ice.

10
<p>Strain the shaken mixture into your fresh ice-filled highball glass, leaving room for the Prosecco.</p>

Strain the shaken mixture into your fresh ice-filled highball glass, leaving room for the Prosecco.

11
<p>Gently top off the mixture in the glass with Prosecco or Champagne, adding bubbles that lift the flavors and introduce a sophisticated element.</p>

Gently top off the mixture in the glass with Prosecco or Champagne, adding bubbles that lift the flavors and introduce a sophisticated element.

12
<p>Stir gently the mixture, ensuring that you do not remove the bubbles and you mix the Prosecco properly.</p>

Stir gently the mixture, ensuring that you do not remove the bubbles and you mix the Prosecco properly.

13
<p>Garnish the drink with fresh berries, adding an aesthetic appeal and a hint of fruity sweetness.</p>

Garnish the drink with fresh berries, adding an aesthetic appeal and a hint of fruity sweetness.

14
<p>Enjoy your Russian Spring Punch cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your Russian Spring Punch cocktail!

Best Vodka for Russian Spring Punch drink

Selecting the right vodka is crucial for your Russian Spring Punch, as it forms the backbone of the cocktail. Opt for a quality brand that’s smooth, with a clean and neutral flavor profile, ensuring it complements rather than overwhelms the other ingredients. Belvedere and Grey Goose stand out for their exceptional clarity and crispness, both distilled in different ways that contribute to their unique, refined flavors. Stolichnaya, often referred to as Stoli, is a genuine Russian vodka option that offers robustness and a hint of grain, ideal for those seeking an authentic touch. For a budget-friendly yet still delicious option, Smirnoff No. 21 never disappoints, providing consistency and versatility without breaking the bank. However, I suggest Ketel One if you want to elevate your drink. This Dutch vodka strikes an impressive balance between quality and price, offering a subtle sweetness and lively, crisp finish that meshes seamlessly with the fruity notes of the cocktail. Remember, the best vodka will enhance, not overshadow, the symphony of flavors in your cocktail.

A Russian Spring Punch Cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a black stone coaster placed on a white table surrounded by a straw, a plate with raspberries, a bar spoon, and a red cloth.

History and Origins

The Russian Spring Punch has its roots in the vibrant cocktail culture of London, England. Its creation is credited to Dick Bradsell, a legendary bartender and innovator in the cocktail world during the 1980s. Bradsell is renowned for his significant impact on modern mixology and for inventing several famous cocktails.

The story goes that Bradsell crafted the drink while working at the now-defunct Fred’s Club in Soho, London. The aim was to create a refreshing, effervescent drink that could delight the palate and be easily served to the masses, a particularly useful trait during the city’s bustling spring and summer months. The “Russian” part of its name likely derives from vodka being a key ingredient commonly associated with Russia.

The cocktail quickly gained popularity, not just for its refreshing taste but also for its simplicity and the spectacle of its presentation, often served in highball glasses and garnished with fresh berries.

A Russian Spring Punch Cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a white marmol table surrounded by a Vodka bottle, a Crème de Cassis bottle, a Prosecco bottle, and two lemons.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Russian Spring Punch?
It typically contains approximately 150-200 calories, depending on the exact measurements and specific ingredient brands.
How strong is a Russian Spring Punch?
The strength varies based on the proportions and brands of alcohol, but typically, it has an ABV (Alcohol By Volume) of around 15-20%, equating to approximately 30-40 proof.
What alcohol is used in a Russian Spring Punch?
Vodka and Crème de Cassis are the primary alcohols, complemented by the addition of Champagne or Prosecco.
In which glass is a Russian Spring Punch served?
It's traditionally served in a highball glass.
What does a Russian Spring Punch taste like?
It offers a harmonious blend of sweet and tart flavors, with fruity undertones from the Crème de Cassis and a refreshing effervescence from the Prosecco or Champagne.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Russian Spring Punch?
The classic ratio is 1 part vodka, 1 part lemon juice, ½ part Crème de Cassis, ½ part simple syrup, topped with Champagne or Prosecco.
How is a Russian Spring Punch typically served regarding ice and presentation?
It's commonly served over ice, ensuring the drink remains chilled and dilutes slowly for a balanced taste.

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