If you’re in the Washington metro area, step outside today and smell the early blooming cherry blossoms. (Or if it’s still chilly where you're dwelling, close your eyes and imagine warmer times ahead.) And after your day of work is finished, make and sip one of these spring-inspired cocktails from the Recipe Finder.


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Invigorating Spring Tea-ser, above left. Invite some friends — this lavender-laced recipe makes four drinks.

Rites of Spring, above right. A riff on the Last Word, the classic cocktail from Detroit.


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It Must Have Been the Roses. Light and floral with a subtle touch of lemon.

To accompany your drinks, whip up one of these snacks:


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Olives With Citrus Zests and Fried Herbs. The sage and rosemary will compliment the spring-like flavors from the cocktails.


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Candied Lavender Pecans. Bet you can’t eat just one.


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Thyme-Sea Salt Cookies. Savory, sweet and buttery; feel free to switch up the herb.