As the world awakens from its winter slumber, Spring bursts forth with its colors and flavors. It’s that magical time of year again when nature hits the refresh button, and our taste buds are in for a wild ride. Today’s Happy Hour shows off Spring’s bounty – I’m talking about those elusive ramps that add a zing to every bite and the elegant stalks of asparagus that practically scream, “Spring has sprung!”

a bunch of spring white asparagus bundled with a mini spade and flower

Check out this recipe roundup – I’m serving up a feast that’ll make you forget all about winter’s woes. Who’s ready for Spring?

The Cocktail

2 glasses of boozy lavender lemonade next to a jug of a brand name lemonade and sprigs of lavender
The Adventure Bite - get the recipe

Dani from The Adventure Bite has a fun little cocktail she likes to call Boozy Lavender Lemonade. This delightful concoction blends the floral notes of lavender with the tartness of lemon, creating a refreshing and invigorating cocktail perfect for welcoming the season.

The Mocktail

a glass of virgin sangria with a skewer of fresh fruit
Pinch and Swirl - get the recipe

For those not imbibing, Marissa from Pinch and Swirl has a treat for us. Here, Non-Alcoholic Sangria is sure to hit the spot—the perfect thirst-quencher for warm Spring days.

The Protein

a platter of cooked shrimp wrapped in bacon with a glaze
Butter Your Biscuit - get the recipe

Prepare to tantalize your taste buds with Wendie’s Sweet and Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp from Butter Your Biscuit. This protein-packed delight combines succulent shrimp wrapped in crispy bacon, elevated with an irresistible sweet and spicy glaze. Yum!

The Veggie

a platter of white asparagus drizzled wit a shallot vinaigrette
Kate The Baker - get the recipe

Kate the Baker’s fab White Asparagus with Sherry Shallot Dressing is a real treat! I love white asparagus (it has a short season) and savor it as much as possible while it’s in season. I invite you to try it this Spring.

The Nosh

a stack of ramp fritters with a bundle of fresh ramps
Health Starts In The Kitchen - get the recipe

Take your taste buds on a wild ride with Hayley’s Ramp Fritters from Heath Starts In The Kitchen. These crispy babies celebrate another Spring specialty: ramps. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or a curious culinary explorer, these fritters will make you smile!

The Dip

stunning platter filled with beautiful spring vegetables and a bowl of lemon-feta dip for a Spring happy hour
The Café Sucre Farine - get the recipe

Next up is a burst of Mediterranean flavors with Scott & Chris’ Mediterranean Lemon Feta Dip from The Café Sucre Farine. This creamy sensation combines tangy feta cheese with the bright zest of lemon, creating a dip that’s as refreshing as a Spring breeze. They pair it with beautiful, fresh Spring veggies. Bon appétit!

The Bite

easter-colored eggs on a platter sprinkled with flake salt for Spring
Epicurious - get the recipe

Here’s the twist – Pickled Easter Eggs from Epicurious. Vibrant, tangy, and bursting with flavor, these eggs are a playful take on a classic favorite. Plus, they’re so pretty I couldn’t leave them off the menu. They almost don’t look real. #Impressed

The Sweet

a platter of ooey-gooey lemon bars
Once Upon A Chef - get the recipe

Satisfy your sweet tooth with Jenn Segal’s irresistible Lemon Bars. These are some of my all-time favorite sweets! Crispy, buttery shortbread, and tangy lemon curd—what’s not to love? Go ahead, indulge in the taste of Spring with every heavenly bite!

As Spring blooms and the days grow longer, there’s no better time to gather with family and friends for a fantastic happy hour. Here’s to good company, great food, and memorable moments. Cheers to the season of renewal and the vibrant flavors it brings! I encourage you to try a few of these recipes and let me know how you like them.

Keep Dancing, Darlene