Dazzle your friends at your next party or get-together with these fabulous cocktail recipes. Choose from our collection of refreshing summer drinks or elegant aperitifs’. We even have something delicate for non-alcohol drinkers.
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1. Raspberry Sorbet Champagne Float
Do you remember those ice cream floats you relished growing up? Well, this is a posh grown up version of the same thing. Raspberry sorbet and champagne, need I say more? It will add a touch of sparkle to your next summer cocktail party. A dessert cocktail that is sophisticated and so delectable.
2. Cherry Chocolate Cooler
This is the perfect cocktail for a special date. Chocolate and cherries — you can’t possibly go wrong! This intoxicating love potion comes from British Master Chocolatier Paul A. Young (not to be confused with the singer ). It combines kirsch and cherries with dark chocolate. It can be personalized to the tipple of your choice.
3. Iced Vodka Gazpacho
This elegant concoction is a cross between an appetizer and an aperitif. It will definitely get the party started and keep the conversation flowing. It combines the classic flavors of a refreshing gazpacho with vodka and spices. A clever presentation hack by Brazilian-born chef Marcello Tully is to freeze the ice in shot glasses before serving the gazpacho in them.
4. Teacup Cocktail by Purl, London
Bring out your fancy China! A right royal cocktail made in honor of the last Royal Wedding by the dramatic, innovative, top end London cocktail bar, Purl. It is in fact, served in a teacup with a teapot to add aroma and pomp to this splendid brew. Try the recipe at home for an adult posh tea party.
5. Lemongrass & Thyme Summer Fizz
Thyme for a drink? Your teetotaler friends are going to love you for this gorgeous spa inspired thirst-quencher. It tastes as exquisite as it looks! Spirit drinkers will certainly feel left out. If you are tempted, you can add a shot of vodka or gin to it.
6. Chocolate White Russian
Are you throwing a grown up Charlie & the Chocolate Factory themed event? You simply must serve this! Kahlua and chocolate are a match made in heaven! It’s a twist on the White Russian, using chocolate syrup. Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, it’s garnished with a brownie. Just Yummy!
7. Pink Grapefruit Mojito
Who doesn’t love a Mojito? Tangy pink grapefruit brings a great bittersweet note to this zingy and zesty beverage. Take a sip and you will instantly feel yourself relaxing as you are transported to the beautiful white sandy beaches of the Caribbean.
8. Plum & Thyme Prosecco Smash
Hosting a brunch this weekend? Time to crack open the bubbly. Do it in style with this mimosa inspired Prosecco & plum cocktail that will delight your guests. You could serve it with sparkling water for those who prefer a non-alcoholic version.
9. Mango Margarita Recipe
TGIF folks! Unwind with this fresh mango beverage that packs a punch. The lemon-chili spiced rim works brilliantly to bring out the flavor of the mango. Put your feet up and have a fun relaxed weekend. Cheers!
10. Fast & Furious Cocktail
Are you a true blue Fast & Furious fan? This Hollywood movie inspired electrifying cocktail has blue curacao, coconut, apple pucker, and lemon-lime flavors. We love the glow in the dark ice cubes that add a bit of drama and fun, just like the lights underneath the cars in the film.
11. Leaf and Spear
Have you ever encountered a super food in a cocktail bar? No, right. Now then, in true LA style, this exotically spiced blend by bartender Christiaan Rollich of Los Angeles’s chic A.O.C. Wine Bar is made with kale. Oh yeah, you read that right! Kale?! It also has fresh green harissa and some spicy jalapenos for a kick. Recreate it at home and astonish your health conscious friends.
12. Green Tomato Bloody Mary
You don’t have to grow your own tomatoes to try this refreshing green tomato Bloody Mary. This drink is made with fresh cucumber, green pepper, jalapeno, and lime juice. This would almost be a healthy skin tonic without the vodka. Serve this with Mexican food for a new twist on the classic.
13. The Espresso Martini
This heavenly elixir is concocted with Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua, Frangelico, and Double Espresso Vodka. It’s decadently sinful and irresistible!
14. Orange Creamsicle Jello Shots
Jello Shots don’t have to end with college. They are popular, crowd-pleasing, easy to knock out, and totally wicked! Try this orange creamsicle version that is so delicious it will be remembered as the best treat at your next shindig!
15. Rosemarycano Cocktail
Imagine yourself enjoying a gorgeous Italian meal under the blue skies on a summer evening. Time seems to stop for a while as you sip this Lemon and Rosemary infused sun-downer and simply watch the world go by. Salute!
16. Aquavit Spritzer (with jam)
Jam in a cocktail? Why not? You can’t go wrong by adding alcohol with fruit and sugar. This jam cocktail uses lingonberry jam, but you can try this with your favorite jam. Might I suggest, blackberry jam and vodka?
17. Strawberry Beer Lemonade
Beer is not often used in a cocktail; however, it lends itself beautifully to create this refreshing drink. It’s already carbonated. With the growing trend of interesting craft beers with undertones of fruit, flowers, and even herbs to enhance flavor, makes beer an exciting base for a cocktail. This delightful, light concoction is a real crowd-pleaser that goes down well with non-beer lovers as well.
A glamorous celebratory drink is easy to prepare and a delight to savor. It is created with a rather unexpected classic Scotch whisky, Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, which gives it its beautiful golden hue.
19. Autumn Sangria
This wonderful deep rich Autumnal drink would be a showstopper at your Thanksgiving dinner. Can’t wait until then? You can whip up a batch this weekend, we won’t tell anyone, promise (wink)!
20. Flaming Gorilla Shots
Flaming shots are impressive and so exciting! Here is a simple recipe to try at home.
TIP: Remember to blow out the flame before you drink the shot.
Recipe: Pour 1/3 oz of Kahlua into a shot glass. Then, layer with a bar spoon of 1/3 oz Peppermint Schnapps. Lastly. layer again with a bar spoon of 1/3 oz Bacardi 151. Then light the drink with a flame and blow it out after about 5 seconds or so — then shoot! Cheers!
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