Easy Cocktail Recipes for Any Occasion


If you’ve ever sat at your local bar, ordered a cocktail, then watched your bartender create your drink as if by magic, then you might have wondered if you could ever do the same. The answer yes. All you need are a few simple tools and your favorite drink recipe. However, if you don’t quite know what your favorite adult drink is yet, we’ve got several super easy cocktail recipes for every taste.

Tried n’ True Cocktails

White Russian


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur
  • Light cream

Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice. Pour vodka and coffee liqueur over ice, then float light cream on top. Yes, it’s that easy.

Old Fashioned


  • Sugar cube
  • 1-2 dashes of bitters
  • 1 oz whiskey or bourbon
  • Cherries
  • Orange wedge

Combine sugar cube, bitters, and a teaspoon of water in a glass. Mix well with a cocktail muddler. Pour whiskey into glass and stir. Carefully add a couple cubes of ice. Garnish with a cherry and an orange wedge. Look at you, you classy devil.

Amaretto Sour


  • 1 1/2 oz amaretto almond liqueur
  • 1-2 splashes of sweet and sour mix

Pour amaretto into a cocktail shaker with ice. Add a splash or two of sweet and sour mix. Shake it like you’re seeing KC & The Sunshine Band live on Soul Train in 1976. Then, use your handy dandy cocktail strainer and strain into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a cherry or an orange slice.

Funky Sippers

Fuzzy Navel


  • 1 ½ oz peach schnapps
  • Orange juice

Pour the peach schnapps into a hi-ball glass filled with ice. Fill with orange juice and stir well. Then, go sit on a beach and soak up some rays. If you don’t live near a beach, then sit at your computer and look at pictures of the beach. It’s almost the same.

Long Island Iced Tea


  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part tequila
  • 1 part rum
  • 1 part gin
  • 1 part triple sec
  • 1 1/2 parts sweet and sour mix
  • 1-2 splashes cola

Measure your ingredients with a bar jigger. Pour all of your ingredients into a shaker with ice. Give one brisk shake, then pour into a hi-ball or a Collins glass. You’ll be glad you’re making this cocktail at home if you plan on having more than one. Cab fare is outrageous, nowadays!

Cosmopolitan Martini


  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz cranberry juice

Pour vodka, cranberry juice and triple sec in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into martini glass and garnish with a twist of orange.

You can also add a squeeze of lime to the shaker before mixing if you’d like some extra flavor.

Kamikaze Shot


  • 1 oz tequila
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 oz lime juice

If you like your shot chilled, pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake a couple times and serve in a shot glass.

To serve at room temperature, simply pour the ingredients directly into the shot glass and serve.

Sweet Treats



  • ¾ oz crème de menthe
  • 3/4 oz white crème de cacao
  • 3/4 oz light cream

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail glass and serve with a fresh mint leaf. Kudos if you grew the mint leaf yourself. Kudos if you had mint in the fridge before you decided to make this drink.

Lemon Drop Martini


  • 2 1/2 oz citrus-flavored vodka
  • 2 oz orange liqueur
  • Juice from one lemon wedge
  • Sugar

Place vodka and orange liqueur in a shaker with ice. Squeeze in lemon juice. Shake vigorously.

Moisten the rim of the martini glass with water or lemon juice. Dip the glass rim in sugar. Then strain the cocktail from the shaker into the cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of lemon.

Serve this delicious cocktail on a warm summer day. Or whenever you want.


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Rachael Niswander

Rachael is a writer in Denver, Colorado with an affinity for food and all things food-related. When she isn't writing or doing other foodie things, Rachael enjoys reading, hooping, tattoos, dancing, learning about herbs and natural living, and spending time with friends, her husband Michael and their two cats, Tip Toes and Pippin.

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