Making cocktails for friends and family can be a great way to show off your skills as a party host or bartender. Some common cocktails are listed below, from traditional favorites to funky drinks to sweet treats. Although many recipes have their variations, these cocktail recipes are sure to give you a great starting point for your cocktail parties.
- 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.
There are many variations on this drink. Some muddle the cherry and orange with the sugar cube, bitters and water. Others are strictly against adding fruit at all. See what your guests prefer before diving into this much-loved but much-debated classic. Use Brandy instead of whiskey for a Brandy Old Fashioned.
- Sugar cube
- 1-2 dashes of bitters
- 1 oz whiskey or bourbon
- Orange wedge
Combine sugar cube, bitters, and a teaspoon of water in a glass. Muddle well. Pour whiskey into glass and stir. Carefully add ice and garnish with a cherry and orange wedge.
- 1 ½ oz amaretto almond liqueur
- 1-2 splashes of sweet and sour mix
Pour amaretto into a shaker of ice. Add a splash or two of sweet and sour mix. Shake well. Strain into an old fashioned glass and garnish with a cherry and orange.
- 1 ½ oz peach schnapps
- Orange juice
Pour the peach schnapps into a highball glass filled with ice. Fill with orange juice and stir well.
Long Island Iced Tea
- 1 part vodka
- 1 part tequila
- 1 part rum
- 1 part gin
- 1 part triple sec
- 1 ½ parts sweet and sour mix
- 1-2 splashes cola
Mix all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Give one brisk shake, then pour into glass. There should be a light fizz on top. Garnish with lemon and serve.
- 1 oz Vodka
- ½ oz Triple Sec
- ½ oz cranberry juice
Pour all ingredients into a shot glass and serve.
- 1 oz tequila
- 1 oz Triple Sec
- 1 oz lime juice
Pour vodka and triple sec in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of orange.
- ¾ oz crème de menthe
- ¾ oz white crème de cacao
- ¾ oz light cream
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail glass and serve with a garnish of fresh mint.
Lemon Drop Martini
- 2 ½ oz citrus-flavored vodka
- 2 oz orange liqueur
- Juice from one lemon wedge
Place vodka and orange liqueur in a shaker with ice. Squeeze in lemon juice. Shake vigorously. Moisten the rim of the cocktail glass with water or lemon juice, and dip into sugar to coat the rim. Strain the cocktail from the shaker into the cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of lemon.
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