All the Cocktails!

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We’ve gathered our cocktail recipes in one place to make it easier for you to get your drink on. You’ll find a few full recipes of the classics and many, many more versions to try. You’ll find your new favorite, for sure!

For those of you trying to limit alcohol, here are some great swaps for some of the ingredients you find in the recipes.

Mocktail Swaps:

1. Bourbon Substitute: Club Soda and vanilla. 1 part vanilla to 2 parts Club Soda
2. Cherry Syrup Substitute: REAL cherry juice
3. Tequila Substitute: Agave Juice
4. Triple Sec Substitute: fresh orange juice
5. Gin & Whiskey Substitute: there really isn’t a great substitute. Try a different drink :)

faux mojito

Mango Fauxito (Mocktail)
1 lime quartered
2 sprigs mint
1.5 oz. jalapeno simple syrup (1 shot glass)
3 oz. mango nectar
3 oz. seltzer water
Jalapeno Simple Syrup:
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 jalapeno (remove seeds if you don’t want too spicy or leave if you love the heat Instructions)

First make your simple syrup. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil and stir in sugar until dissolved.
Remove from heat and add in jalapeno. For a slight jalapeno flavor, remove after 15 minutes. Otherwise, leave in until it reaches the intensity you like.
In a large cocktail shaker, muddle your mint with lime wedges and your simple syrup.
Fill your shaker with ice and pour the mango nectar on top. Shake rigorously until the shaker feels very cool to the touch. Meanwhile, fill a rocks glass with ice.
Pour your mango mojito into your glass and top with seltzer. Garnish with a lime wedge and extra mint. Enjoy!

Coconut Lime French Soda (only 3 ingredients)
This is a crazy easy and crazy yummy French soda with the creamy goodness of coconut and the refreshing citrus of lime! You’ll love it!
The Orange Sundown Rum Cocktail
A beautiful, easy, and amazing cocktail full of rum and orange!
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fresh orange slices and mint in an orange cocktail

SKINNY MARGARITA:

How to make a skinny margarita | a classic recipe for a magarita along with extra recipes, tips, and tricks.

We’ve put the skinny margarita version here because we think it is more useful, but we also have the classic version on our full Margarita post.  Knowing how to make a basic margarita is incredibly helpful for hosting parties, because once you know the basic you can make infinite variations!  And a margarita is almost always appreciated by everyone you might invite over.

How to make a skinny margarita | a classic recipe for a magarita along with extra recipes, tips, and tricks.
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Skinny Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces Tequila
  • 1/2 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • lime wedge for garnish
  • sugar

Instructions

  • Wet the rim of your glass (a lime works well for this) and add sugar to the rim.
  • Shake the tequila, orange juice, and lime juice together in a shaker and pour into prepared glass.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.

Notes

If you don’t have a shaker, you can just stir your drink in the glass.
Also, many people prefer to add 1-2 teaspoons of sugar to this drink for added sweetness.
Strawberry Basil Margarita
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A delicious strawberry basil frozen margarita
Orange Jalapeno Margarita
A delicious, fun twist to the traditional margarita. Spicy jalapeno mixed with fresh orange juice for the perfect margarita!
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Rhubarb margarita
A delicious rhubarb margarita
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Homemade Margarita Mix Recipe
this is an easy and delicious homemade margarita mix…just add alcohol!
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Classic Margarita
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How to make a skinny margarita | a classic recipe for a magarita along with extra recipes, tips, and tricks.

 BLOODY MARY:

How to make a bloody mary | basic recipe for bloody mary's

 Bloody Mary’s can be tricky, because everyone has their own personal favorite version.  This recipe is a basic homemade version that works as a great base for adding additional ingredients to, but we also have two other versions listed in our full Blood Mary article.  This cocktail is the perfect brunch beverage, and can be spruced up with all sorts of fun garnishes.  

How to make a bloody mary | basic recipe for bloody mary's
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Homemade Bloody Mary

The classic recipe for a bloody Mary that always works!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
# of servings 1 serving

Ingredients

  • Celery salt for rim
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Tomato juice
  • 2 dashes Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 tsp horseradish
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 pinch paprika

Instructions

  • Dampen the rim of your glass (moving a lemon wedge along the rim will do this).
  • Place celery salt on a plat and press your glass rim onto it.
  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Place all remaining ingredients in cocktail shaker.
  • Shake.
  • Strain cocktail into glass.
  • Garnish with celery and a lime wedge, or a pickle spear and olive.
Cranberry Moscow Mule
A delicious festive cocktail. We added a scoop of vanilla ice cream for even more fun!
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Festive cranberry moscow mule is a perfect holiday cocktail recipe!
Cranberry Whiskey Sour
An easy and delicious cocktail that can be tweaked and adapted for any taste!
Check out this recipe

CLASSIC MARTINI:

How to make a martini | basic martini recipe as well as tips, tricks, and variations to try.

People seem to have this idea that martinis are hard to make, but they are actually one of the easiest cocktails to make!  You need 2 ingredients and olives if you want to make it a dirty.  Our full martini post gives a great explanation on the variations (dirty, dry, up, etc.) if you are intimidated of the whole process.  And really…this is an easy drink to make!

Sweetheart Martini
A delicious and easy martini recipe perfect for Valentine's Day
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A sweetheart martini is a delicious cocktail perfect for Valentine's Day. It is a mix of a grapefruit martini and a cherry martini.
Lavender Mimosa Cocktail
A Lavender Mimosa Cocktail recipe that you can make by the pitcher. Easy to make, delicious, and serves a crowd!
Check out this recipe
Rosemary Honey Moscow Mule
Honey simple syrup is infused with fresh rosemary and added to vodka and ginger beer for a fall take on the Moscow Mule. This Rosemary Honey Moscow Mule will be a favorite in your house all year long!
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Hot Cider Hot Toddy
A warm fall drink full of cinnamon spice flavors, hard cider, and whiskey
Check out this recipe
Watermelon Punch (group serve)
an easy, refreshing tasting adult punch to serve for a crowd!
Check out this recipe
How to make a martini | basic martini recipe as well as tips, tricks, and variations to try.
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Martini Recipe

A classic martini recipe for everyone to love!
Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
# of servings 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 part dry vermouth
  • 4 parts gin you’ll want good quality
  • olives, optional

Instructions

  • Stir together, or shake in a cocktail shaker.
  • Serve in a martini glass.
Lemon Basil Gin Fizz
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Rosemary Lemon Ginger Fizz cocktail is a great clean cocktail for your summer parties!
How to make a Manhattan | a basic Manhattan recipe

CLASSIC MANHATTAN AND OLD-FASHIONED:

We put Manhattans and Old Fashioned’s together because they are almost the exact same drink.  Almost.  This drink has a few more ingredients, and tons of variations, but is another simple classic that you should feel completely capable of making on your own.  Go to our full post for even more information.

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Old Fashioned Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon club soda or water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 dashes bitters

Instructions

  • Mix the sugar, bitters, and soda (or water) together in a chilled low-ball glass with a bit of ice.
  • Add the bourbon and gently stir.
  • Garnish with an orange.
Bourbon Cherry Smash Cocktail
An easy and crazy refreshing cherry smash cocktail!
Check out this recipe
Bourbon Apple Cider Sangria
Easy fall wine sangria. This Bourbon Apple Cider Sangria is delicious, easy, and perfect for fall!
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Root BeerCocktail
A crazy easy cocktail full of refreshing root beer and rum flavor! Great for summer parties.
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Easy spiked root beer cocktail. Full of root beer flavor with a touch of alcohol. Perfect cocktail for parties, football, and gatherings.
How to make a classic pina colada. An easy, basic recipe that is the start of the best pina colada classic cocktail.

Though Pina Coladas are generally considered a summer drink, they are also a classic.  And they are a great beverage option for those people who aren’t accustomed to strong alcoholic drinks.  Nellie and I are among those people.  While we appreciate knowing how to make Manhattans and cosmos, etc.  we don’t actually enjoy drinking them.  We make them for other people.  Pina Coladas, on the other hand, are a favorite!  Consider having these available at your next party for people like us; we’d be ever so grateful!  Go here for the full post and some extra tips.

How to make a classic pina colada. An easy, basic recipe that is the start of the best pina colada classic cocktail.
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Classic Pina Colada

Nothing but sweet goodness for this classic Pina Colada

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces white rum
  • 3 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 3 tablespoons coconut cream

Instructions

  • Mix ingredients together in a shaker.
  • Add ice.
  • Shake well.
  • Pour into cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with pineapple.

Notes

Coconut cream can be found in the section of the grocery store where all the cocktail making extras are located (like margarita mixes and grenadine, etc.)
Boozy Coconut Coffee
An easy coconut coffee recipe with rum…sooo good!
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Sex on a Snowbank Winter Cocktails
a delicious, super easy winter cocktail!
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Bailey’s Smores Dessert Shots
Bailey's shots served up in sweet dessert cups.
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Dirty Irishman
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the Dirty Irishman cocktail is cold and refreshing. But don't let that fool you, it still packs a punch!

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