Instead of going out to a swanky cocktail bar, why not bring the cocktails home? These recipes go way beyond a basic gin & tonic, and show you that mastering a few mixology tricks is easier than you’d think. Cheers to that!
1. Prosecco Negroni
The Negroni is everywhere these days, and we love the idea of giving it a lighter twist. This bubbly cocktail is simple to make at home: Just mix Prosecco with sweet vermouth and Campari and call it a night. Get our Prosecco Negroni recipe.
2. Red-Chile Guava Margarita
Turn up the heat on a classic Margarita. This fruity cocktail uses guava nectar to add sweetness and a tropical vibe. You’ll need to make the spicy chile-infused tequila in advance. We suggest making extra and getting creative with the leftovers. Now that’s hot. Get our Red-Chile Guava Margarita recipe.
3. Copa Verde
Your drinking should be just as adventurous as your cooking. This creamy blended cocktail recipe, a mix of tequila, citrus, thyme, and avocado, is the perfect place to start: It’s easy to make but the flavors are sophisticated. If you’ve never tried avocado in your cocktails, now’s the time to start. Get our Copa Verde recipe.
4. Elder Fashion
Elderflower is a popular ingredient at cocktail bars, and it’s time for you to find out why. The best way to enjoy it is in a simple cocktail like this one, which highlights the elderflower liqueur instead of hiding it under layers of other flavors. Just add gin and a dash of bitters and get drinking. Get our Elder Fashion recipe.
5. Slushy Strawberry Vodka Lemonade
Slushies for adults are a brilliant idea, and this cocktail is a perfect example. Fresh strawberries give it a pretty hue and sweeten up the tart lemon juice. Now all you need is a swirly straw to make it really fun to drink. Get our Slushy Strawberry Vodka Lemonade recipe.
6. The Flying Fig
Muddling fresh figs with vodka, elderflower liqueur, and fresh lemon juice yields a sweet and tart cocktail. This drink looks and tastes elegant and complicated, but it couldn’t be more simple to make in your own kitchen. Get our Flying Fig recipe.
7. Full Moon Punch
Fall has arrived, and we’ve got the drink to celebrate the season. This brightly colored punch is ideal for a party: Mix up a big batch in advance of guests. With plenty of fresh citrus juice, ginger ale, white rum, and plenty more, it’s a festive way to get in the autumnal mood. Get our Full Moon Punch recipe.
8. Fox and Hounds
Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder. Embrace it at home with this creative bourbon cocktail recipe with a touch of absinthe, orange juice, and an egg white. It’s the kind of drink that will impress even the most discerning drinkers. Get our Fox and Hounds recipe.
9. Ward Eight
Riff on a sour with this bright pink Ward Eight cocktail. You need bourbon, lemon juice, orange juice, and grenadine. A drink like this one is testament to how a few simple ingredients can combine to make something greater than the individual parts. We like to serve it with a cherry for garnish, but it’s just as fantastic on its own. Get our Ward Eight recipe.
Header image: Copa Verde from Chowhound
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