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Party Time: 12 Cocktail Recipes You Should Always Have on Hand

Making cocktails is not only fun, it’s also one of the proven ways of making a party more fun and exciting. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or are simply having a blast with your friends, mixing cocktails is bound to keep everyone entertained. However, if your aim is to impress others, the traditional boring old cocktail recipes are simply not going to cut it. For this purpose, we’ve gone out of our way to collect some of the best and most refined cocktail recipes out there you can print out if you’d like to, so you can focus on getting the party running. Let’s go!

12 Cocktail Recipes You Should Always Have on Hand

12 Cocktail Recipes


  1. Girls on film

Just like Clockwork Orange is played before the stage is set for any Duran Duran show, this cocktail is just the right match for those who like to get down to business as quickly as possible and not waste any time.

First, get .75 oz of Campari, .75 oz of raspberry in lemon juice, and .75 oz of Destillaré Intense Orange Curaçao. Mix them with ice and shake them up until they’re ready to be served (pro tip: these cocktails are best served with a splash of soda).

  1. Espresso martini

Get 100ml of vodka, 50ml of coffee, some coffee liquor, and coffee beans for a cool added bonus.

The first thing to do is to put the caster sugar on a frying pan, add some water to it, and keep stirring until it boils on medium heat. After the liquid starts boiling, remove it and wait until it cools down. Then, pour a bit of ice and cofee liquor inside. Put it in a a cocktail shaker and shake until you can feel the outside of it getting icy cold.

These cocktails are best served with coffee beans for visual effect, although this part is completely optional, so feel free to skip it for any reason.

  1. Salted caramel pecan sour

This particular cocktail is gluten-free, which you’re likely to be quite fond of if you’re dealing with any kind of gluten sensitivity. Anyway, get 100g of finely chopped pecans, 300ml of vodka, orange slices, chocolate, and 160g of caster sugar.

Find a saucepan to toast the pecans in. Do this for about a minute or two, then remove them from the heat and add 80ml of water and sugar to the mix. Keep stirring to dissolve the sugar, then add some salt. After the mixture cools down, your task is to remove the pecans. This is easily accomplished by pouring through a sieve.

To spice things up a bit, add some egg whites, then pour the caramel syrup in the cocktail shaker along with vodka and clementine juice. Give it a good shake (about half a minute should be enough). After that, add some ice, and give it another good shake for about 15 seconds. Add some orange slices and serve.

  1. Mojito

Get some lime juice, 60ml of white rum, a teaspoon of granulated sugar and some mint leaves for an added cosmetic effect. Throw the main ingredients into a small jug and crush the mint as you do it. Get a tall glass to pour it into and add some ice.

The next step is to pour some rum over it and stir it. Throw some soda water and mint in there, and the cocktail is ready to be served.

  1. Blood orange

Get 120ml of Grand Marnier, 1 star anise, 4 teaspoons of tequilla, 4 blood oranges, and some champagne. Heat the oven to 200C, tip the oranges into a small roasting tin, and leave it in there for a good 30 minutes or so. After the period has passed, remove the skins and pour the results in a pot.

For every 25ml of the purée, mix in a teaspoon of tequilla. Before serving, top it with some champagne, and you’re good to go.

  1. White Russian

If you or your friends just can’t get enough of vodka, this is a proven cocktail recipe that will certainly impress them at least to a certain degree. Plus, this is one of the most descriptive names in the cocktail industry, indicating the main ingredients: ice cream and vodka.

For starters, get 60ml of vodka and one tablespoon of ice cream (you don’t really need too much). Mix together all of the ingredients, and you’re almost done. It truly is as simple as that. The only remaining thing for you to do is to find a nice glass, put in some ice cubes, and pour the cocktail all over them. Done!

  1. Mezcal paloma

This is an easy to make cocktail that’s a natural hit in the summer days.

First of all, you’re going to need to get some citrus-chili salt or mix it individually. Then, get a shaker and put in some honey syrup, add some ice, then shake until you make a judgment call that the contents have really been mixed well. Before serving, you can also throw in a bit of soda (it helps give the cocktail a bit of a fizzle and serves as a nice finishing touch).

  1. Bellini

This is one of the simplest cocktails to make, and it’s just a perfect fit for the sunny days. All you really need is a bottle of peach nectar and some prosecco to go with it. The only real thing you need to know is the ratio between the two. Ideally, it should be about 1:2 (yes, one third of peach nectar is enough). So just pour in the nectar, then add the prosecco to fill the void.

  1. Peach punch

Here’s another peachy cocktail, however, this one is a bit more complicated to prepare if you’re seeking an additional challenge. If nothing else, it certainly requires a bit more ingredients:

Get a huge bottle of tonic or soda water. Then, you’re also going to need a bottle of rosé wine and some caster sugar. Apart from that, ice cubes can’t hurt, but the main thing is to slice the lemon and the peach.

Once you get that done, proceed to heat the lemon zest and the sugar. Wait until it dissolves. Before everything cools down, feel free to kick back and wait (or do something else entirely). Then, pour it into a jug, add the scnapps, the lemon juice, and the wine.

Are we done yet? Almost! Grab some ice, throw it in there, and the drink is ready to be served.

  1. Watermelon gin spritzer

This refreshing yellowish-red goodness is designed to cool you down during the hot summer days. And the best part? You don’t need a heap of ingredients either, all while being able to serve it within a couple of minutes.

Ready? Let’s begin. First, get a large watermelon and some limes. Then, you’re going to need tonic water and gin. Squeeze the limes and put the squeezed flesh (ideally, it’s a good idea to chop them up in 8 pieces beforehand). Chop up the watermelon too and make sure it’s evenly divided into all of the glasses. The last thing you need to do is to pour some gin over each single one of them and add some tonic water, and you have a surefire cloud pleaser that will make the guests stay at your place way until the morning light gazes the horizon.

  1. Appleberry mulled wine

Now this one is going to take a little bit of time to prepare, but the results will be absolutely worth the effort. For starters, you’re going to need a lot of apple juice. Get some bottles of your favorite red wine while you’re at it. Then, get some cinnamon, some apples, and other frozen fruit.

After this is ready, mix the wine and apple juice and pour it all into a large saucepan. If you want to, you can add some cinnamon, some sugar, and star anise. Heat it a bit (but no need to go overboard) and keep stirring it gently until you see the sugar dissolving. 15 minutes of doing this is quite sufficient.

Just before serving, add some Curaçao, apple slices and frozen fruits. The result is going to be something quite pleasing to look at, and the taste is beyond heavenly.

  1. Caipirinhas with pineapple

Now here’s something very simple to conclude with. The only thing you’re going to need is lots of fruits (pineapples and limes), some caster sugar, and some pineapple juice.

Cut the pineapple in small chunks and mix it with lime juice, sugar, and mint and store it in a pitcher. Grab a spoon to gently mix it together a little bit. Proceed to pour the cachaça into a glass and add some ice and pineapple juice as needed. Add the extra pieces of pineapple and mint sprigs as you see fit.


These 12 cocktail recipes are more than enough to get any party going. If someone’s not easily impressed, all the better, since you’re going to be the star of the show if you can demonstrate that you know what you’re doing and serve a cocktail unlike anything they’ve ever seen. With some practice and experience, you’ll be able to consistently reproduce the results anytime you need to.

Brandy Ellen is a born and raised NH resident who enjoys living life to the fullest. Raising 3 kids and a pug, Brandy spends her free time writing for her two blogs – ParentInfluence and Brandy EllenWrites. Brandy is also a ghostwriter for other blogs, click here to hire Brandy to write for you.

16 comments found

  1. I am just starting to dabble with making drinks! I love whiskey sours, but your sour sounds like a fun twist. And a White Russian is always a good choice! 🙂

  2. Mojito is definitely a classic that should always be around. There’s some on this lit I’ve never had so I will have to give them a try!

    Jackie (Organised Mum Life)

  3. I am not a drinker anymore, but I used to be a bartender. You listed many classic drink mixes that I remember pouring and shaking years back. These are definite party cocktails and favorite drinks for social events and parties.

  4. I’m not really a fan of alcohol like I was 10 years ago but that’s not to say I don’t drink. We just don’t keep alcohol in this house and there’s not much thought given to it. But watermelon gin spritzer is really something I would go for.

  5. Your post is great for the cocktail novice. I’ve never drank cocktails, but now that I’ve read your post I feel so much more informed about what they contain which is helpful.

  6. My Russian friend will be coming next week, and I think I would like to impress him with this white Russian drink. Thanks for these ideas!

  7. What a great list you have put here! I am a non drinker but i think these recipes will work great as non alcoholic as well!

  8. Parties always call for cocktails and these options are just worth considering. I wouldn’t miss any cocktails with some pinaepple or lemon so yes, I could do with the Caipirinhas with pineapple.

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