Are you looking for a show-stopping drink for a brunch or party? These cocktail recipes are just what you need! Whether you’re looking for a light choice for spring, citrusy drink for summer, or something festive and cozy for fall and winter, we’ve got the perfect beverage for you.
Make sure you pin this list to return to any time you need to make an impressive drink for your friends. You’ll want to try every drink on this list!
Creative Cocktail Recipes
Here are some of our favorite cocktails from our own collection and from around the web.
Sugar Plum Fairy Cocktail: Use plum slices and red grapes to garnish this tasty cocktail. It’s as delicious as it is tasty. This recipe is perfect for a party because it makes an entire pitcher at once. (via Sequins in the South)
Winter White Sangria: This white sangria is beautiful and festive, and it’s easily adaptable for all seasons. Use oranges, limes, and grapefruit in the winter. In the fall, apples would be sublime. For summer, sliced peaches and berries should be the stars! (via Yummy Mummy Kitchen)
Blueberry Vodka Lemonade: What’s better than a cold glass of lemonade on a hot day? This lemonade cocktail! It’s a nice balance of tart and sweet, and you can easily make it into a mocktail for the kids. It’s the perfect drink for sitting by the pool in the summer. (via We Are Not Martha)
Green Hawaiian Cocktail: It’s like a vacation in a glass! This cocktail is a refreshing combination of coconut rum, vodka, blue curacao, lemon-lime soda, and pineapple juice. It’s a little less sweet than the Blue Hawaiian because it doesn’t have any cream of coconut. You could even make a frozen version instead of serving it over ice. (via Bitz & Giggles)
Baileys Chocolate Martini: This Baileys chocolate martini is a dessert in a glass. It’s great for any time of year, but it’s wildly popular around the holidays. Garnish with shaved chocolate to add to the wow factor. (via Chisel and Fork)
Banana Dipped Chocolate Cocktail: Speaking of boozy chocolate drinks, you have to try this cocktail! The addition of banana nectar makes it extra sweet.
Strawberry Champagne Mojito: This cocktail is perfect for a night in with someone special, or when you want to treat yourself. The ombre effect is beautiful. Strawberry, mint, and lime combine to give you a refreshing drink that tastes just as good as it looks. It’s an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day or any romantic date night. (via Cookie Named Desire)
Pucker Up Apple Cocktail: If sour cocktails are your thing, this is the drink for you. Make it with Dekuyper Sour Apple Pucker, Sour Green Apple Vodka, Apple Pie Moonshine, and apple juice. That’s loads of apple flavor! (via Sequins in the South)
Sparkling Watermelon Cocktail: Bubbly, refreshing, and oh-so-pretty, this drink is ready in just 5 minutes and only requires four ingredients. It’s heaven in your mouth on a hot summer day. You can easily leave out the alcohol to make this kid-friendly. (via Baking Beauty)
Grapefruit Mojito: A fun twist on the classic mojito, you’ll find this grapefruit version incredibly refreshing. You can add just a little grapefruit flavor by garnishing with grapefruit wedges, or you can make it with the pure grapefruit juice, as indicated in this recipe. Sweeten it with simple syrup if you like your drinks on the sweeter side. (via Pizzazzerie)
Cranberry Pear Prosecco Cocktail: It’s the perfect light cocktail for spring. Refreshing and fizzy, this is a nice choice for brunch on Easter, Mother’s Day, or any other spring celebration. Serve it with pears for spring and summer or cranberries for winter. (via A Dish of Daily Life)
Pumpkin Spice White Russian: Cozy and rich, this White Russian is made even better for fall by adding pumpkin spice liqueur and whipped cream vodka. Rim the glass with a blend of pumpkin spice and sugar to finish it off. (via Homemade Food Junkie)
Orange Rum Sunset Cocktail: This gorgeous citrus cocktail is as delicious as it looks. It’s a party favorite, and you can easily make it even more impressive by garnishing with orange slices, orange rind, or by dipping the rim of the glass in orange sugar. (via Nellie Bellie)
Easy Strawberry Daiquiri: Who can resist a strawberry daiquiri? It’s the perfect weekend or party drink. Add sweet, ripe strawberries in the summer. Use frozen strawberries anytime to eliminate the need for ice — no watered-down daiquiris for you! (via Miss in the Kitchen)
Blackberry Cranberry Moscow Mule: Make this fabulous drink with ginger beer, vodka, honey, and fresh berries. It will be the star of your holiday parties. Serve the beverage in a clear highball glass for a pretty presentation or in a copper mug for a more traditional look. (via The Forked Spoon)
4-Ingredient Orange Julius Cocktail: We love orange drinks. Are you detecting a theme here? This drink is a boozy twist on the Orange Julius, and you’re going to love it. You only need four ingredients to make this creamy, fruity treat. Bonus: it’s vegan and gluten-free. It’s like a sippable Creamsicle for grownups! (via Strength & Sunshine)
Long Island Iced Tea: This mixed drink is a classic choice all year long. Make it with vodka, white rum, gin, triple sec, limeade, and cola. With all that booze, it’s a strong drink, but it doesn’t taste that way. Garnish with a lemon wedge, and you’re all set. (via Crayons and Cravings)
Queen of Hearts Cocktail: This dramatic drink will make a big splash at a Halloween or costume party. It would also be a great choice for Valentine’s Day. (via Sequins in the South)
Cranberry Pomegranate Mojito: This mojito is sweet, light, and so refreshing. Use simple ingredients to craft this cocktail for any winter holiday parties. Turn it into a mocktail by substituting an extra cup of sparkling water for the rum. (via Bless Her Heart Y’all)
Pomegranate Peach Bellini: This peach cocktail is a lower-calorie drink that the calorie-conscious people in your life are sure to appreciate. Each glass is just 2 Weight Watchers Freestyle points! If you like your drinks sweeter, add more peach nectar. (via Recipes from a Pantry)
Lemon Ginger Bellini: Make this punch by the pitcher when entertaining a crowd. It tastes fresh, bright, and sweet. The lemon and ginger are a fun twist on a classic bellini. (via Dash of Jazz)
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