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35 Great Cocktails To Stir Up In Your Kitchen

Quick Answer: What Are The Best And Easy Cocktails To Make?

Some of the GREAT COCKTAILS TO MAKE AT HOME are- Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Mojito, Pina Colada, Daiquiri, Mimosa, Manhattan, Martini, Bloody Mary, Coconut Margarita, Gin and Tonic, Long Island Iced tea, and many more. Most cocktails are easy and usually don’t take more than 10 minutes to make.  

Whether a formal dinner with the family or a fun night with your friends, cocktails are a must on the menu.

However, it’s a task to decide which drinks to serve, whether to hire a mixologist or simply serve them some rum and coke or maybe some shots till they’re drunk.

Save yourself the stress and channel your inner mixologist by looking up these recipes of great cocktails to make at home. Bring in the happy hours and wow your guests with these unique yet easy recipes!

Great Cocktails To Stir Up In Your Kitchen: Quick Table

Recipe CaloriesPreparation Time 
Pineapple Vodka Lemonade346 (per serving)5 minutes
Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri376 (per serving)5 minutes
Hot Buttered Bourbon 30 minutes
Lavender Cocktail 45 minutes
Dalgona Coffee Cocktail 271 (per serving)6 minutes 
Coconut Margarita 335 (per serving)5 minutes
Pink Starburst Shot Cocktail 111 (per serving)5 minutes 
Drunken Mermaid 428 (per serving)5 minutes
Rum And Peach Cocktail with Chilli Syrup271 (per serving)25 mins
Creamsicle Prosecco Floats5 minutes
Chili Lime Mango Margarita195 (per serving)10 minutes
S’mores Martini 130 (per serving)
Pina Colada 378 (per serving) 5 minutes 
Boozy Frozen Hot Chocolate990 (per serving)5 minutes
Frozen Gin and Tonic 216 (per serving)10 minutes
Spicy Sweet Grinch Cocktail 272 (per serving)5 minutes
Southern Blueberry Whiskey Smash177 (per serving)30 minutes
Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz201 (per serving)15 minutes
Mai Tai Hawaiian Cocktail 262  (per serving)5 minutes
Rhubarb and Honey Pisco Sour10 minutes 
Sour Apple Tequila Cocktail 268 (per serving) 5 minutes 
Rosemary Lemon Gin Fizz171 (per serving)5 minutes
Bloody Mary 205 (per serving)10 minutes
Bloody Caesar Cocktail 176 (per serving)5 minutes
Cosmopolitan187 (per serving)5 minutes
Orange Crush Cocktail 134 (per serving)5 minutes
Orange Pomegranate Mimosa 115 (per serving)2 minutes
Dragon Fruit Mojito276 (per serving)5 minutes
Frozen Coconut Mojito368 (per serving)5 minutes
Pear Vanilla Gin Fizz206 (per serving)23 minutes
Bourbon Milk Punch Cocktail 231 (per serving)2 minutes
Vodka Collins Cocktail 149 (per serving)3 minutes
Shaken Whiskey Sour Cocktail237 (per serving)3 minutes
Grapefruit Honey Sake 275 (per serving)10 minutes
Long Island Ice Tea288 (per serving)5 minutes

1. Pineapple Vodka Lemonade 

A refreshing lemonade is just the right way to rejuvenate but add a mix of Vodka and pineapple to it, and you got the perfect party starter! 

This delicious concoction of lemonade, pineapple juice, Vodka, and ginger ale ought to make you come back for more, whether for a day by the pool or an elaborate fiesta.

But, of course, if you want something a little more fruity, you can always add some blended strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries to the blend. 

This citrusy, fresh drink is ideal for all occasions but is a must-try for spring/summer rendezvous! 

Calories Per Serving: 346

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes

2. Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri 

Slushies are undoubtedly the best way to beat the heat. The texture alone is enough to make you swoon and keep coming back for more– but what’s better than a slushie, you ask?

You can sip on this Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri while you catch up with your friends or family over the summer or by yourself on a sunny afternoon. 

Blended with frozen and fresh strawberries, lime, sugar, and white/light rum, this cocktail whips up in about 5 minutes and is genuinely yummylicious. 

It is best served right after preparation, so keep your glasses ready and enjoy this sweet and tangy harmony of flavors. 

Calories Per Serving: 376

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

3. Hot Buttered Bourbon  

Behold– the ultimate comfort cocktail. This hot buttered bourbon recipe is the drink you want to sip on when sitting by your fireplace and cuddling up in a fuzzy blanket. 

The buttered batter made with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg hits the right spot between spicy and sweet. When whisked into some bourbon and hot water, it makes an ideal drink to savor on chilly nights.

What’s better is that this batter can be saved for days (so more drinks with less prep!). Finally, a dollop of fresh unsweetened whipped cream on top brings the flavors together. 

Total Preparation Time: 30 minutes 

4. Lavender Cocktail 

This is undoubtedly one of the most dainty-looking drinks ever. Flows ranging from lavender to rosemary and rose water taste like a burst of spring in your mouth.

Although, the surprising element of this cocktail is the fizzy foam texture that comes from egg whites!

By shaking egg white into this vodka-based drink, you can savor a soft yet fizzy drink that can quickly become one of your summer go-to’s. 

Relish this cocktail in a coupe glass (or any 6-ounce glass), and pour in some soda water just before garnishing with some rosemary and lavender twigs to elevate the aesthetic 

Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes 

5. Dalgona Coffee Cocktail 

If you love coffee and are always looking for new ways to experiment with it, here is the opportunity. Dalgona coffee has been taking the internet over by a storm, so the ideal next step was to– well, make a cocktail out of it!

This recipe calls for Vodka, Kahlua, and heavy cream for the drink, instant coffee, white sugar, and hot water for the dalgona whipped topping.

So whether you’re having a classy lunch with your book club or just want to start your day with some spiked-up coffee *we get it*; whip this brand new cocktail recipe out as it takes an instant to prepare and is a heavenly abode for all caffeine lovers.

Pour the drink into a coupe glass and garnish with a slice of strawberry and some coffee powder. 

Calories Per Serving: 271

Total Preparation Time: 6 minutes 

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6. Coconut Margarita

There is something so peculiar about the coconut flavor– either you love or hate it. This margarita is for the ones who absolutely adore this tropical deliciousness and calls for tequila, grand Marnier, cream of coconut, toasted coconut bits, coconut extract, and lime juice. 

It’s easy to whip up and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. It’s an ideal drink to serve on a family beach day or a brunch. If you’re not a tequila fan, substitute it with white rum.

Of course, it won’t be a margarita anymore, but it compliments the flavors nicely. Serve it in a rock glass with some lemon wedges and ice cubes.  

Calories Per Serving: 335

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes

7. Pink Starburst Shot Cocktail

Pink starburst has always been a top favorite in the candy category, and now you got the perfect recipe to convert your childhood favorite into a delicious cocktail.

This cocktail is quick and easy to stir up and makes for a palatable drink for girly brunches or dinner parties with your childhood friends to revive some memories. 

All you need for this recipe is vanilla Vodka, watermelon puckers, and sweet and sour mix. Shake all the ingredients together and serve with some ice and corn syrup. Swirl the rim with some pink sugar and wedge in a pink starburst before you sip and savor! 

Calories Per Serving: 111

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes

8. Drunken Mermaid 

If you’d rather be on a private island right now, chilling at the shore and sippin’ on some yum cocktails– this cocktail will take you there with its gorgeous blue color and the fresh, sweet yet tangy taste.

Make with some friends on a sunny day or for a bbq in your backyard! 

The drunken mermaid recipe calls for Blue Curacao, a blue liqueur with a citrusy flavor (you can substitute with triple sec or grand Marnier), Vodka, simple syrup, lime juice, and flavored spiked sparkling water.

Serve mini ice cubes and garnish with lime or lemon in a tall cocktail glass

Calories Per Serving: 428

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes

9. Rum And Peach Cocktail With Chilli Syrup 

This cocktail is the right kind of spice you need in your life! It is a perfect drink for summer sundowners or on barbeque nights with friends and family. 

The spice and sweet balance in this drink are excellent, and for this recipe, you’ll need peaches, jalapeno chili, brown sugar, rum, and ginger beer. Serve this drink in a rocks or highball glass and garnish it with caramelized peaches and chili slices! 

Calories Per Serving: 271

Total Preparation Time: 25 minutes

10. Creamsicle Prosecco Floats 

Dessert or cocktail? This cocktail is two-in-one and is ridiculously easy to make because all you need is vanilla ice cream, orange sherbet, and prosecco or champagne.

It is a perfect cocktail to serve at the end of lunch instead of dessert or enjoy by yourself on warm summer evenings. Serve it in a tumbler or cognac glass and garnish it with orange curls and mint leaves. 

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

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11. Chili Lime Mango Margarita

Are you into fruity cocktails and constantly looking for new fruity renditions? Then this chili lime mango margarita is for you. It’s citrusy, sweet, fruity, spicy, slightly tart, and unique in its bold flavors. 

A perfect drink for the spring and summer season, this recipe requires mango, orange juice, limes, silver tequila, triple sec or orange liqueur, hot sauce, and maple syrup.

A little tip? If you swap mangoes with frozen mangoes, you can easily make this cocktail into a frozen margarita!

Serve this cocktail in a rocks glass with a salted chili rim and a slice of lime at sit-down lunches or sundowners. 

Calories Per Serving: 195

Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes

12. S’mores Martini 

Camping is about adventure, bonfires, and of course, S’mores! So if you’re going camping anytime soon or even if you’re doing a makeshift camp-themed date in your backyard, this S’mores martini recipe is worth a try! 

For this recipe, you’ll need marshmallow vodka, chocolate liqueur, Creme de Cacao, cream or half & half, chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows. This boozy delight is sweet, indulgent, and addictive, just like its muse! 

Calories Per Serving: 130

13. Pina Colada 

Nothing brings tropical heaven to your taste buds like a pina colada. The richness of coconut mixed with the sweet yet tarty taste of pineapple is pure bliss, especially during summers.

So whether you have a day by the beach or pool with your friends or throwing a fun brunch party, this pina colada recipe is something you should serve (and drink). 

This recipe calls for coconut cream, coconut rum, and pineapple juice. You can also opt for silver rum if you don’t have coconut rum available. Serve in a margarita glass with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherries. 

Calories Per Serving: 378

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

14. Boozy Frozen Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is undoubtedly one of the first drinks we reach out for during winter. However, this frozen hot chocolate is indulgent and boozy, and even if it is cold on the outside, it warms you right up on the inside because of the kick it packs.

For this recipe, you’ll need dark chocolate ice cream, double hot cocoa mix, Kahlua/Baileys Irish Cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and chocolate.

Ah, that sounds ridiculously rich in chocolate, and it is a perfect drink to serve to your family or friends while you sit by the fireplace for board game night or the night before Christmas! 

Calories Per Serving: 990

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes

15. Frozen Gin And Tonic 

A good slushie can cool us down even on the hottest summer days. Now imagine a slushie– only it is boozy and refreshing!

This frozen gin and tonic is the ultimate summer drink for casual brunch parties or vacation happy hours. Everyone is sure to love this fun twist to a classic recipe

All you require to make this cocktail is gin, tonic water, cucumber, simple syrup, and of course, ice! Serve in a highball glass or a coupe glass with a slice of lemon.

Calories Per Serving: 216

Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes

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16. Spicy Sweet Grinch Cocktail 

The spicy sweet grinch cocktail packs in an array of flavors from spicy and sour to sweet much like the grinch himself. This cocktail is a must-serve during the festive/holiday season because of the character it pertains *quite literally!* 

The recipe calls for Vodka, mint leaves, grapefruit, honey, jalapeno slices, and ginger beer. Serve this cocktail in a rocks glass and garnish with mint leaves and pomegranate arils.

Your guests are not only going to love the taste but also the color scheme of this drink that is seemingly close to the character. Who doesn’t love a quirky-themed cocktail?

Calories Per Serving: 272

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes

17. Southern Blueberry Whiskey Smash 

The southern blueberry whiskey smash is a pretty creative and unique recipe to whip out during happy hours in summer times or maybe during a sunny day on your couch. It’s sweet, sour, fresh, and packs a light punch. All you need for this recipe is bourbon, blueberries, spearmint, and lemon.

Serve it in a rocks glass with some ice and garnish with some mint leaves and the blueberries. Voila! A new favorite summer drink in your very own bar, aka your kitchen! 

Calories Per Serving: 177

Total Preparation Time: 30 minutes

18. Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz 

What’s a cocktail without a little over-dramatic prep? This recipe might seem too decadent and fancy at first glance, but it is pretty simple to follow with readily available ingredients.

This cocktail is a drink you want the steer into the new year with or toast to during family holiday dinners.

The flavors range from sweet to spicy and tarty, which makes it a cut above the classic gin fizz. Serve this drink in a rocks glass with rosemary peel and grapefruit peel! 

Calories Per Serving: 201

Total Preparation Time: 15 minutes

19. Mai Tai Hawaiian Cocktail 

Would you rather be on a Hawaiian vacation than in your backyard? Well, this Mai Tai is sure to sway your woes away by making you feel right in tropical bliss with its delicious flavors and pretty aesthetics.

You can make them by the glass or in a pitcher if you and your guests are in for a hazy trip!

It packs a serious punch due to the addition of light rum, dark rum, and Cointreau. Serve your drink in a highball glass with lots of crushed ice, pineapple slices, and cherries. 

Calories Per Serving: 262

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes

20. Rhubarb And Honey Pisco Sour 

A classic pisco sour is prepared with pisco, egg white, lime juice, and simple syrup. However, we add a sweet twist to the sourness by using rhubarb and honey simple syrup.

This cocktail is an impeccable choice for date nights or intimate parties as it cannot be made in big batches. 

Serve this cocktail in a coupe glass with flower petals or fruit skin. You can even add some ginger to your simple syrup to give a spicy touch to your cocktail. 

Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes

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21. Sour Apple Tequila Cocktail 

Whether it is St. Patrick’s Day or Halloween, this sour apple tequila cocktail deserves to be on the happy hour menu. The right blend between sweet and sour and the electric green hue is definitely striking. 

The recipe calls for tequila, sour apple liqueur, lime juice, agave, and sprite. It takes about five minutes to concoct, and you can serve it in a highball glass with a slice of green apple, a wedge of lime, and ice! 

Calories Per Serving: 268

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes

22. Rosemary Lemon Gin Fizz 

The Rosemary Gin Fizz is a herbal and tart twist to the classic gin fizz. It is a simple recipe, making it a perfect concoction for amateur mixologists to try out.

All you need is fresh rosemary, gin, sugar, lemon juice, and club soda. This light cocktail is perfect for any occasion, from mini house gatherings to a day in with the family. Serve in a rocks glass with ice and garnish with rosemary twigs and a lemon slice. 

Calories Per Serving: 171

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes

23. Bloody Mary 

Bloody mary is a cocktail you either hate or love; there’s no in between. The cocktail features a spicy, savory flavor than the usual sweet or tangy flavor that most of us are well acquainted with.

However, if you want to experiment or happen to love bloody mary– here’s the holy grail of recipes for you.

The flavors are so well balanced, and you’re sure to go through batches of these during your lunch or brunch parties. 

The key to making this recipe ideally is to use fresh tomatoes, cucumber, garlic, and pepper. Serve in a Collins glass with some olives or celery sticks. You can also go a little extra by adding some pickles as a garnish! 

Calories Per Serving: 205

Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes

24. Bloody Caesar Cocktail  

Similar to a Bloody Mary, this bloody caesar cocktail is also a savory drink. However, instead of tomatoes, this recipe calls for Clamato juice. This recipe will also need hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper.

Serve it in a highball glass and garnish it with jalapenos and cilantro. Voila! Your guests from your lunch, barbeque, or sundowner parties will surely reach out for seconds. 

Calories Per Serving: 176

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes

25. Cosmopolitan 

One of the classics on the cocktail menu, this cosmopolitan recipe is simple, delicious, and so pretty! All you need to make this cosmo is sweet cranberry juice, lime juice, Vodka, and Cointreau.

Cosmopolitan is low in calories and sugar, so you can stir up this recipe even when you’re on a diet or serving health-conscious guests. 

Serve in a martini or coupe glass with a lemon slice. Also, ensure your cosmopolitan is cold while serving because it tastes the best that way. 

Calories Per Serving: 187

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes

26. Orange Crush Cocktail 

Let’s revive one of our favorite childhood drinks– the orange crush soda with a boozy twist! This orange crush cocktail is one of the easiest cocktails to whip out of the kitchen as it requires only three ingredients– Vodka, orange kool-aid powder, and sprite.

Serve with crushed ice and enjoy this tangy fresh drink post lunch or during sundowners. 

Calories Per Serving: 134 

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes

27. Orange Pomegranate Mimosa 

Mimosas are the perfect companion for brunch gatherings, and this orange pomegranate mimosa is a fun spin on the classic. This recipe is perfect for beginners, and you can stir this one up in about two minutes.

So, you can be a fabulous host without being stuck as the mixologist all through the party *phew!* 

This recipe calls for Prosecco, pomegranate juice, orange juice, and simple syrup. Serve it in a highball or champagne glass and wedge in an orange slice on the rim. This fruity cocktail will surely be a drink you’ll return for all your wintertime affairs! 

Calories Per Serving: 115

Total Preparation Time: 2 minutes

28. Dragon Fruit Mojito 

Dragon fruit is a mildly sweet and tart fruit because of which it makes for a perfect addition to cocktails as it allows space for other flavors to chime in. This dragon fruit mojito is citrus, sweet, and fresh while also being a super pretty-looking drink.

It is an ideal drink for an intimate picnic with your partner or at a sunset party with your friends. 

This recipe calls for dragon fruit, white rum, fresh mint leaves, lime juice, simple syrup, and seltzer. Serve in a highball glass with a dragon fruit slice wedged on the rim, and garnish with mint leaves. 

Calories Per Serving: 276

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes

29. Frozen Coconut Mojito

If you love a good pina colada or a mojito on a bright sunny day but can’t decide between the two– this cocktail is the way to go!

It combines the goodness of coconuts from the pina colada while giving the minty fresh flavor of the mojito with the texture of a slushie. It is the perfect drink to make for a hot brunch day or a pool party

This recipe features coconut rum, cream of coconut, mint leaves, fresh lime juice, and lots of ice! Serve in a Dominico or Collins glass and garnish with mint leaves. 

Calories Per Serving: 368

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes

30. Pear Vanilla Gin Fizz 

If you’re looking for a fun twist to the classic gin and tonic, this pear vanilla gin fizz is worth a shot. This utterly sweet fizzy drink can be easily made on nights you want to have a cozy dinner with your partner or have an elegant soiree with your close friends.

The best part about this drink is the pear vanilla syrup that you can make in advance and store for up to 1 week. So more drinks for you *yay*. Serve it on the rocks or old-fashioned glass with a vanilla sugar rim and some crushed ice. 

Calories Per Serving: 206

Total Preparation Time: 23 minutes

31. Bourbon Milk Punch Cocktail 

Milk punches are on the brink of being revived, and there’s no complaining because, well, what’s not to like?

Alcohol, milk/cream, sweetener, vanilla, and nutmeg together make the perfect combination of sweet and spicy that’s delicious to sip on and gives you the kick.

This drink can be served both hot or cold, but the latter is recommendable for days when your family is barbequing or chilling in the backyard after lunch. It is also an excellent holiday season drink, so take notes and try it out. 

Calories Per Serving: 231

Total Preparation Time: 2 minutes

32. Vodka Collins 

Also known as Joe Collins, this cocktail is a classy pick for elegant dinners or lunch parties.

However, since this drink is stellarly transparent and rich looking, be wise with your vodka pick and go for a premium one as they might be more transparent and ideal. 

This recipe features Vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda for the drink, and an orange slice and maraschino cherry, for garnish.

Quite an easy recipe to stir up within 5 minutes, and it’s so decadent in its simplicity and almost tastes like a lemonade with a kick to it. 

Calories Per Serving: 149

Total Preparation Time: 3 minutes

33. Shaken Whiskey Sour Cocktail 

In the mood to impress with a fancy cocktail that takes about 3 minutes to whip out of your arsenal? This shaken whiskey sour cocktail is the choice to make for any elegant gathering.

The recipe for this blend features smooth bourbon shaken with citrus juices, orange bitters, simple syrup, and grenadine. 

Top this drink with light and perfect egg white foam to elevate the texture and taste, and garnish with cherry and orange rind before serving your boujee drink to the guests!

Calories Per Serving: 237

Total Preparation Time: 3 minutes

34. Grapefruit Honey Sake 

Are you looking for something light, tarty, and sweet to sip on while you read books by the lake, pool, or maybe just on a sunny day on your couch? Then, turn to this grapefruit honey sake

Sake is alcohol derived from fermented rice and is native to Japan. Grapefruit in this recipe adds the tarty and slightly bitter flavor that pairs well with sake, while honey balances the flavors by adding sweetness to the blend. 

Serve this cocktail in a rock or Collins glass with 1-2 big ice cubes and garnish with some thyme for an earthy and minty flavor. You can also garnish with some mint leaves while adding sugar to the rim.

Another variation is adding grated ginger to the cocktail for a peppery zing. 

Calories Per Serving: 275

Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes

35. Long Island Ice Tea 

The Long Island Ice Tea features not only a long list of alcohol it packs but also the long headache it favors the following day. However, it is an iconic cocktail and has to be on top of your list if you’re looking to make something for a crazy (also hazy) night in. 

This recipe calls for five spirits- Vodka, rum, tequila, gin, and triple sec combined with lemon juice, simple syrup, and cola.

Make it in a pitcher if you’re catering to many people, and serve in a tall glass with lemon wedge and ice. It’s sure to give you a night that you’ll forget *all the best!* 

Calories Per Serving: 288

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Tools Required To Make Cocktails? 

The essential tools are a cocktail shaker, jigger, strainer, and varieties of glasses (rocks, collins, coupe, wine, martini, snifter, etc.). 

How To Make Simple Syrup? 

Many of these recipes feature simple syrup as their ingredient. While many of you might already be familiar with the idea, here’s a refresher.

Simple syrup is a liquid sweetener made with equal parts water and sugar. The sugar is dissolved in water by heating them together.

That’s it! Of course, some recipes will feature more ingredients according to the customizations, but this is the base recipe. 

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