If you’re ready to shake that party cardi, take your shindig to the next level by shaking up one of these sexy cocktails. They’re all made with refreshing juices, unexpected splashes of color, and seasonal flaves to satisfy your thirsty guests (pumpkin spice, anyone?) Let’s kick it off!
Mix 2 oz. vodka, ½ oz. lemon juice, and ½ oz. simple syrup in a highball glass filled with ice. Stir a couple of times, and top with watermelon juice. Garnish with a watermelon slice.
Recipe from Sondre Kasin, principal bartender at Cote & Undercote.
The Fisherman’s Margarita
Combine 1 ½ oz. tequila, ¾ oz. triple sec, and ¾ oz. lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a rocks glass with a salted rim and filled with ice. Top with a splash of Blue Curacao for color, and garnish with a lime.
Recipe from The Flying Fisherman.
Papa’s Pumpkin Pie
In a shaker with ice, combine 1 ¼ oz. Don Papa Rum, ½ oz. pumpkin puree, ½ oz. pumpkin spice syrup (available online from brands such as Torani and Monin), 2 dashes of orange bitters, and ¾ oz. lime juice. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint and a pinch of powdered sugar.
Recipe from Don Papa Rum.
Make a “punch mix” by mixing 2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, 1 cup lemon juice, and 2 cups of peeled, crushed cucumbers. For each cocktail, mix 3 oz. punch mix, 1 ½ oz. lemon juice, and 1 ½ oz. gin in a tall glass. Add crushed ice, top with club soda, and garnish with a slice of cucumber.
Recipe from Pinch Chinese.
In a tall glass, stir together 1 oz. Ketel One Vodka, 3 ½ oz. fresh juice made from equal parts of celery and cucumber, ½ oz. fresh lime juice, 1 pinch of rock salt, 1 pinch of pepper, 1 pinch of cinnamon, 1 pinch of nutmeg, and 1 pinch of dried chili flakes. Add ice, and garnish with a salted cucumber slice.
Recipe from Ketel One Vodka.
In a shaker, combine 1 oz. Zirkova Vodka, ¾ oz Pimm’s, 3/4 oz. Velvet Falernum, ½ oz. lime juice, and ½ oz. cranberry juice with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
Recipe from Yana Wolfson/Zirkova.
In a shaker, combine 1 ½ oz. tequila reposada, ½ oz. Cappelletti, 1 oz. grapefruit juice, ½ oz. simple syrup, and ¾ oz. lime juice with ice. Shake, and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of soda water, and garnish with a grapefruit slice and a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt.
Recipe from Scampi.
First, make a Champagne syrup. Combine 1 cup of flat, dry Champagne (any brand) with 1 cup of granulated sugar. Heat, and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Let cool, and store in the fridge when not in use. For each cocktail, combine 2 oz. white rum, ¾ oz. fresh lime juice, and ¾ oz. Champagne syrup in a shaker with ice. Strain into a coupe glass, and garnish with a lime peel.
Recipe from Griffin Elliot, beverage director at Cold Storage.
In a copper mug or glass filled with ice, combine 2 oz. Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal, 1 ½ oz. ginger beer, ¾ oz. lime juice, and ¾ oz. agave nectar or simple syrup. Stir, and garnish with a lime wheel.
Recipe from Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal.
In a pitcher, combine 6 cups of unsweetened tea, 3 cups strawberry lemonade, 3 cups orange juice, and 4 cups Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Stir, and pour into tea cups filled with ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and a cinnamon stick. Serves approximately 16.
Recipe from Woodford Reserve.
In a shaker with no ice, shake together 2 oz. Belvedere Vodka Ginger Zest, 1 oz. fresh pineapple juice, ½ oz. fresh lemon juice, ½ oz. honey simple syrup, and 5 dashes Angostura Bitters. Add ice, and shake further. Strain into a coupe glass.
Recipe from Belvedere Vodka.
Sex on the Beach
Combine 1.5 oz Vodka, .5 oz Peach Schnapps, 2/3 cup orange juice , and 1/4 cup cranberry juice with ice. Add a orange slice, stir, and serve.
Recipe from The Kitchen Magpie
Put 2-3 lychees in the bottom of your shaking tin. Add 1 1/2 shots of vodka, 1/2 shot lychee liqueur, 1/2 shot honey syrup, and 3/4 shot fresh lemon juice into the tin and shake for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a single lychee.
Recipe from Crafty Bartending.
Pour 3 ounces of Prosecco or any sparkling wine into a glass. Add 1 ounce Aperol, a splash of soda water and sparkling water or club soda. Garnish with an orange, add some ice, and serve.
Recipe from Platings and Pairings.
Blend 1 shot vodka, 1 shot coffee liqueur, 1 shot Bailey’s Irish Cream, 1 shot heavy cream, 1 scoop crushed ice in an electronic blender. Serve with chocolate sauce.
Recipe from Crafty Bartending.