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    The 35 BEST Cocktail Recipes

    Get togethers, birthday parties, potlucks, Christmas, Valentines… If you make a huge pitcher of some delicious cocktail, it takes care of all. Everyone can smile for a good looking, delicious glass of cocktail.

    Cocktails are very irresistible when served in pretty, chilled tall glasses. No one can say no to a cool refreshing glass of some delicious cocktail on some hot summer day. Cocktails are a great way to add some fun flavor to a get together.

    We decided to present you with this gorgeous looking list of pretty Cocktail Recipes for just that purpose. These cocktail ideas has all the classic cocktails like mojitos and piña coladas, as well as some unique cocktails you may not know. Go through these amazing cocktail recipe ideas and see how easy it is to just do some mixing for your tall glass of cocktail.

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    1. Classic Margaritas

    We’re starting this stunning-looking Cocktail recipes with the most loved drink, a Classic Margarita.

    This drink is made using only 4 ingredients, which make it refreshing, crisp, tart, and sweet.

    The best thing about making your own cocktail is you can customize it the way you like, and make a bar-quality margarita at home to impress your guests.

    Get the Recipe @ thechunkychef

    2. Mojito

    A refreshing and delicious Mojito is one of the best cocktails for the summertime!

    It’s super easy to make at home by just adding white rum, fizzy soda, tart lime, and fresh mint leaves. Make this fancy-looking drink for your next summer party and cool everyone off.

    Get the Recipe @ loveandlemons

    3. Strawberry Daiquiri

    Are you a strawberry fan? then try making this super refreshing Strawberry Daiquiri at home! It’s a thick and slushy cocktail that is absolutely delicious and super quick to make.

    The berry and rum flavors compliment each other so perfectly!

    Get the Recipe @ acouplecooks

    4. Piña Colada

    Make your summer delicious and refreshing by making yourself this tropical cocktail, Piña Colada!

    This classic Puerto Rican cocktail is made using only 4 ingredients and a blender, and the end result is a super boozy frozen treat that you will love.

    Get the Recipe @ willcookforsmiles

    5. Red Sangria

    All wine lovers, this Red Sangria is just perfect for you! It’s a fun cocktail with slices of different fresh fruits to make a delicious sweet drink.

    You can serve this pitcher for special occasions or for a get-together and make your night a hit. You can easily customize this sangria as you like.

    Get the Recipe @ downshiftology

    6. Homemade Bloody Marys

    This Homemade Bloody Mary recipe is simple and perfect! You will love the savory, tangy, and spicy flavors with a good quality vodka.

    It’s made with basic ingredients which are easily available in your kitchen. Just mix them all together and serve at your next brunch or party.

    Get the Recipe @ cookieandkate

    7. Moscow Mules

    This Moscow Mule is one of the best cocktails you will ever make. This refreshing drink is very simple to make with vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, then finished with a lot of crushed ice.

    Make this instant cocktail for your guests and served it in copper mugs to impress them.

    Get the Recipe @ thekitchn

    8. Bahama Mama

    Missing your beach vacation? Don’t, make this Bahama Mama cocktail instead and go straight back to your tropical vacation vibes.

    This super refreshing cocktail will make you fall in love with it, as it’s a perfect mix of fruit juices and rums.

    Get the Recipe @ willcookforsmiles

    9. Classic Martini

    Learn how to make the perfect Classic Martini, an elegant and popular cocktail. It’s very simple to make with gin and dry white vermouth, but there are several variations as well.

    Make this Classic Martini for your special occasions, or on a date night.

    Get the Recipe @ acouplecooks

    10.  Mimosas

    Make this excellent Mimosa cocktail for your next party! This sparkling drink will surprise the crowd with its taste and zing.

    This bubbly cocktail is very easy and quick to make, and you can easily experiment with this drink and make it your own. So get ready with a pitcher of Mimosa and just enjoy.

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    11. Caipirinha Cocktail

    Try making Brazil’s national cocktail, Caipirinha, at home. It’s an absolutely delectable and refreshing drink that is super easy to make with a few simple ingredients.

    Enjoy this tropical treat with your friends and family this summer.

    Get the Recipe @ oliviascuisine

    12. Manhattan Cocktail

    This Manhattan Cocktail is the old classic drink that you need to try now!

    This elegant cocktail is made with bourbon, vermouth, angostura bitters, and orange peel, making it excellent and strong.

    Make your parents nostalgic by making them Manhattan cocktails at home.

    Get the Recipe @ averiecooks

    13. Mudslide Cocktail

    This is the best drink to make when you want some dessert drink, a Mudslide cocktail!

    This sweet cocktail gets ready in just 5 minutes, and it consists of coffee liqueur, vodka, cream, and Irish cream. It’s like a delicious boozy milkshake.

    Get the Recipe @ bellyfull

    14. Frozen Margarita

    Make your summer more refreshing and flavorful with this Frozen Margarita cocktail. This homemade frozen classic is out of this world delicious and super easy to make.

    It’s the perfect crowd-pleaser drink that you can’t go wrong with.

    Get the Recipe @ thecookierookie

    15. Champagne Punch

    This Champagne Punch cocktail is a fun party drink. This stunning-looking drink is packed with fresh berries, sliced citrus, mint leaves, and a mixture of flavorful liqueurs.

    It will definitely be a star cocktail for your parties or festive events.

    Get the Recipe @ hostthetoast

    16. Cosmopolitan Cocktail

    Make your ordinary drink high class and elegant by making this Cosmopolitan cocktail! It’s a perfect combination of vodka, triple sec, cranberry, and lime juice.

    This easy and fancy drink is fit to serve on special occasions like Christmas and Valentine’s.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    17. Pomegranate Margaritas

    If you like pomegranates, then this recipe is just for you. This Pomegranate Margarita is a super refreshing, fruity, and delicious cocktail.

    It’s incredibly easy to make, just mix all the flavorful ingredients together, stir it and serve this at your summer get-together, or any weekend.

    Get the Recipe @ bakerbynature

    18. Mint Julep Cocktail

    This is another old-fashioned and classy drink you wanna try, the Mint Julep!

    This super refreshing drink is made with muddled mint, bourbon, and mint syrup, and served over lots of crushed ice and your elegant cocktail is ready.

    Perfect for hot summer days, and of course, the Kentucky Derby!

    Get the Recipe @ missallieskitchen

    19. Mango Michelada Cocktail

    This Mango Michelada is a super flavorful Mexican beer cocktail. It’s the perfect combination of your favorite flavors like sweet, spicy, tarty, and salty.

    Make this unique and refreshing Mango Michelada cocktail and be ready to enjoy all the hot summer days.

    Get the Recipe @ platingsandpairings

    20. Paloma Cocktail

    Enjoy this summer with a refreshing and famous Paloma cocktail!

    This easy cocktail recipe is made with grapefruit juice, lime, and tequila. Serve it with crushed ice and make your summer more comforting.

    Get the Recipe @ shakedrinkrepeat

    21. Mai Tai Cocktail

    This traditional Mai Tai is a favorite cocktail in Hawaii, and we are sure it’s going to be your favorite cocktail too!

    This rum-based cocktail has amazing flavors and a super punch that you will get addicted to. Make your island vibe drink at home and serve it in individual glasses, or in a huge bowl for the crowd.

    Get the Recipe @ plaitingsandpairings

    22. Grasshopper Cocktail

    Now this Grasshopper is one dazzling bright-looking cocktail in beautiful green color. Made with creme de menthe, white creme de cacao and fresh cream, it’s an amazing treat for you.

    Wow your friend and family with this dessert-like cocktail for your next party.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    23. Negroni Cocktail

    This vibrant-looking Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail that is incredibly refreshing. It’s made with only 4 ingredients that compliment each other amazingly.

    Make this stunning drink for your summer parties or potlucks, and get some rave reviews for sure.

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    24. White Russian Cocktail

    When you thirst for something delicious and creamy, make this White Russian cocktail. This cocktail is super easy to make and doesn’t need any shaker or strainer.

    Simply add vodka and Kahlua with ice and cream and just give it a stir, your super tasty cocktail is ready for you to enjoy.

    Get the Recipe @ acouplecooks

    25. Peach Bellini

    Make this vibrant and gorgeous-looking frozen Peach Bellini cocktail, which is perfect for summer parties, potlucks, or special events.

    It’s super yummy with a light peach flavor and the right amount of boozy slush.

    Get the Recipe @ thenovicechef

    26.  Aperol Spritz Cocktail

    Now, this Aperol Spritz cocktail recipe is just stunning, as it’s a super refreshing and amazingly bubbly drink.

    It’s incredibly easy to make with just Aperol, prosecco, soda, and ice, and served with a slice of fresh orange for extra punch. It’s not just a good-looking cocktail, but it tastes delicious too.

    Get the Recipe @ cookieandkate

    27. Long Island Iced Tea 

    Now, this Long Island Iced Tea is the ultimate cocktail you all know. It’s a famous and classic cocktail for a reason, made by mixing 5 different liqueurs with lemon juice and cola.

    You can easily customize this recipe and make your own. Make this super boozy cocktail for your next party and make everyone tipsy…

    Get the Recipe @ supergoldenbakes

    28. Vodka Gimlet

    Everyone knows a gimlet with gin is very common to drink, but try this classic Vodka Gimlet cocktail, it’s an all-time favorite drink.

    It’s a straightforward and simple recipe made with vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup. Enjoy this elegant drink any time or any season.

    Get the Recipe @ simplejoy

    29. Tom Collins Cocktail

    Try making this excellent Tom Collins Cocktail at home. It’s actually a simple lemonade with gin, but it’s so good.

    This refreshing cocktail is perfect for summer, as it’s very refreshing served with lots of ice. There are many variations to make this cocktail your own.

    Get the Recipe @ cookieandkate

    30. Boulevardier Cocktail

    Boulevardier is a French classic cocktail that is just amazing! This drink is very easy and quick to make with sweet, bitter, oaky and caramel flavors.

    This beautiful-looking red and orange cocktail will be a hit. Perfect cocktail for wintertime to make you warm from the inside.

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    31. Old Fashioned Drink

    Now, this Old Fashioned Drink cocktail is a classic recipe for all whiskey lovers!

    This recipe is made with fresh orange and lemon peels, cherry, bitters, and sugar, with whiskey, club soda and ice. A must-try cocktail for sure.

    Get the Recipe @ simplejoy

    32. Sidecar Cocktail

    This Sidecar Cocktail is one of the oldest recipes around, but it has not lost its charm!

    This super easy recipe is made with brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon juice, and it was famous as a ladies’ drink. Try this classic sidecar cocktail at home and see if your ladies get impressed or not…

    Get the Recipe @ mixthatdrink

    33. Whisky Sour Cocktail

    This is another classic and elegant recipe, called Whisky Sour. Whiskey has been enjoyed since the very early days, and it’s popular and loved today also.

    This Whiskey Sour recipe is very easy and quick to make, as it needs only whiskey, simple syrup, lemon juice, and garnish it with a lemon wedge and cherry.

    Get the Recipe @ alushlifemanual

    34. White Sangria 

    Make this White Sangria that is an amazingly refreshing cocktail. It’s loaded with colorful fresh fruits and is a must for summer.

    This White Sangria is fun to make with white wine, fruit liqueur, and white grape or peach juice.

    Get the Recipe @ celebratingsweets

    35. French 75 Champagne Cocktail

    We are wrapping up this amazing list of Cocktails with this French 75 Champagne Cocktail recipe.

    This drink is a light, refreshing, and fun mix of bubbly champagne, gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice. If you like a bubbly drink, then you will love this French 75 Champagne cocktail.

    Get the Recipe @ iowagirleats

    So there it is. All these cocktails will take care of you on hot summer days. You all can enjoy a tall glass of all these refreshing drinks anytime you feel like drinking something cool and tasty.

    Pin or bookmark this collection of great drinks and you know where to find them next time you are having some get together or potluck. Have fun mixing them in huge pitchers, or treat yourself to individual glasses.

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    35 BEST Cocktail Recipes

    This collection of refreshing and easy Cocktail Recipes will give you plenty of ways to cool off this summer!


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