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The 8 Best Cocktails for Your Next Party

Fun and Exciting Drinks for Everyone

Hosting a party can be exhausting, especially when you have to come up with some new ideas to spice things up. There’s always alcohol! It’s the one thing that will usually be at every party, but why not make it fun? It's time to start creating exciting concoctions; here are 8 amazing cocktail recipes for your next shindig.

8 of the most Exciting & Tastiest Cocktails

There’s nothing more thrilling than making new cocktails for your friends and family. Let’s take a look at some of the best cocktails you can make today.

1. Vesper

The Vesper was a drink invented and named by a fictional secret agent, James Bond. It’s a simple, yet classy cocktail perfect for any occasion. The recipe is quite simple:

  • 15ml of Skyy Vodka.
  • 45ml of Gin.
  • 7.5ml of Lillet Blanc.

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake it well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside becomes frosted. Now you can strain it into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish it with a lemon peel.

2. Old Fashioned

If you’re only ever going to make one bourbon cocktail, the Old Fashioned is the perfect one. Out of all the bourbon cocktail recipes, it is the most timeless. Here’s how you make it:

  • Two parts Wild Turkey® 101 Bourbon.
  • Quarter part simple syrup.
  • Two dashes of bitters.

All you have to do is add Wild Turkey® 101 Bourbon and syrup to a mixing glass with ice. Then you will add two dashes of bitters and stir them together. You’ll now want to pour it over ice into a rocks glass and garnish it with an orange peel.

3. Sidecar 75

Sidecar 75, alongside French 75, are two of the greatest drinks. The ‘75 is often made with gin, but have you ever had it with Courvoisier Cognac? It’s the sidecar but made bubbly. Here’s the recipe:

  • One ½ ounces of Courvoisier Cognac.
  • ¾ ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • ¾ of orange liqueur.
  • One dash of orange bitters
  • One ounce of French sparkling wine.
  • One lemon wheel.

You will mix the Courvoisier Cognac, lemon juice, orange liqueur and orange bitters into a glass. You will then top it with French sparkling wine and garnish it with a lemon wheel.

4. Hennessy Margarita

The Hennessy margarita is a sophisticated drink that will have your guests wanting more. It is a classic margarita with the addition of Cognac. Here are the ingredients:

  • One ½ ounces of tequila reposado.
  • One ounce of Hennessy Cognac.
  • One ounce of Cointreau (or Triple Sec).
  • ½ ounce of lime juice.
  • Lime wedges garnish.

Run a lime around the rim of a glass and dip the edge of the rim into a plate of salt. Place the tequila, Hennessy, Cointreau and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with one handful of ice cubes and shake until cold. Now you’ll want to strain the margarita into the glass with a salted rim. Fill with ice and serve.

5. Grand Marnier Mai-Tai

Your tastebuds will be screaming with this exceptional Mai-Tai. Here is the recipe:

  • Grand Marnier® Napolean.
  • Appleton Estatee® Signature Blend.
  • 0.5 parts orgeat syrup.
  • 0.5 parts fresh lemon juice.
  • Ice cubes.
  • Lime slice, mint and pineapple left to garnish.

Combine all of the liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Now strain it into a Collins. Add your desired garnish and voila!

6. Espaloma Cocktail

A take on the popular Paloma cocktail, the Espaloma Cocktail is a delightful drink for your next shindig. Take a look at the recipe:

  • Two ounces of espolon tequila.
  • Half-ounce triple sec.
  • One ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice.
  • Half-ounce freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.
  • Three dashes of aromatic bitters.
  • Two ounces lemon-lime soda.
  • Grapefruit or lime slice, for garnish.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the tequila, lime and grapefruit juices, triple sec and bitters. Shake it well and strain it into a highball glass with ice. Now top it up with soda and finish it off with a garnish of grapefruit or lime slice.

7. Glenmorangie X Blackcurrant

The Glenmorangie X Blackcurrant is the perfect drink for your next party. With its dark fruit sweetness, it’s sure to please even the pickiest drinkers. Check out the recipe:

  • 50ml (2oz) X by Glenmorangie.
  • 25ml (1oz) Lemon Juice.
  • 12.5ml (1/2oz) Blackcurrant Cordial.
  • 10ml (1/3oz) Agave Syrup.

Fill a highball glass with crushed ice and add the Glenmorangie, lemon juice and agave syrup. Now you’ll want to stir and then top it with blackcurrant cordial. Garnish it with a lemon wheel and a blackberry.

8. Royal Flush

The Royal Flush drink is an ideal way to use Crown Royal whiskey! Just mix it with cranberry juice and peach schnapps for a sophisticated cocktail. Here are the ingredients:

  • One ounce of peach schnapps.
  • Two ounces of Crown Royal whiskey.
  • One ½ ounces of 100% unsweetened cranberry juice.
  • One teaspoon of simple syrup (omit if using sweetened cranberry juice).
  • Club soda.
  • Ice, for serving.

First, you’ll fill a lowball glass with ice. Now you’ll add the peach schnapps, Crown Royal, cranberry juice and simple syrup, and stir gently. Add a splash of soda water if you’d like; now serve!