No party is complete without a few cocktails! You don't have to spend the whole night playing bartender, either—with our easy cocktail recipes, you can stir or shake together refreshing party drinks in minutes. Choose from easy fruity cocktails, classic cocktail recipes, and more! By following our tips and tricks, you can also get creative behind the bar and wow your pals with your mixology skills.
Most cocktail drinks consist of four basic parts. Whether you are making margaritas, martinis, daiquiris, or other popular cocktails and mixed drinks, each element makes a different contribution to a drink's flavor. Basic cocktail components:
Basic cocktail recipe:
In general, the base is the first ingredient placed in a glass, shaker, or pitcher. Add the modifiers, accents, and ice to the container; shake or stir as the drink recipe requires. Add garnishes to the finished cocktail just before serving.
There are three main ways to mix cocktail drinks: shaking, blending, and muddling. With these easy drink-mixing techniques mastered, you can create all kinds of crowd-pleasing sips.
Shaking the cocktail ingredients with five or six large ice cubes incorporates water and softens the alcohol's edge in your cocktail, resulting in a well-balanced mixed drink. Shake for 10-20 seconds, and use fresh ice for every batch.
Blending yields frozen party cocktails with unbeatable fresh fruit flavor and a smooth texture. The basic ingredients are fruit, liquor, and ice. When making blended drinks, remember to blend the liquor, juices, and fruit before adding ice. You can also use crushed ice.
Muddling a cocktail means slightly bruising fruits, herbs, or zests to bring out essential oils and bold flavor. For the best results, use a drink muddler, or long pestle, and twist herbs and fruit to extract oils. Look for a heavy, flat-bottomed wood muddler, or you can also use the end of a wooden spoon.
Stock up on a few cocktail ingredients so you can quickly mix up memorable party drinks for guests.
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When it comes to classic cocktail recipes, you can't skip the Manhattan. A great choice for beginners, this simple cocktail recipe only requires three ingredients (plus a cherry garnish!). If you've been on the lookout for easy alcoholic drinks to make at home, you won't find anything much simpler or tastier than a basic Manhattan.
To make one Manhattan, combine 2 ounces of bourbon, 1/2 ounce of sweet vermouth, and a dash of bitters in a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes; cover and shake until very cold. Strain liquid into a chilled glass or a glass filled with additional ice cubes. Garnish with a cherry.