Cocktails are an essential part of every get-together. If you’re looking to stay in with your friends for the night, DIY cocktails that you can make in your kitchen are a great way to entertain your guests! Prepare a pen and paper and get ready to write down the ingredients for these easy and unique DIY cocktails!
1. Cotton Candy Margarita
Looking to make something sweet and satisfying? Try making a cotton candy margarita! To make these margaritas, you’ll need vodka, sparkling water, and cotton candy flavoring. If you wanna give this cocktail some spunk, dip the edge of your glass in corn syrup and pink sugar and add some cotton candy to the top.
You can find exact measurements here at The Baking Fairy.
2. Spicy Sweet Grinch Cocktail
The holidays are here, and a spicy sweet Grinch cocktail is calling your name! With ginger beer at the base, this cocktail has a bit of a kick while still maintaining its sweet flavor. Alongside the ginger beer, you’ll want to use vodka, lime juice, grapefruit juice, honey, and jalapenos to create this drink. If you want your drink to be extra spicy, combine the ingredients in a pitcher and let the jalapenos sit for a few hours. Go the extra mile by rimming your glasses with sugar and mint!
Follow the full recipe at Half-Baked Harvest.
3. Peach And Raspberry Frozé
You’ll want to grab a blender for this one! The peach and raspberry frozé is perfect for any occasion. Blend together a mix of rosé, elderberry liquer, lemon juice, peaches and raspberry. You’ll want to freeze this mixture for a little while in order to give it that slushy density. To gain bonus points for presentation, cut up some peach slices and put them on the side of your glasses.
Check out All Purpose Flour Child for the measurements!
4. Blueberry Thyme Gin Fizz
If you’re a fan of gin, this drink is perfect for you to whip up in your kitchen. The blueberry gin fizz consists of gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, club soda, and thyme leaves. Before combining your mixture, be sure to smash your blueberries up then add them in. Of course, to really wow your friends with presentation, you can always add a slice of lemon to the side of the cup! Sweet and tasty, this drink is sure to be a hit.
Check out the full recipe here at Aberdeen’s Kitchen.
5. Strawberry Basil Margarita
Who doesn’t love a good strawberry? The next cocktail on our list consists of tequila and orange liquer. First, combine basil, strawberries, lime juice, and honey simple syrup. Add your tequila and orange liquer, and you have a strawberry basil margarita! To make it interesting, line your glasses with lime juice and salt. Finish off by adding a slice of lime, and you’ve got a gorgeous cocktail.
Foolproof Living has the full recipe if you’re interested in this cocktail!
6. Mint And Passion Fruit Rum Punch
Staying on the fruity side, the next cocktail is the mint and passion fruit rum punch! Combine rum, sugar syrup, lime juice, lemongrass, mint, and passion fruit pulp. Chill your mixture, then strain it to perfection. You can even add ginger beer and tonic to this delicious cocktail. Garnish with a passion fruit slice, and you have a mouthwatering mixture!
The exact measurements can be found here at Katie Cakes.
7. Limoncello Reviver
This drink is both colorful and pretty! The uniqueness of this drink comes from freezing pink coconut water in an ice tray to create delicious and eye-catching ice cubes. Mix together gin, limoncello, Lillet Blanc, and lemon juice, then pour it over those pink ice cubes. You can add simple syrup as well to give it more of a sweet flavoring. Put an orange peel on the side of each glass, or even an edible purple flower, for presentation!
The full recipe can be found at Moody Mixologist.
8. Baja Sunset
Insanely unique and gorgeous, this cocktail is bound to satisfy your taste buds, too! First, to achieve the purple look, you’ll want to get a butterfly pea flower and brew it into a tea. Mix the tea with citrus to make it go from blue to purple. Combine guava juice, tequila, agave syrup, lime, aloe juice, and Cointreau. Add in your pea flower tea, and you have a beautiful drink that your houseguests will love. Mix together pink Himalayan salt and sugar, using agave syrup on the rim of the glass to make this mixture stick. This cocktail will not disappoint.
Drinking With Chickens has the full recipe with exact measurements!
9. Starboard Sour
If you’re into sour drinks, this cocktail is perfect for you. Simple and straightforward, you can easily recreate this drink by combining gin, lime juice, vanilla syrup, and coconut milk. Garnish the glass with a slice of lime, and you’ve got yourself a starboard sour!
Full measurements can be found at Empress 1908.
10. Cinnamon Bourbon Old Fashioned
Ahh, yes, another holiday-themed drink. This time, we’re putting a spin on your classic old fashioned cocktail! To make this cocktail, first you’ll need to create cinnamon syrup by boiling a mixture of water, rosemary, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Chill your mixture for a few days to prepare it. Next up, you’re going to to get fancy and brûlée your oranges by sprinkling them with sugar and caramelizing them. In a shaker, combine orange juice, bourbon, orange bitters, and your cinnamon syrup. Get real fancy with it by garnishing your glasses with a cinnamon stick and orange slice. You’ll never make a simple, boring old fashioned again!
Half-Baked Harvest has the full recipe on their website.
11. Coconut Cream Lime Margarita
Creamy drinks are dreamy drinks. Recreate this delicious coconut cream lime margarita by mixing together Cointreau, coconut cream, tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup. Rub a lime wedge across glasses and dip each glass in a mixture of salt, lemon zest, and sugar. Garnish your glasses with a lime slice, and you have a yummy drink that is bound to impress.
Williams Sonoma’s website has the full recipe.
12. Smoked Peach Maple Bourbon Smash
Bourbon fans – we’ve found another great cocktail recipe for you! For this recipe, you’re going to cut your peaches in half and coat them in maple syrup. Broil (or grill) your peaches to caramelize them. Add the following ingredients to a shaker: ice, one of your peach halves, thyme, bourbon, and bitters. Strain your mixture into a glass and top your drinks off with ginger beer, soda water, and lemon juice. Garnish with one of your peach halves, and serve to your houseguests!
Justine Celina’s blog has the full recipe for you!
Which of these delicious cocktail recipes will you be recreating? Leave a comment with your favorite pick!
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Sarah is a recent Virginia Tech graduate with a Bachelors in Creative Writing and Psychology.