The best party is a well-mannered, well-timed cocktail party. Worry not, as we have 5 recipes for the perfect cocktails to serve your guests. These cocktails are light and refreshing, perfect for those summer nights when it's just too hot to get into any heavy drinking.

What You'll Need to Make a Cocktail

In order to make any of the cocktails on this list, you'll need a few key ingredients and tools. First, you'll need some alcohol. The type of alcohol you use will depend on the recipe, but vodka, gin, tequila, and rum are all good options. You'll also need mixers like juices, sodas, and syrups. And finally, you'll need some ice cubes and a way to crush them (if necessary).

If you have these basics on hand, then you're ready to start making some amazing cocktails!

Basic Cocktail Recipes

There are a few basic cocktails that every home bartender should know how to make. These simple recipes can be used as a starting point for creating your own unique drinks, or can be enjoyed on their own.

The first cocktail is the classic Martini. To make a Martini, you will need:
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 dash bitters
  • Garnish of olives or lemon twist

Simply combine the gin, vermouth, and bitters in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with olives or a lemon twist and enjoy!

The second cocktail is the Margarita. A Margarita is traditionally made with:
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce triple sec or other citrus liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • Salt for rimming glass (optional)
  • Lime wedge for garnish (optional)
    OR       - 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, hulled (optional)

Start by rimming the edge of your glass with salt (if using). Combine the tequila, triple sec, and lime juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a lime wedge or fresh strawberries (if using) and enjoy!

Types of Cocktails

There are four main types of cocktails: shaken, stirred, built, and blended.

Shaken cocktails are made by adding all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. The cocktail is then shaken vigorously and strained into a glass.

Stirred cocktails are made by adding all ingredients (except for any carbonated mixers) to a mixing glass filled with ice. The cocktail is then stirred until it is well chilled and strain into a glass.

Built cocktails are made by adding all ingredients to the glass in which the cocktail will be served. There is no need to use a shaker or mixing glass for this type of cocktail.

Blended cocktails are made by adding all ingredients (except for any carbonated mixers) to a blender and blending until smooth. The blended cocktail is then poured into a glass.

Other Drinks to Consider

In addition to the cocktails listed above, there are many other drinks that can be easily made for your next party. Below are some other great options to consider:

-Mojitos: These refreshing Cuban cocktails are made with rum, mint, lime, and sugar. They are perfect for summer parties!

-Margaritas: A classic Mexican cocktail, margaritas are made with tequila, lime juice, and Triple Sec. Add salt to the rim of your glass for an extra special touch!

-Cosmopolitans: These pink cocktails are made with vodka, cranberry juice, and Triple Sec. They are perfect for girly get-togethers!

-Long Island Iced Tea: This potent drink is made with vodka, gin, rum, tequila, Triple Sec, and cola. It is definitely not for the faint of heart!


Cocktails don't have to be complicated to be delicious. With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip up any of these five cocktails for your next party. And if you're looking for even more simplicity, try our two-ingredient cocktails. Cheers!

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