When entertaining friends or other guests on an occasion, there is nothing like cocktails to keep the party going. If you are planning to host a party and are looking for the best cocktail recipes, this article is for you. Here, we have compiled a list of some classic cocktail recipes for entertaining guests, so mix them up and hit the dance floor:
Frozen Limeade Margarita
In the list of classic cocktail recipes for entertaining guests, how can we leave out the Margarita? Here’s how you can prepare this classic cocktail:
- Take one-fourth cup of triple sec, a cup of silver tequila, a tablespoon of agave nectar, half a teaspoon kosher salt, and a can (12 oz.) of frozen limeade in a blender.
- Add 6 cups of crushed ice and puree until smooth.
- Transfer to a jug and garnish with sliced lime.
- Serve the margarita in chilled glasses with salt on the rims.
This is an ideal cocktail to have as you sit by the beach:
- Take 2 cups of ice, the juice of 2 fresh limes, three-and-a-half oz each of rum and coconut rum, and one-and-a-half cups of mango sorbet.
- Add all the ingredients to a blender, mix until the ice breaks down and the ingredients are combined properly, and serve.
This is one of the best classic cocktail recipes for entertaining your guests. Note that all bottles used in this recipe are 750ml bottles:
- Take a large punch bowl and fill it with ice.
- Add one bottle each of chilled Campari, chilled Cinzano sweet vermouth, and chilled prosecco to the bowl.
- Stir and garnish with strips of rind from one orange.
- Use rocks glasses or punch cups to serve the cocktail.
A refreshing cocktail, this was created in the 1700s and has grown to become one of the most popular ones in the country:
- Add 3 fresh mint leaves and a tablespoon of mint simple syrup in a chilled julep cup.
- Press the mint leaves and allow their flavor to be released.
- Add crushed ice and then add one part of your choice of bourbon to the cup.
- Mix, garnish with mint leaves, insert a straw, and serve.
Blood & Sand
A scotch-based cocktail, this cocktail derives its name from the Heering cherry liqueur – the blood, and orange juice – the sand:
- Add three-fourth parts each of Scotch, sweet vermouth, and Heering cherry liqueur into a shaker.
- Add three-fourth parts of fresh orange juice to the shaker, add ice, and shake to mix well.
- Chill and serve after garnishing with an orange peel.
This cocktail is one of the earliest of the country’s cocktails, specifically a specialty of New Orleans:
- Take a mixing glass and mix a sugar cube with 2 parts Angostura bitters and 3 parts Peychaud’s bitters.
- Then, add 2 parts of rye whiskey and stir the cocktail after adding some ice.
- Over the surface, twist a lemon peel slice for the oils and discard it.
Book Club Sangria
This is a cocktail with a sweet-tart punch that was first made in the 1970s:
- Boil three-fourth cup of sugar and one cup of water in a saucepan and put it in a pitcher after it cools.
- Add one-fourth cup each of fresh orange, lime, and lemon juice, along with one-fourth cup of brandy to the pitcher and chill.
- Before serving, just add a cup of ginger ale, a cup of fresh pineapple chunks, a fresh, sliced and pitted peach, and 4 thin slices of lemon, lime, and orange.
- Stir, serve with ice, and enjoy!