How to impress your friends with these 4 fresh cocktails

My best kept secret for hosting an incredible party?  A signature cocktail!

Every good party comes with a single cocktail that guests can sip on throughout the evening.  Not only does a signature cocktail provide a fun way to add interest to your party, it also gives your guests the added convenience of choosing a yummy drink so they can concentrate on what’s priority – socializing!

I’d recommend having a small selection of wine and beer on hand as well, however in my experience, friends always choose the signature cocktail when offered.  It gives guests an immediate icebreaker as well as a way to connect to new acquaintances.  Everyone’s enjoying the same drink and starting off on an even playing field.

As temps rise and we begin the glorious spring season full of late night BBQs and patio parties, here’s my top 4 freshened up cocktails to add to your next get-together.

Pink Lady

This bubbly concoction is ideal for bridal showers, baby showers, bachelorette parties, or a girls’ night in.  I love the summery coral pink shade of grapefruit mixed with fizzy champagne.  It’s a light, sweet way to mix up this classic celebratory beverage.

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Add 2 parts champagne to 1 part chilled grapefruit juice and garnish with a tiny wedge of grapefruit.  Optional – soak the rim of your champagne flute in grapefruit juice and coat sugar or pink sprinkles on the glass for some added girly flair.

Summer Slush

Hosting the next casual BBQ?  Add this fancy summertime drink to your menu.  Refreshing lemonade mixed with sweet raspberry vodka makes this beverage the perfect dessert to top off an evening of burgers and brats.  The crushed ice gives it a full on ballpark aesthetic that both guys and girls will love.

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To mix a batch of this drink ahead of time, add 1 cup of raspberry flavored vodka or rum (Bacardi makes my favorite) to 1.75 liters of lemonade (or 1 jug of Simply Lemonade) to a pitcher.  Stir well and add more liquor depending on your preference.  Leave the pitcher in the fridge to chill.  As your guests arrive, pour the drink over crushed ice and serve with a lemon wedge or garnish with fresh raspberries.

The Cinco

Looking to make the perfect, classic margarita for your next holiday bash?  This recipe is yummy, easy and always a hit.  I love using several ingredients to whip up a batch of margaritas (in place of sugary pre-made grocery store mixes) to really impress my friends.

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You’ll need the following:

  • 1 750 ml bottle Silver tequila
  • 2 cups Triple Sec
  • 1 1/2 cups lime juice
  • fresh limes
  • sea salt

Combine the tequila, Triple Sec, and lime juice into a pitcher and chill.  Dice the limes into wedges and slice a cut into the top of each wedge.  Wipe the rim of your glasses with a lime wedge and twirl the rim into a dish of sea salt to garnish.  Serve the drink over ice.

Rockin’ Rosé

This is my favorite quick, easy signature cocktail to add some punch to a party.  To try this amped-up take on the blush wine trend all you need is a few bottles of your rosé of choice and fresh blackberries.  For a drink this simple, I like to add appeal by serving the rosé in glasses of varying styles (think champagne flute, cordial, brandy glass, highball glass, and martini glasses).  Pop a few blackberries into the drink and you’re done!

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Having a signature cocktail is an easy way to take your party to the next level.  Impress and treat your friends to a yummy beverage and take the guesswork out of what to prepare for your next event.

Which ones are your faves??

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