Easy cocktail recipes that are perfect for your party, including some of the most popular cocktails such as rum punch, Aperol spritz and raspberry Kir royale as well as cocktails to share that you can make easily in a jug.
Get out of your drinks rut with some new and refreshing ideas that everyone will love. Our cocktail recipes are so simple to make that you won't need to think twice about how to make cocktails - just follow the easy recipes to try out some new drinks that will get your party going.
As it starts to get colder, go for a hot cocktail like festive rum butter punch or a spiked hot chocolate, which will warm you from the inside for a lovely cosy evening.
But there's nothing better than ice-cold cocktail at a party. Ask guests to bring a bottle, whether it's spirits or mixers, then designate an area to make your own drinks trolley or bar, filled with all the ingredients you'll need as well as those essential extras like a bucket of ice, fresh herbs and striped straws. Or if you've got a bottle of a classic spirit, find out how to transform it into a vodka cocktail, gin cocktail or whiskey cocktail - the latter being very Mad Men - with our easy recipes such as a G & Tea (that's gin with iced tea) or a blush apple martini.
Some cocktail recipes require a sugar syrup, but this is so easy to make. To make a simple sugar syrup, heat one part sugar and one part water together in a small saucepan until the sugar has dissolved. Leave to cool, then use it in your cocktails. Or you can always buy readymade sugar syrup, such as Monin, which will work just as well with less faff.
Here's to making your own cocktails for the best parties. Cheers!
Delicious Cocktail recipes
A margarita only needs THREE ingredients, which makes this recipe one of the easiest cocktails to make! Ideal for when you've got guests round
Gin and tonic is always a hit, but give it a bit of an edge by adding pink grapefruit for a refreshing citrus twist. Plus, it's ready in 5 minutes!
Simone Caporale is the mixologist behind the The Artesian Bar at The Langham, where all good bar tenders like to drink. His espresso hops martini, exclusively for woman&home, is smooth and creamy with a frothy top
Mulled cider with bay leaves is a delicious spiced hot cocktail to share at a Christmas party, with all the festive flavours. Try this as an alternative to mulled wine.
Mulled white wine makes a change on the usual mulled wine, but takes it to the next level with cardamom pods, rosemary, cinnamon and sliced lemon. The perfect hot cocktail for your Christmas party
This creamy chocolate cocktail with delicate rose flavours is made with chocolate sauce, vodka and a rose liqueur for the perfect dessert cocktail
Aperol spritz is a very popular cocktail, made simply with Aperol aperitif and Prosecco topped with soda water
Put a twist on the classic Pimm's recipe by adding a splash of gin and tonic, plus refreshing lime and fresh strawberries
Fino sherry and tonic makes a refreshing cocktail to share with friends as it's so easy to make up a jug before guests arrive
Make caipirinha cocktail in a jug to share, using one bottle of cachaça. This is a Brazilian favourite, perfect for summer
Saint Lucia rum punch is the perfect drinks party centrepiece made with apple and orange juice
Be on trend and serve a G & Tea at your drinks party, made with gin and green tea syrup