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
The black pepper and agave nectar lifts up the natural character of blanco tequila in this fruity cocktail
Saint Lucia rum punch is the perfect drinks party centrepiece made with apple and orange juice
This spiced hot chocolate with gingerbread liqueur is the perfect winter warming cocktail
Be on trend and serve a G & Tea at your drinks party, made with gin and green tea syrup
Kir Royale is such an easy to make cocktail, cobbled together with fruity liqueur in sparkling 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
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.
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