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Cocktail Party Mixed Drink Recipes

Featuring basic standards and a diverse selection of favorites, the following cocktail party drink list is all you need to mix cocktails with confidence.

The list is grouped by liquor and then sub-divided by complexity, e.g. 2,3,& 4 part drinks.  For details on mixing cocktails, see Cocktail Mixology 101.

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Bourbon & Whiskey Cocktail Recipes


Bourbon:  2-Part Cocktails


Bourbon & Coke


2 oz
4 oz
bourbon
Coke or Diet Coke
1 part
2 parts

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice & stir; optionally, garnish with a lemon twist.

Bourbon & Ginger


2 oz
4 oz
bourbon
ginger ale
1 part
2 parts

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice.  Stir and optionally garnish with a lemon twist.

Bourbon:  3-Part Cocktails


Washington Apple


2 oz
2 oz
2 oz
bourbon or blended whiskey
Sour Apple Pucker
cranberry juice
1 part
1 part
1 part

Pour ingredients into a highball glass with ice.  Stir and optionally garnish with an apple slice.

Whiskey Sour


1 1/2 oz
1 1/2 oz
3/4 oz
bourbon or blended whiskey
lemon juice
simple syrup*
2 parts
2 parts
1 part

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice.  Stir and garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.

This drink may also be mixed in a cocktail shaker and served "up".

Bourbon:  4+ Part Cocktails


Mint Julep


2 1/2 oz
8
1 tsp
2 tsp
1 sprig
bourbon
fresh mint leaves
powdered sugar
water
mint

Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar and water in a Collins glass.  Alternatively, you may use simple syrup for the sugar and water. Add crushed ice and fill with bourbon.  Fill with more crushed ice to near the top of the glass.  Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.  Cut a straw to protrude 1-inch above the top of the glass.  While imbibing shove your nose into the mint garnish and sniff and quaff at the same time.

Old Fashioned


2 oz
1
3 dashes
1 splash
bourbon
sugar cube
bitters
water

Place the sugar cube in the bottom of an Old Fashioned glass (alternatively, you may use 1 teaspoon of sugar). Sprinkle sugar with bitters and add a splash of water.  Muddle ingredients with a bar spoon.  Add ice, pour in bourbon and stir.  Garnish with a maraschino cherry and orange slice on a toothpick.

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Gin Cocktail Recipes


Gin: 2-Part Cocktails


Gin & Ginger


2 oz
4 oz
gin
ginger ale
1 part
2 parts

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir and optionally garnish with a lemon twist.

Gin & Tonic


2 oz
4 oz
gin
tonic or diet tonic
1 part
2 parts

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Squeeze in lime wedge and stir.

Orange Blossom


2 oz
3 oz
gin
orange juice
2 parts
3 parts

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir and garnish with an orange slice.

Gin: 3-Part Cocktails


Gin Sour


1 1/2 oz
1 1/2 oz
3/4 oz
gin
lemon juice
simple syrup*
2 parts
2 parts
1 part

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir and garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.

This drink may also be mixed in a cocktail shaker and served "up".

Gin: 4+ Part Cocktails


Gin Fizz


2 oz
1 oz
1 oz
1/2 oz
gin
lemon juice
lime juice
simple syrup*
club soda

Mix gin, lemon juice, lime juice and simple syrup in a highball glass with ice. Fill with club soda and garnish with a maraschino cherry. Serve with a straw.

Pink Panther


2 oz
2 oz
4 oz
1/2 oz
gin
apple juice
grapefruit juice
grenadine

Mix all ingredients in a highball glass with ice. Optionally garnish with a sprig of mint. Serve with a straw.

Tom Collins


2 1/2 oz
1 1/2 oz
1/2 oz
gin
lemon juice
simple syrup*
club soda

Mix gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a Collins glass with ice. Fill with club soda and garnish with a maraschino cherry. Serve with a straw.

Long Island Iced Tea


Recipe under Vodka

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Rum Cocktail Recipes


Rum: 2-Part Cocktails


Rum & Coke


2 oz
4 oz
light rum
Coke or Diet Coke
1 part
2 parts

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Squeeze in lime wedge and stir.

Rum & Pineapple


2 oz
3 oz
rum
pineapple juice
2 part
3 parts

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir and optionally garnish with a pineapple wedge or maraschino cherry.

Rum: 3-Part Cocktails


Daiquiri


2 oz
3/4 oz
1/2 oz
light rum
lime juice
simple syrup*
4 part
3 part
2 part

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir and optionally garnish with a lime.

Substitute grenadine for the simple syrup to make a Pink Daiquiri.

Pineapple Coconut


1 1/2 oz
1 1/2 oz
3 oz
light rum
coconut rum
pineapple juice
1 part
1 part
2 parts

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir and garnish with a pineapple wedge or maraschino cherry.

Rum: 4+ Part Cocktails


Blue Hawaiian


1 1/2 oz
1 oz
2 oz
1 oz
light rum
blue curacao
pineapple juice
cream of coconut

Shake ingredients together in a shaker. Pour over ice into a hurricane, wine, or highball glass. Garnish with an orange slice and cocktail umbrella.

Goombay Smash


1 oz
1 oz
1 oz
3 oz
1/4 oz
1/2 oz
3 dashes
light rum
gold rum
coconut rum
pineapple juice
lime juice
simple syrup*
bitters

Pour ingredients into a highball glass over ice. Stir and sprinkle with bitters on top. Garnish with an pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry on a toothpick and cocktail umbrella.

Mai Tai


1 oz
1 oz
1/2 oz
1/2 oz
1/2 oz
1/2 oz
light rum
dark rum
lime juice
orgeat
Curacao
grenadine

Shake ingredients together in a shaker. Pour over ice into a double Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a skewered orange slice & maraschino cherry and cocktail umbrella.

Alternates: Substitute almond coffee-flavoring syrup for orgeat. Substitute Cointreau, triple sec or Grand Marnier for curacao.

Planter's Punch


2 oz
3 oz
1 oz
2 dashes
1 tsp
dark rum
orange juice
lemon juice
grenadine
simple syrup*

Shake ingredients together in a shaker. Pour over ice into a hurricane or highball glass. Garnish with a skewered orange slice & maraschino cherry and cocktail umbrella.

Long Island Iced Tea


Recipe under Vodka

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Scotch Cocktail Recipes


Scotch: 2-Part Cocktails


Rusty Nail


2 oz
1 oz
scotch
Drambuie
2 parts
1 part

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir and optionally garnish with a lemon twist.

Scotch & Soda


2 oz
4 oz
scotch
club soda
1 part
2 parts

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir and optionally garnish with a lemon twist.

Rob Roy


1 1/2 oz
3/4 oz
scotch
sweet vermouth
2 parts
1 part

Pour ingredients into a Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Scotch: 3-Part Cocktails


Dry Rob Roy


2 oz
1/2 oz
1 dash
scotch
dry vermouth
bitters
4 parts
1 parts

Pour ingredients into an Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir and twist lemon peel over drink and drop into glass.

Perfect Rob Roy


2 1/2 oz
1/2 oz
1/2 oz
scotch
sweet vermouth
dry vermouth
4 parts
1 part
1 part

Pour ingredients into an Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir and garnish with maraschino cherry or lemon twist.

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Tequila Cocktail Recipes


Tequila: 3-Part Cocktails


Margarita


1 1/2 oz
1/2 oz
1 oz
tequila
triple sec
lime juice
3 parts
1 part
2 parts

Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Rub the rim of a double Old Fashioned glass with lime then dip into a saucer of salt until evenly coated. Pour the Margarita mixture into glass and garnish with a lime slice.

Tequila Sunrise


2 oz
4 oz
1 oz
tequila
orange juice
grenadine
2 parts
4 parts
1 part

Pour tequila and orange juice into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice and star. Pour grenadine very slowly so that it sinks to the bottom. Do not stir again. The grenadine should rise up from the bottom creating a sunset effect. Garnish with an orange and maraschino cherry on a toothpick.

Tequila: 4-Part Cocktails


Long Island Iced Tea


Recipe under Vodka

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Vodka Cocktail Recipes


Vodka: 2-Part Cocktails


Black Russian


2 oz
1 oz
vodka
Kahlua or coffee liqueur
2 parts
1 part

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice and stir.

To make a Black Magic: add several dashes of lemon juice and garnish with a lemon twist.

Cape Cod

aka Vodka & Cranberry


2 oz
4 oz
vodka
cranberry juice
1 part
2 parts

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir and squeeze in a lime wedge.

Greyhound

aka Vodka & Grapefruit


2 oz
4 oz
vodka
grapefruit juice
1 part
2 parts

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Salt the rim and you have a Salty Dog.

Screwdriver

aka Vodka & Orange Juice


2 oz
4 oz
vodka
orange juice
1 part
2 parts

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir and optionally garnish with an orange slice.

Vodka Tonic


2 oz
4 oz
vodka
tonic or diet tonic
1 part
2 parts

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir and squeeze in a lime wedge.

Use flavored vodkas and omit the lime to make a number of tasty and refreshing variations of a Vodka Tonic. Try Raspberry, Orange, Watermelon, and Apple.

Vodka: 3-Part Cocktails


Blue Lagoon


1 1/2 oz
1 1/2 oz
4 oz
vodka
blue curacao
lemonade
3 parts
3 parts
4 parts

Mix ingredients in a double Old Fashioned glass with ice and stir. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry on a toothpick and cocktail umbrella.

Harvey Wallbanger


2 oz
4 oz
1/2 oz
vodka
orange juice
Galliano
1 part
2 parts
float

Pour vodka and orange juice into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice and stir. Float Galliano on top. Do not stir again. Garnish with an orange slice.

Madras


2 oz
3 oz
1 oz
vodka
cranberry juice
orange juice
2 parts
3 parts
1 part

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Stir and squeeze in a lime wedge.

Melon Ball


1 1/2 oz
1 1/2 oz
3 oz
vodka
Midori melon liqueur
orange juice
1 part
1 part
2 parts

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice and stir. Garnish with an orange slice.

Sea Breeze


2 oz
2 oz
2 oz
vodka
cranberry juice
grapefruit juice
1 part
1 part
1 part

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice and stir. Squeeze a lime wedge and drop it into the glass.

White Russian


1 1/2 oz
1 1/2 oz
3 oz
vodka
Kahlua or coffee liqueur
light cream or milk
1 part
1 part
2 parts

Mix vodka and Kahlua in a highball glass with ice. Pour in cream or milk and sprinkle with a dash of nutmeg.

Vodka: 4+ Part Cocktails


Bloody Mary


2 oz
4-6 oz
2 tsp
1/2 tsp
2-3 dashes
2 pinches
1 pinch
1/4 tsp
vodka
tomato juice or Bloody Mary mix
lemon juice
Worcestershire sauce
Tabasco sauce
celery salt
white or black pepper
horseradish (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a highball glass with ice. Garnish with a celery stick and lemon wedge. Optionally, salt the rim of the glass with celery salt.

Long Island Ice Tea


1 oz
1 oz
1 oz
1 oz
1 oz
1 1/2 oz
1 splash
vodka
gin
rum
tequila
triple sec
sweet & sour mix**
cola

Mix all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

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Martinis & Up Cocktail Recipes


Cosmopolitan


2 oz
1/2 oz
1/2 oz
1/2 oz
vodka
Cointreau or triple sec
lime juice
cranberry juice

Pour ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Dry Martini


3 oz
1 oz
gin
dry vermouth

Pour the ingredients into an ice-filled martini pitcher and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with one or two skewered olives.

Gibson: Follow instructions above and garnish with skewered cocktail onions.

Vodka Martini & Gibson: Substitute the gin with vodka (I know you know that, but...).

Extra Dry Martini


3 oz
1 trickle
gin or vodka
dry vermouth

Use premium quality gin and good imported vermouth. Pour the vermouth into an ice-filled martini pitcher, then pour it out, leaving only the vermouth that coats the ice and side of the pitcher. Add gin and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with one or two skewered olives.

Gimlet


2 oz
1 oz
1/2 oz
gin
lime juice
simple syrup*

Pour ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of lime.

Manhattan


3 oz
1/2 oz
1 dash
rye, bourbon or blended whiskey
sweet vermouth
bitters

Pour ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Negroni


1 1/2 oz
1 1/2 oz
1 1/2 oz
gin
Campari
sweet vermouth

Pour ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Vodka Martinis: Flavored


3 oz
1 oz
vodka
Chambord for raspberry
or Apple Pucker for apple
or Watermelon Pucker for watermelon
or any flavor of your choice

Pour ingredients into an ice-filled martini pitcher and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into martini glass and garnish with a raspberry, apple slice, or watermelon wedge.

Whiskey Sour


1 1/2 oz
1 1/2 oz
3/4 oz
bourbon or blended whiskey
lemon juice
simple syrup*

Pour ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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Signature Drinks & Batch-Mixed Recipes

When choosing a signature drink, to mix in large batches the day before the party, look for the following:
  • A drink that will appeal to most tastes
  • No carbonated mixers, look for juices
A designated drink is also an excellent way to control costs.  Not only is rum the cheapest liquor, it mixes very well with juices and makes a number of cocktails with universal appeal. 

Remember:  Only put ice in cocktail glasses, this means never put ice in pre-mixed batches. If you have room, put your signature drink mixture in the freezer, but don't forget to defrost before the party.

For all batch mixed drinks, first mix a single serving cocktail in the same proportions, then make adjustments to suit your personal taste.  This will also give you a reference point for the final mixture.

Goombay Smash


1 oz
1 oz
1 oz
3 oz
1/4 oz
1/2 oz
3 dashes
light rum
gold rum
coconut rum
pineapple juice
lime juice
simple syrup
Angostura bitters
4 parts
4 parts
4 parts
12 parts
1 part
2 parts
By serving

Mix all ingredients except bitters and adjust for taste, primarily for the balance of sweet (simple syrup) and sour (lime juice).

To serve: Pour into a stemmed or highball glass over ice. Stir, then sprinkle with dashes of bitters on top. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry on a toothpick and cocktail umbrella.

Sebastian's Mama


1/2 oz
1/2 oz
1/2 oz
1/2 oz
1 1/2 oz
1 1/2 oz
Light rum
Coconut rum
Creme de banana
Grenadine syrup
Orange juice
Pineapple juice
1 part
1 part
1 part
1 part
3 parts
3 parts

Mix all ingredients in batches using the parts measurement. Serve over ice in a stemmed or highball glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge or orange slice and maraschino cherry on a toothpick and add a cocktail umbrella for decoration.

Variations: Use Triple Sec (orange) instead of Creme de banana, or use Chambord or Razzmatazz (raspberry) for Creme de banana and grenadine.

Californian Hurricane


1 oz
1 oz
1/2 oz
2 oz
3 oz
3 dashes
Dark rum
Light rum
Triple sec
Pineapple juice
Orange juice
Grenadine syrup
2 parts
2 parts
1 part
4 parts
6 parts
As needed

Mix all ingredients in batches using the parts measurement, use just enough grenadine to turn the mixture red. Serve over ice in a stemmed or highball glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge or orange slice and maraschino cherry on a toothpick and add a cocktail umbrella for decoration.

Bompi's Punch


1 oz
1 oz
1/2 oz
1 1/2 oz
1 1/2 oz
1/2 oz
4 dashes
Light rum
Dark rum
Cointreau
Orange juice
Pineapple juice
Lime juice
Grenadine
1 part
1 part
1 part
1 part
3 parts
3 parts
As needed

Mix all ingredients in batches using the parts measurement, use just enough grenadine to turn the mixture red. Serve over ice in a stemmed or highball glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge or orange slice and maraschino cherry on a toothpick and add a cocktail umbrella for decoration.

Guy's Blue Hawaiian


1 1/2 oz
1 oz
2 oz
1 oz
Light rum
Blue Curacao
Pineapple juice
Cream of coconut
4 parts
2 parts
6 parts
3 parts

Mix all ingredients in batches using the parts measurement. Note that proportions are different when mixing larger quantities. Shake and serve over ice in a stemmed or highball glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge or orange slice and maraschino cherry on a toothpick and add a cocktail umbrella for decoration.

Down Under Snowball


1 oz
1 oz
1/2 oz
2 1/2 oz
Light Rum
Peach Schnapps
Grenadine
Orange Juice
2 parts
2 parts
1 part
5 parts

Mix in batches using the parts measurements. Serve in a double old-fashioned glass over ice.

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Non-alcoholic Cocktail Recipes


Down East Delight


4 oz
2 oz
2 oz
1 oz
orange juice
grapefruit juice
cranberry juice
orgeat syrup or almond coffee-flavoring

Mix all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a highball glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Gentle Sea Breeze


4 oz
4 oz
orange juice
grapefruit juice

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass over ice and stir. Garnish with an orange slice.

Grenadine Cocktail


3 oz
3 oz
3/4 oz
orange juice
pineapple juice
grenadine

Pour ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass over ice and stir. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry on a toothpick and cocktail umbrella.

Shirley Temple


6 oz
3 dashes
ginger ale
grenadine

Pour ingredients into a wine glass with a few cubes of ice. Stir gently and garnish with an orange slice, lemon twist, and maraschino cherry.

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*Simple Syrup is a mixture of equal parts sugar and water.  It is easiest to make by heating the water to dissolve the sugar.  Let it cool before using.

**Sweet & Sour Mix aka Sour Mix is a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and simple syrup.  Sweet & Sour Mix may be substituted in recipes calling for lemon juice and simple syrup, such as Whiskey Sour and Gin Sour.