Are you going out with the girls or hosting a party of your own? Then this post is for you! Here are my 13 all time favorite cocktails you've simply got to try (if you haven't yet - you've been missing!).
The flavor, the aroma, the colors - you'll love them for life! But before you try these heavenly drinks, make sure you've eaten something too, otherwise, you won't be able to try many of those :))
For a party I'd suggest you stock on Baked! Lay's and Smart Food Popcorn Clusters (as both are delicious, light on calories and have 0 grams trans fat). And if you are heading for drinks straight from work, snack on some Sun Chips on your way. I just love their taste and how easily they fit in my purse. Oh, and did I mention those are only 100 cals per pack?
Well, enjoy yourself, Ladies!
1 The Cosmopolitan
Also known as the Cosmo, is an established leader among top-ranking alcoholic cocktails. It is believed that the Cosmopolitan first gained approval among the posh party-goers of South Beach, Florida, and was further popularized by the stylish women of television's "Sex and the City".
The main ingredient of the Cosmo is vodka, preferably, a high-quality variety (my personal choice is Finlandia). Take 2 measures of vodka, add 2 measures of cranberry juice, 1 measure of Triple Sec liqueur (the best is made of sun-dried skins of oranges and my advice is to use gourmet Cointreau made in France), and a generous squeeze of lime or lemon juice. Mix the ingredients well and serve in a large martini glass "straight up" - without ice. Garnish with wedges of lime or lemon.
The Cosmopolitan, or Cosmo, is one of the most popular alcoholic cocktails among women. It is believed to have originated in South Beach, Florida, and was further popularized by the characters of the popular TV show "Sex and the City". The main ingredients of the Cosmo are vodka, cranberry juice, Triple Sec liqueur, and lime or lemon juice. The vodka should be of a high-quality variety, such as Finlandia, and the Triple Sec should be a gourmet Cointreau made in France.
The Cosmo is served "straight up" without ice in a large martini glass, and is garnished with wedges of lime or lemon. It is a sophisticated and elegant cocktail that is perfect for any special occasion, such as a ladies night out. It is also a great way to start a party, as it is easy to make and has a refreshing taste.
The sharp and delicious, Margarita is the best known tequila-based cocktail. To make it, you will need good tequila (I recommend AÃ±ejo, which is an aged variety with a rich and distinctive taste), Triple Sec liqueur (always keep some of it in your cocktail drawer alongside with wines, vodkas, flavoured liquors, chocolate, and other yummy goodies to indulge in during long autumn nights), and fresh limes or lemons (limes go better). A good rule of thumb is to mix 7 parts of tequila with 4 parts of Triple Sec and add at least 3 parts of lime juice. Enjoy your Margarita in a large cocktail glass with a salt rim around the edge, either blended with ice (a "frozen Margarita"), on the rocks, or just with some ice cubes added.
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3 The Mojito
The Mojito is a tropical cocktail that is extremely popular at sunny resorts and exotic vacation destinations around the world. On a cold and gloomy fall evening, mix strong Cuban or Philippine rum with sugar cane juice (brown sugar will go, too) and club soda, and finish with freshly squeezed lime juice and some mint sprigs. Pour the mixture into a tall glass with a few ice cubes, and pretend you are on Laguna Beach... If your Mojito is strong enough, it can really work! ;)
The Mojito is a classic cocktail that has been around for centuries and is an ideal drink for ladies. It's a refreshing and easy to make drink that is perfect for a hot summer day or a cold winter night. The Mojito is a combination of Cuban or Philippine rum, sugar cane juice or brown sugar, club soda, and freshly squeezed lime juice, all topped with a few sprigs of mint. It is best served with a few ice cubes in a tall glass.
The Mojito is a popular drink at resorts and vacation destinations around the world. It is a great way to add a tropical flair to any gathering. The Mojito has a light and refreshing taste that makes it an ideal choice for ladies who want to enjoy a cocktail without feeling overly full.
The Mojito is also a great choice for those looking to enjoy a low-calorie cocktail. The combination of rum, sugar, and lime juice is low in calories, so it won't add too many extra calories to your diet.
The Mojito is a great way to get creative with your cocktail. You can add a variety of flavors to the Mojito such as muddled fruit, different types of rum, and even a splash of sparkling wine.
4 The Pear Martini
The Pear Martini is a real delight and is one of my own favourite cocktails. Take about 2 oz. of a good quality pear vodka (Swedish Pear Absolut is the best), a splash of fresh grapefruit juice, and a squeeze of lime juice. Mix all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish your Pear Martini with lime peel and a slice of dried pear. Enjoy!
5 The Madera Eggnog
This hot and deliciously rich cocktail is ideal for chilly autumn or winter nights. Although it takes some time to prepare, the cozy taste of the Madera Eggnog is well worth the effort! In a saucepan, whisk together 1 egg, 2 tbs. of sugar and a cup of milk, and bring the mixture to a boil. Add 2 oz. each of Madeira and brandy; do not boil. When frothy, pour into a mug, sprinkle with grated nutmeg, and serve hot. It's the best! :)
6 Strawberry Daiquiri
The daiquiri is a very popular drink in many restaurants that can be made with many different flavors. Strawberry daiquiris are a hit during the Summer and can be made at home with non-alcohol mixes that can be found in the grocery store. They are so easy to make; just add rum, blend it up and you're ready to party!
The strawberry daiquiri is a classic summertime cocktail that is a favorite among many women. It is a delicious mix of rum, strawberry, and citrus flavors that can be blended together to make a refreshing and flavorful drink. It is a great choice for a ladies night out or a summer party.
The daiquiri is a very versatile drink that can be made in many different flavors and styles. For a traditional strawberry daiquiri, you can use fresh or frozen strawberries, lime juice, and white rum. You can also add a bit of sugar or simple syrup to sweeten it up. To make a non-alcoholic version, you can use a store-bought non-alcoholic mix, or just leave out the rum and use a bit of extra sugar or simple syrup.
Strawberry daiquiris are a great way to cool down and relax during the summer months. They can be served in a variety of ways, from a traditional glass to a frozen version. They can also be garnished with fresh fruit or even a sprig of mint.
7 Sea Breeze
When I turned 21, the Sea Breeze was one of my favorite drinks. I asked the bartender what was fruity and popular and in two shakes I was drinking a sweet, flavorful cocktail. What's great about this drink that most women love, is the calorie count at only 180, compared to drinks like the daiquiri and margarita that can add up to 300 calories! If you have cranberry and grapefruit juice in your fridge then you have half of this drink made already! Just add vodka and you're good to go.
The Sea Breeze is a classic cocktail that is perfect for ladies looking for a refreshing and fruity drink. It's a mix of cranberry and grapefruit juice, vodka, and sometimes a splash of lime juice. The drink has a sweet and tart flavor that's sure to please many palates. The Sea Breeze is a great choice for ladies looking to enjoy a cocktail without too many calories. With only 180 calories per serving, this drink is much lower in calories than a daiquiri or margarita, which can have up to 300 calories each.
The Sea Breeze is a great choice for ladies looking for a refreshing and light cocktail. It's easy to make and can be prepared in just a few minutes. All you need is cranberry and grapefruit juice, vodka, and a splash of lime juice. To make the drink, simply mix the cranberry and grapefruit juice together and pour it into a glass. Then add the vodka and a splash of lime juice. Stir the ingredients together and you have a delicious and refreshing cocktail.
If you're hosting a big party this cocktail is a great one to mix up that everyone will enjoy. You can serve Sangria right away, but if you really want to boost the flavor, have it sit overnight so the fruit wedges get a good soaking. For this recipe you'll need a bottle of red wine, a shot of brandy, 1 lemon cut into wedges, 1 orange cut into wedges, 2 tbsp of sugar, and 2 cups of ginger ale or club soda. You'll pour the wine in a pitcher, add the wedges after squeezing the juices from them, add in the brandy and sugar, and let it chill overnight. If serving right away you'll add in the ginger ale or club soda, though if you do let it chill, don't forget to add in this last ingredient before serving.
9 Malibu Bay Breeze
The Malibu Bay Breeze is another favorite drink of mine, it's fruity and easy to make just like the Sea Breeze cocktail. If you're in the mood for a good Summer drink then you'll love this cocktail too. Pick up some pineapple (2 ounces) and cranberry juice (2 ounces) plus some coconut rum (1 1/2 ounces), add to a glass of ice and enjoy!
The Malibu Bay Breeze is a refreshing and fruity cocktail perfect for summer days. It's easy to make and requires only a few ingredients. All you need is pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and coconut rum. You can also add some lime juice to give it a bit of zing. The Malibu Bay Breeze is a great way to cool off and relax on a hot day.
The pineapple juice and cranberry juice give the cocktail a sweet and tart flavor, while the coconut rum adds a hint of warmth. It's the perfect balance of sweet and sour. If you're looking for a fun and easy cocktail to serve at your next gathering, the Malibu Bay Breeze is a great choice. Not only is it delicious, but it looks beautiful in a glass.
The Malibu Bay Breeze is a great addition to any ladies' night. It's light and refreshing, and the perfect way to enjoy a summer evening. Whether you're having a few friends over or just want to relax on the porch, the Malibu Bay Breeze is the perfect cocktail to sip on. Plus, it's easy to make and doesn't require any special equipment. So, grab some ingredients and enjoy a Malibu Bay Breeze!
Are you looking for a thick and smooth cocktail that will compliment a slice of chocolate cake, then you need a mudslide! Take a 1/2 ounce of Kahlua, 1/2 ounce of Baileys Irish Cream, 1/2 ounce of vodka, and 1 ounce of milk, pour over ice, stir, and well you know rest! If you're vegan, use coconut milk and Jameson Irish Whiskey instead.
11 Pina Colada
Well this popular cocktail couldn't be any more perfect for a great Summer taste! If you love coconuts and pineapple juice then you'll really enjoy this fresh drink. For this recipe you'll need 2 oz of rum, 2 oz of pineapple juice, 1 1/2 oz of coconut cream, plus a pineapple wedge and cherry for garnish.
The Pina Colada is a popular and refreshing summer cocktail that is sure to please any lady looking for a sweet and fruity drink. This classic cocktail is made with 2 ounces of rum, 2 ounces of pineapple juice, and 1 and a half ounces of coconut cream. It can be garnished with a pineapple wedge and a cherry for a colorful and festive presentation.
This tropical drink is a great choice for a ladies night out or a backyard barbecue. The combination of the pineapple juice and coconut cream creates a creamy and flavorful drink that is sure to be a hit. The sweetness of the pineapple and coconut blend perfectly with the rum to create a delicious and refreshing cocktail.
The Pina Colada is not only a great tasting cocktail but it is also a healthy option. The pineapple juice is high in vitamins and minerals, while the coconut cream is a great source of healthy fats and fiber. This makes the Pina Colada a great choice for a night out or a special occasion.
12 Mint Julep
Mint is not just a popular color that is trending on the runway, it's also part of a popular Southern drink! To really make this cocktail pop use fresh mint leaves in the drink and extra leaves for garnish. Take the mint leaves from 4 sprigs, 2 sugar cubes, 2 1/2 oz of bourbon, and muddle the mint and sugar together, then add the bourbon and ice for a refreshing drink.
13 Irish Coffee
I made the mistake of ordering an Irish Coffee before I really knew what it was! If you really need a strong cocktail that will put some buzz into your day, then try this, "Wow this isn't just coffee" drink! Mix together 2 oz of Bailey's Irish Cream, 6 oz of hot coffee, and Irish Whiskey for a mid-day wake me up.
Irish Coffee is a popular cocktail for ladies, especially those looking for a strong drink to give them a mid-day boost. The cocktail is made with two ounces of Bailey’s Irish Cream, six ounces of hot coffee, and Irish Whiskey. When made correctly, the drink has a sweet, creamy flavor that is sure to please.
Irish Coffee is also a great way to enjoy the flavor of Irish Whiskey. The whiskey adds a bold flavor to the coffee and cream, making it a great choice for those looking for a strong drink. It is also an excellent way to enjoy the unique flavor of Bailey’s Irish Cream.
Irish Coffee is a great choice for a ladies night out, or for a special occasion. It is a great way to enjoy a strong drink without feeling overwhelmed. The drink can also be made with decaffeinated coffee, making it a great choice for those looking for a low-caffeine option.
14 The Mimosa
Sure this is seen as a brunch drink, but I love them any time! They're so delicious and easy to make that it's a no brainer that you'll want to drink them when you want them, not just in the morning. It's best to use equal parts champagne and orange juice, but make sure that you pour the champagne first and then the juice. Of course you can alter it depending on how much alcohol you plan on consuming.
The Mimosa is a classic cocktail that is often enjoyed at brunch, but can be enjoyed any time of the day. It is a simple and refreshing mix of equal parts champagne and orange juice, poured in that order. The Mimosa is a great option for ladies looking for a sophisticated and light drink.
This cocktail is easy to make and can be tailored to your needs. If you want a stronger drink, you can add more champagne, or if you want a lighter drink, you can add more orange juice. The Mimosa is also a great choice for those who prefer a non-alcoholic option, as it can be made without the champagne.
The Mimosa is a great choice for ladies who want to enjoy a refreshing cocktail. It is light and sophisticated, and can be tailored to fit your needs. Whether you are looking for a drink to enjoy at brunch or a light afternoon pick-me-up, the Mimosa is the perfect choice.
15 The Dirty Shirley
How much did you love Shirley Temples when you were a little girl? They were absolutely delicious and now you don't have to give them up! If you're craving something delicious, nostalgic, and that will give you a buzz this is the drink for you. All you need is 1 oz of vodka, 5-6 oz of Sprite, and just a dash of grenadine syrup. It'll be delicious and has a nice kick to it.
The Dirty Shirley is a delicious and nostalgic cocktail that is perfect for any special occasion. It is a twist on the classic Shirley Temple, which was popular among young girls in the past. This cocktail is made with 1 oz of vodka, 5-6 oz of Sprite, and a dash of grenadine syrup.
This cocktail is a great way to add a bit of a kick to your evening. The sweetness of the Sprite and grenadine syrup is balanced by the vodka, making it a flavorful and refreshing drink. It is perfect for a night out with friends or a special occasion.
The Dirty Shirley is a great option for ladies who want to enjoy a cocktail without feeling overwhelmed by the taste of alcohol. It is a light and refreshing drink that is easy to make and can be enjoyed by everyone.
The Dirty Shirley is a great way to add a bit of fun to any occasion. Whether you are hosting a birthday party or just want to enjoy a nice night out with friends, this cocktail is sure to be a hit. Not only is it a delicious and refreshing drink, but it also has a nice kick to it.
16 Apple Martini
I remember the first time I had one of these, I was shocked by how delicious and strong this drink was. What you'll need is 1.5 Oz Apple flavored vodka, 1 Oz Sour apple liqueur or apple flavored schnapps, Dash Midori, 1 Oz Pineapple juice, 1 Oz Apple juice, 8-10 Ice cubes, and a shaker. Pour all of the ingredients into your shaker and shake them together well. Once you've done that strain your drink into a glass and enjoy! Trust me, you'll enjoy it.
17 Nutty Apple Cocktail
This is the perfect Fall drink, but can be enjoyed at any time of the year! You'll need 1 ounce Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur, 1 ounce Butterscotch Schnapps, 1 ounce Kahlua Coffee Liqueur, 1/2 ounce 99 Apples Liqueur, 2 1/2 ounces International Delight French Vanilla Creamer, and ice. Mix your ingredients together in a glass and enjoy the delicious Fall flavor in your mouth any time of the year.
What are some of your favorite cocktails, did they make our list?
This article was written in collaboration with editor Lydia Sheehan and Only in a Woman's World.
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