A great get-together requires tasty treats and delicious drinks. While beer and wine are fine, there is nothing like a great cocktail, so I’ve put together a few of my favourites for your next gathering.
Featured spirits include Baileys, Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla, Captain Morgan, Bulleit Bourbon, Wheatley Vodka, Crystal Head Aurora Vodka, Gordon’s Original G&T, Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka, and Beefeater Pink.
Baileys Coldbrew is satisfying, easy-to-make, and one of my favourite summer cocktails because it’s a bit zippy with a jolt of caffeine.
- 3.5 OZ. Baileys Original Irish Cream Liquor
- 3.5 oz Cold brew coffee
Add all the ingredients to a Collins glass and stir.
Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla Spritz
The Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla spritz is one of the most delicious, refreshing cocktails that feels like a taste of Europe. The spirit balances four botanicals perfectly–juniper, coriander, angelica and liquorice–making it delicious for a range of cocktails.
- 1.5 oz. Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla,
- 3 0z. Prosecco
- 1 oz. Soda water
- Orange wheel garnish
Add Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla, soda water, and prosecco to a slim wine glass. Add ice and garnish with an orange wheel.
Wheatley Vodka Moscow Mule
Wheatley Vodka is crisp and clean, with a hint of vanilla, adding a unique flavour profile to any cocktail. The vodka is especially delicious though in a Moscow Mule, one of the easiest, most enjoyable cocktails ever for any get together.
- 1.5oz Wheatley Vodka
- 200 ml Fever-Tree premium ginger beer
- lime wedges
Pour vodka in a copper mug with ice and top with Fever-Tree ginger beer and lime. Stir and enjoy.
Bulleit Mint Julep
Bulleit Bourbon is delicious in an old fashioned, but it’s especially phenomenal in a Bulleit Mint Julep. The bold, spicy bourbon is clean, smooth, and yet bold, and spicy, making for a perfect Mint Julep.
- 2 oz Bulleit Bourbon
- 0.5 oz simple syrup
- 10 mint leaves
- Crushed ice
- Mint sprig
- Julep cup or Rocks
Combine all ingredients in a julep cup, add crushed ice, and stir with a bar spoon. Then add more crushed ice, and garnish with a mint sprig.
Beefeater Pink Mimosa
Ready for a fresh take on the classic mimosa? Try it with Beefeater Pink gin for a little sweet, pink flavour.
- 1.5 oz Beefeater Pink
- 1 oz mixed berry puree
- 3 oz sparkling wine
Shake gin and puree with ice. Add sparkling wine to mixing glass. Stir and strain into a flute glass. Garnish with orange twist and a fresh strawberry.
Crystal Head Aurora Rose-Coloured Glasses
Crystal Head Aurora Vodka was crafted differently, using English wheat for a drier, bolder, and spicier vodka in a gorgeous, iridescent metallized finish bottle.
This simple, satisfying cocktail is reminiscent of a gin and tonic thanks to the robust flavours of the tonic and vodka.
- 1 1/2 oz Crystal Head Aurora Vodka
- 7 oz Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic
- Lime wedge
Pour Crystal Head Aurora Vodka and tonic in a tumbler with ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime.
Captain Morgan Peach Mule
Smooth and medium bodied, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum offers subtle notes of vanilla and caramel to give classic rum cocktails a distinctive, flavourful finish.
- 1 1/2 oz Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
- 1 slice jalapeno, plus 1 slice for garnish
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 oz peach nectar
- 3 oz ginger ale
- 1 peach slice, for garnish
In a Captain Morgan tankard glass, muddle the Jalapeno slice and lime juice. Add the spiced rum, peach nectar and ginger ale, then stir to combine.
Pacific Rim Caesar
Ready for a fresh take on the classic Canadian Caesar? Try it with Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka with pickle brine, soy sauce, and ginger powder.
- 1.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
- 5 oz. your favourite Caesar mix
- 0.5 oz. Worcestershire sauce
- Dash of: pickle brine, soy sauce, ginger powder
- Cajun spice
- Fresh cucumber
Pour ingredients in a tall glass with plenty of ice. Stir to combine ingredients, and then garnish with a celery stick and a squeeze of lime.
Gordon’s Gin Original G&T + Gordon’s Pink Gin
For the simplest cocktail ever, forget the mixing and try the new Gordon’s Original Gin & Tonic or Premium Pink Gin & Tonic. Just chill these refreshing G&Ts, and serve.