October 22, 2020

Cocktail Recipes For Hosting

I’m writing this post in October 2020, so for posterity’s sake I want to say that there is snow on the ground. In fact, we just had a record-setting October snowfall. If that doesn’t call for a drink, I don’t know what does. With holiday parties and gatherings (virtual or otherwise) right around the corner, I have cocktails on the mind. I put together some of my favorite drink recipes. Some of these will warm you up on a cold fall or winter night, and others are perfect for summer (or that summer feeling in the dead of winter). Whatever you’re looking for, I have the cocktail concoction for you.

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Cocktail Recipes

Apple Cider Cocktail

Apple cider is the official drink of fall, and this cocktail is a tasty switch from your favorite hard apple cider. I love the combination of fresh apples with the tartness of lime, and a splash of soda water gives it bubbles to really round out the drink. You’ll be drinking this one all fall and winter. Get the recipe.

Pimm’s Winter Punch

This twist on Pimm’s Cup, a classic British summer drink is a perfect option for a fall or winter party. Like the apple cider cocktail, it includes fresh apple. Throw in the sweetness of fresh pear, and you have a tasty drink that can be served in a punch bowl for a crowd. Get the recipe.

Champagne Cocktail

Nothing says “party” like a little bubbly. But you can kick your champagne toast up a notch with this tasty cocktail. It includes a mix of gin and lemon that can be made ahead of time, so all you have to do is add the champagne when it’s time to serve. Get the recipe.

June Berry Syrup Martini

Juneberry Syrup Martini

This martini is made from my delicious Juneberry syrup. The sweet, juicy fruit ripens in summer so this is a great drink for summer patio nights, but you can also save the syrup all year so you can have a little taste of summer at your winter parties too. Get the recipe.

Watermelon Margarita

An ice cold margarita is, of course, great for a hot day, and watermelon is a quintessential summer flavor, so this is another warm weather drink. I usually think of warm weather happy hours with a drink like this, but it’s also great for a tropical themed party any time of year. Get the recipe.


Mocktails are a wonderful option for those who abstain from drinking alcohol. Having a fun, tasty drink in your hand to sip while enjoying time with family and friends is for everyone, and it’s really easy to make tasty drinks that are alcohol free. I put together a list of my favorite mocktails, so you can choose your favorite. Get the recipes.

Peach Rum Drink With Habanero

There’s a lot of heat in this drink. From the Twisted Shrubs habanero shrub to the Skallven Distillery peach rum, this cocktail will give you and your guests a jolt. I like it as a warming drink during the winter to remind me of a warm, sunny beach, but you can also drink this one at a pool party or on the beach itself if you like a little spice with your summer weather. Get the recipe.

Skaalvenn Rum, Twisted Shrub and Orange Juice

Bonus Minneapple Mule Recipe

  • 1 ounce Apple Ginger shrub
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 2-3 ounces ginger ale
  • Lime wedge, garnish