20 Easy Cocktail Recipes

It may not be Friday just yet, but we are already dreaming about the weekend—and homemade cocktails. If you feel like getting cozy with a hot toddy, homemade margarita, classic sidecar, or brunch-worthy Bloody Mary, keep reading. We have SO many cocktail recipes in our archives—a roundup of our favorites is a must. *Clink*

Vodka Cocktails

We love a classic Moscow mule, but if you’re looking for something more you have to try this caramel apple version.

Do you ever crave ice cream when it’s really cold outside? (it’s currently snowing here.) Sometimes you just want a delicious, slushy drink—and this sweet and salty dog is just that.

It doesn’t get anymore #classic than this! Here’s how to make the best vodka martini. We also love this key lime version, snickerdoodle, and chocolate martini (with lots of chocolate syrup).

If you love peppermint, you have to make this peppermint White Russian (with a crushed candy cane rim)! Looking for a non-dairy version? We’ve got you covered.

Cosmopolitans feel very Sex and The City, don’t they? We’re completely into the idea of sipping on one of of these in front on the TV in our pajamas.

Tequila Cocktails (AKA Margaritas)

OK, we might as well admit it. We LOVE margaritas and our cocktail archive proves it. Haha. The most important thing to start with when making a margarita is the mix—and we really prefer the homemade kind. You only need three ingredients!

Here’s Elsie’s favorite margarita—it’s infused with orange and cranberry. SO good!! We’re big fans of this watermelon version, too.

If a frozen margarita sounds good, we have a few options. Fresh mango, spicy watermelon mezcal, avocado, and hibiscus are all winners in our book.

And, if you’ve never added a toasted coconut rim to a coconut margarita before … the time is now. 😉

Rum Cocktails

Might as well start with something fancy, right? Here’s the recipe for triple tiki rum punch and the link for that cute mug.

The best fresh (or frozen) daiquiri recipe from our favorite hometown bar, The Golden Girl Rum Club. Warm up with a cup of boozy hot chocolate. This version is non-dairy and sooo delicious.

If you’ve been searching for the best piña colada recipe, look no further. And you can serve it INSIDE the pineapple!

There’s nothing quite like a refreshing mojito—especially when you’re craving summer weather. And a patio! This raspberry version is also amazing.

If you love cinnamon and nutmeg, you have to try our spiced vanilla bean bushwacker. Hilarious name, but it’s such a treat.

We guarantee you’ve never had a mai tai like this one. Trust us, OK?

Whiskey Cocktails:

Our love for a good hot toddy is very strong. So much that we have several recipes we want you to try, like the one above (it’s made with hot honey), this apple cinnamon hot toddy, and our favorite one to enjoy around the holidays—cranberry.

We love a good whiskey sour, especially when it’s made with homemade sour mix. If you’re a peach fan, you’re going to go crazy over the recipe above—it’s a peach and basil whiskey sour!

Did someone say “boozy apple cider à la mode?” OK, just checking. 😉

Emma’s favorite old fashioned recipe is called “smoke and cinnamon” (you’ll see why!) and it’s so perfect for a cold snowy night.

Our favorite classic Manhattan cocktail with the best cherries ever.

A cocktail for dessert? Yes, please. Here’s the recipe for an incredible mint julep milkshake.

If you love a good whiskey sour but want something a little different, this version only has three ingredients: bourbon, lemon juice, and homemade honey syrup.

Elsie’s favorite fall cocktail is equal parts apple cider and whiskey lemonade. Yum!

You can see our full archive of cocktails here. If you are looking for mocktail options, we have plenty of those too! Cheers to you, friends. -The ABM team

  • this is not an easy decision to make -in order to stay sober..

  • Thank goodness for this post. I’ve been looking for a variety of drinks to try. They look so fancy & tasty.

    Carmen ☼

  • Mmmmm, so tempted by the bloody mary’s.


  • Will try to make them at home, thanks Emma and Elsie 🙂
    X Willemijn Sofie

  • mmmhmmm!!!

    My birthday is around the corner.. and I think we are going to be celebrating with the “blood orange lemon fizz” … your picture has me craving one already!!


  • i love this post!!
    and i will surely try a lot of drinks!!

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    xxx illa

  • You guys post the best cocktails! I can’t wait to make some of these. This post reminded me of a few that I pinned a while ago and forgot about- like that Cinnamon Sour! I NEED to make that. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

  • Wow – you just made my summer. These look wonderful. Going to try one or a few for my upcoming birthday party. xoxoxo


  • This post is perfect !
    We want we want !!

    thanks you for your great ideas…

  • All of these look so yummy and perfect for summer! Pinned some of them so I can check back when the weather is nicer 😉 Maya – Archistas

  • Yum! Bloody Mary’s are my fave!! I recently moved to India and I have to say the bloody Mary’s they make over here are seriously spicy!!


  • Oh my gosh. There’s so many! You are so awesome. It is now the perfect weather for cocktails… oh man, I am bookmarking this! 🙂

  • such a cool post – you have definitely inspired me to make cocktails soon!!


  • Amazing! must try some of these out!


  • Yum, will have to try some of these

    Carina xx

  • Great post! I’ll have to try some of these, especially the cucumber margarita. Okay, I’ll have to try them all 🙂


  • So many yummy cocktails to choose from!! 🙂

    Lulu xx


  • I could really go for a whiskey lemonade. Or some sangria… Mmmm… Maybe I’ll cut my work day short and start happy hour a little early on a patio somewhere 😉



  • So many great recipes! I especially like the idea of “infusing” the cocktails in a mason jar. Might have to try this out! 🙂

    Chase Miller
    The Smell of Summer – A Boutique Surf Lifestyle Blog

  • I’d like to order one of each please. Okay, maybe that’s a little excessive, but I honestly don’t know which one I like best. Hope you all have a great day.


  • all these cocktails look amazing!

  • wow! did you drink all of these? everything looks so yummy 🙂


  • This ost is perfect for me.. Because we have more celebrations this and next month so.. I need inspiration like that.


  • I love how you always pull together these posts, it is a great place to browse and choose your recipes! These all look so good!

    Juliette Laura

  • I wish I could make cocktails! They look so good

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  • Perfect, just in time to celebrate getting through finals week! Definitely rewarding myself with a mojito this weekend 🙂

  • fresh post, “ornately” cocktails!!!! 🙂


  • these drinks looks amaze balls!!!!!

  • Bloody mary’s are my favorite drink! It sounds delicious with a blood orange. I’ll have to give that one a try. 🙂

  • Wow, I am always inspired by your cocktail pictures, even if I always choose wine over cocktails. However, I do have quite a few dinner parties coming up and I’m going to attempt jazzy them up with some of your wonderful ideas. I just wish I could get my hands on some of those Kerr mason jars here, but I’m in Dubai. We do have Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel, so I’m on the look out! Luckily I do have some stripy straws. Summer sunshine in a glass x

  • So many gorgeous receipts ! thank you ! Thank you !

    XX Luba
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  • This post is just in time for the wine and cheese lingerie party I’m throwing for my sister before her wedding. Thank you!

  • love putting together some fun mixers for the weekend. this post is just in time! thanks for sharing this..xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  • that lemonade looks super good.
    I could really use one now!

    – Janine

  • They all look perfect! One for every occasion. 🙂


  • Wow! These all look so glamorous!
    Definitely think I’ll give some of these a go at a summer BBQ!
    Lovely photos 🙂
    Emily xx

  • Wow, tons of ideas for summer picnics! I’m currently looking for recipe for some natural, blue cocktail because our blue themed picnic in Central Park is approaching. Last year’s pink theme was wayyy easier… Blueberry cocktail maybe.

  • I cannot even handle how much I want a beach and one of those delicious beverages!! Come on Friday, hurry up.. we have some cocktails to make!

    Sara |www.late-afternoons.com|

  • this post is really cool, I have a party in my house this weekend and this post it’s help me a lot!! thanks


  • This is a great post – especially for me since I suck at cocktails! 🙂

  • I had the most delicious cocktail the other night. It was at this udon joint in Brooklyn and it was a margarita with cucumber puree and wasabi. SO. GOOD.

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