Two Easy Party Cocktails

 Gin + GrapefruitParty cocktails are an art form all their own. They need to be easy to make in bulk (especially when you host more than 15-20 people!), they need to be easygoing flavors (something that won’t intimidate your guests who are new to cocktail-land), and being pretty never hurts! Pretty cocktails are easier to make. 

In the past, I’ve done a lot of punch bowls for parties (here + here + here), but there’s something about mixing drinks together that is a really fun party activity. For this reason, I normally plan a couple of quick cocktails we can make throughout the night. These are perfect for your non-drinking friends too because you can easily modify them into mocktails! 

If you’re letting guests mix their own drinks, set a couple shot glasses out for them to use to measure the liquor. The biggest mistake that people make when mixing cocktails at home is using way (wayyyy) too much liquor, making it undrinkable for most people. One shot will do it! 

Here are two easy drinks I made for our recent housewarming party. 

Gin + Grapefruit Gin + Grapefruit Gin and Grapefruit, serves one

Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruit Wedges
Rosemary sprigs 

Mix 1 ounce gin with grapefruit juice and garnish with a grapefruit wedge and rosemary sprig. To modify this drink into a mocktail, substitute tonic water or ginger beer for the gin.

Super simple and refreshing! 

Whiskey LemonadeWhiskey Lemonade Whiskey Lemonade, serves one

Honey sticks 
Lemon slices

Mix 1 ounce whiskey with lemonade and garnish with a lemon slice and honey stick. Cut the honey stick open at the bottom, so that as you stir, honey will sweeten the drink! 

To modify this drink into a mocktail, replace the whiskey with tonic water, ginger beer, or tea. 

Sweet and tart! 

Whiskey Lemonade Whiskey Lemonade I like to float the whiskey on top of the lemonade for a subtle ombre effect. 

Gin + Grapefruit Easy party cocktailsHere are a couple photos from our housewarming party! We had fun mixing our own drinks and showing our friends around our studio house. Easy cocktails for the win! xx. Elsie

Credits// Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Sarah Rhodes and Janae Hardy.

  • These look beautiful and sound delicious! I’ll have to add them to my list of fun party drinks. 🙂

  • These look SO tasty! I’m trying to find easy cocktail ideas for a party and these look perfect – thank you. 🙂

  • These drinks look amazing! Love the ombre lemonade, so cute and looks delish!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • OOohh I want those black and white stripe napkins! Where can I pick me up some of those?:D

  • Pretty cocktails are also easier to drink. HA! These are two really great ideas. I especially love the honey sticks. Genius!

  • I’m not the biggest fan of grapefruit, but I love whiskey lemonades! I’ve never tried it with a honey stick before, so I might have to pick some up soon. 🙂 My husband and I might have to try these this weekend.

  • These look so yum and the ombre effect..


  • I am looking to host a cocktail and cheese night and I know where I coming for the cocktail inspo! Lovely recipes x Bec x

  • Lovely! I want to come to your next party! 😉


  • These look amazing! I am hosting a holiday dinner party this year (and already planning the details…I have a problem) and these are definitely going into the ideas mix. Thanks!

  • The perfect Friday afternoon post! Those whiskey sours with the honey sticks are so frickin’ adorable, and I absolutely love incorporating fresh herbs into my cocktails. I’m pinning these puppies to my cocktail board!


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