Food & Drink

18 Cocktail Recipes to Try When You Want Something Fancier Than Your Usual Glass of Wine


Maybe you’re hosting a dinner party and need a signature cocktail to tie the whole menu together. Or maybe you just want to feel a little extra fancy while you sit outside to unwind after work. Either way, having a bougie cocktail to sip on can make whatever moment you’re savoring feel a little more special. Sure, these cocktail recipes require slightly more effort than uncorking the half-empty bottle of wine in your fridge and pouring yourself a glass. But hey—this summer, we’re prepared to romanticize our lives to the fullest extent, and if that means mixing up a fancy cocktail with fresh herbs and fruit juice on a random weeknight, we’re here for it. 

If you need some inspiration for how to put your bar cart to good use, look no further. These cocktail recipes are the perfect remedy when you want to mix up something a little extra special.


1. Cucumber Elderflower Gimlet


2. Aperol Margaritas


3. Limoncello Spritz


4. Strawberry Thyme Prosecco


5. Lavender Gin Sour Cocktail


6. Oaxacan Old Fashioned


7. Spicy Serrano Pineapple Margarita


8. Boozy Watermelon Granita


9. Gin and Tonic with Lemon Cordial and Rosemary


10. Fresh Peach Mojitos


11. Melon Whiskey Ginger


12. Bee’s Knees Cocktail


13. Rosewater Rosé Sangria


14. Ranch Water


15. Charred Cherry Whiskey Lemonade


16. Easy White Wine Spritzer


17. Basil Blueberry Margarita


18. Tropical White Wine Sangria