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Top Rated Beverage Recipes

Serve up this ghostly cocktail at your next Halloween party. Rimming the beverage glass with black-tinted sugar makes it particularly ghoulish.Recipe courtesy of McCormick

Fresh pineapple and dandelion greens are the main ingredients of this grapefruit soda mocktail, spiced with a bit of ginger and turmeric.This recipe is courtesy of McCormick.

Make "lemonade" out of calamansi juice, blending it with blueberries, celery, vanilla and ginger for a lovely, tart drink served over shaved ice.This recipe is courtesy of McCormick.

You can simply dilute juice with water (or fizzy water) for a special occasion drink that won’t spike your kid’s blood sugar through the roof, but you can also puree whole fruit for a delicious drink without as many calories as your average smoothie and with the added fiber that juices omit.

This hot chocolate cocktail recipe features an actual grated chili chocolate bar. What could be better?This recipe is courtesy of William Grant & Son’s.

When you pour this recipe for grapefruit kombucha over the pea flower shaved ice, it goes from blue to purple, making for a refreshingly pretty mocktail.This recipe is courtesy of McCormick.

These are a Canadian specialty. The coconut in these cookies give the bars a great texture. You don't even have to turn on the oven for this one.

Drink recipes

This iconic fruity, boozy drink will transport you right to Bourbon Street.

Deck the halls with festive booze.

Yep, you can literally taste the rainbow.

Why choose between the two?

Fresh pineapple makes our piña colada extra tropical.

This cocktail is like a slice of watermelon in a glass.

These recipes are the easiest way to serve festive fall drinks for a crowd.

19 Healthy Cocktail Recipes That Still Taste Delicious

Cutting down on calories doesn't have to mean cutting out alcohol entirely.

Trying to cut back on the calories? Usually, when people want to shed some pesky pounds alcohol is the first thing they cut back on (looking at you dry January), but there are plenty of ways to stay on track with your goals and still enjoy a cocktail at the bar with friends. The key is scour the cocktail menu and opt for healthy choices like sticking to soda water mixers, clear, high proof spirits, and fresh fruits, herbs, honey or agave. Once you know what to look for it's easy to avoid cocktail's deadly "sugar trap", but the best way to know what's in your drink is for you to brush up on your mixologist skills and whip up some cocktails at home. We've selected 19 of the best health-conscious and easy-to-make recipes to enjoy that will satisfy your cocktail cravings without the extra calories.

6 oz Don Julio Reposado tequila
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 avocado (remove skin and pit)
Pinch of salt
Chili lime salt

Combine the tequila, lime juice, avocado, and salt into a blender with 2.5 cups of crushed ice. Blend until texture is smooth. Pour into a rocks glass rimmed with chili lime salt over ice. Garnish with cilantro and a lime.

2 oz gin
.25 oz elderflower liqeuer
.75 oz bianco vermouth
.75 oz lemon juice
4-5 slice of cucumber, quartered
1 egg white
Cucumber and lemon to zest

Slice your cucumber into quarters, add them along with the gin, elderflower liqueur, vermouth, and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker. Muddle the ingredients. Add the egg white and ice and shake until it's frothy. Double strain into a coup glass and let it settle. Zest lemon and cucumber on top for garnish.

3 grapefruits (juiced)
.75 oz lime
.75 oz agave
Thyme garnish

Light thyme on fire. Catch smoke in snifter glass and cover with a coaster. Add the grapefruit juice, lime, and agave to a cocktail shaker, and shake. Strain into the smoked glass and garnish with charred thyme.

Courtesy of Kristine Sorrano at Añejo

2 oz Wódka vodka
.75 oz HG Golden Roots syrup
1 oz pineapple juice
.5 oz lemon juice

Add ingredients to a shaker and whip shake, pour into vessel and garnish with a mint sprig.

Courtesy of WestEnd Kitchen & Bar at Hutton Hotel in Nashville

1.5 oz Milagro Silver
.5 oz agave nectar
1.5 oz fresh lime juice

Pour all ingredients into a Boston shaker. Shake and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Courtesy of Jaime Salas, National Milagro Ambassador

1 oz vodka (80 proof)
.75 oz OM Meyer Lemon & Ginger Liqueur
.5 oz lime juice
Ginger beer

Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled copper mug. Garnish with candied ginger on a cocktail pick.

1.5 ozcognac (80 proof)
.75 oz OM Coconut & Lychee liqueur
.75 oz lemon juice
Lychee for garnish.

Rim the outside a quarter inch of a cocktail glass with sugar. Set aside. Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into sugar-crusted glass. Serve with lychee on a cocktail pick.

1.5 oz vodka
.5 oz lemon juice
Lemon slice

Add your vodka and lemon juice with ice to your shaker. Shake. Pour over ice. Top with ice. Garnish with lemon.

1.5 oz Angel's Envy Port finished Bourbon
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz honey syrup
1 Dash absinthe
6-8 concord grapes (frozen)
1 thyme sprig
Soda water

Pour a splash of soda water over ice in a Collins glass. Add all ingredients, minus soda water, into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into glass and then add soda water. Garnish with frozen grapes.

Calorie Count: 90

2 oz scotch
Soda water
Lemon peel

Pour scotch over large cubes of ice. Top with soda water. Garnish with lemon peel.

Courtesy of Emily Arden Wells for Gastronomista.

2 oz whisky
1 oz apricot preserves
.5 oz lemon juice
Apricot slices

Combine the preserves, whisky and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake. Pour cocktail over ice. Garnish with apricot slice.

1 oz orange liqueur
1 oz pomegranate vodka
1 lime

Combine all in a shaker filled with ice. Shake thoroughly. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lime or pomegranate seeds.

Vermouth at your discretion
Wedge of lemon/orange

Pour vermouth over large cube of ice. Garnish with a citrusy peel of lemon or orange.

Courtesy of Emily Arden Wells for Gastronomista.

1 bunch of fresh mint
1 teaspoons powdered sugar (less calories than simple syrup)
Crushed ice
1.5 oz bourbon
1 tablespoon water

Shred mint and place with 1 tsp powdered sugar in bottom of glass. Muddle together. Add crushed ice generously, followed by bourbon, and water. Stir. Garnish with mint.

Courtesy of Jennifer Blumin and James Ramsey for Bon Apetit

3 oz prosecco
2 oz Aperol
Splash of soda
Orange slice

Pour Prosecco over ice. Add Aperol and a splash of soda. Garnish with orange.

.75 glass very chilled white wine
.75 glass very chilled club soda
Slice of Lime

Pour wine to fill half the glass. Add club soda. Garnish with lime on the rim.

Courtesy of Ree Drummond for Food Network

2 oz rum (80 proof)
1 handful mint leaves
Lime (halved)
Club soda
1 sprig mint, for garnish

Use a tall glass, first pour rum. Shred and break mint leaves before combining with rum. Juice half of the lime into beverage. Top with ice, fill with club soda and add a sprig of mint.

Courtesy of Maureen Petrosky, for Today

1 oz 80 proof vodka
2 oz orange juice
4 oz seltzer

Drop ice in 8 oz glass Combine vodka and orange juice. Fill remainder with seltzer.

Courtesy of Kelly Fitzpatrick for Greatist.

1 tsp pomegranate seeds
4 oz champagne
.5 tsp store bought pomegranate juice
1 tsp cassis

Drop the pomegranate seeds into a Champagne flute. Pour champagne into flute, add pomegranate juice and cassis.

Party drinks recipes

Celebrate in style with these fun party drinks. Our favourites include non-alcoholic drinks and boozy classics such as margaritas, martinis and sangria.

Mojito pitcher

Make a jug of refreshing mojitos to share, so you can spend more time with your guests. Try our three twists on this classic cocktail, too

Frozen margarita

Cool off this summer with our super-simple frozen margarita recipe. This refreshing tequila cocktail can be made in just five minutes in a blender

Coconut & pineapple cooler

Enjoy this crowd-pleasing tropical cocktail with coconut rum, gin and pineapple juice. It will sit happily in an ice bucket for several hours, ideal for summer barbecues

Shake-and-Go Recipes

These recipes below offer the easiest and quickest mixes. Just fill up your bottle with water, add the other ingredients, shake well, and go! Feel free to adjust the sweetness and saltiness to your liking or needs.

Short & Sweet

The most basic of the bunch, you can use this recipe on its own or as a base to get creative with your own concoction.

Lemon-Lime Delight

With a minute of preparation the night before, you can have a tasty sports drink base ready to roll when you are, says Bonci. &ldquoInfuse water with any fruit flavor you prefer by slicing the fruit into a pitcher of water and letting it sit overnight,&rdquo she says. Citrus fruits such as lemons and limes provide a refreshing flavor boost for any season.

Tropical Blend

  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup coconut water (good for extra potassium)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Taste of Honey

  • 3 ½ cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice

Maple Sports Drink

This easy-to-make, maple syrup-flavored recipe is delicious and settles well because it is not acidic, says recipe developer and author Nancy Clark, R.D. &ldquoWhen you are working out for more than an hour, enjoy this all-natural sports beverage to energize your workouts,&rdquo she says.

Pro Tip: Maple syrup is also a tasty alternative to energy gels. Put some in a small flask and take nips during extended exercise.

Jamaican Sorrel Drink Recipe

Sorrel is the most popular Jamaican holiday drink during the Christmas and New Year season. The hibiscus sabdariffa flowers, known as sorrel in Jamaica, are harvested in late November to early December. The dried flowers are used to make the drink. The drink has many health benefits including, controlling high cholesterol levels, managing high blood pressure, enhancing the functions of the liver and a high source of Vitamin C. It has now become a year-round drink in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

In some African countries the flowers are known as roselle or bissap. In Nigeria the drink is called zobo. Try my Jamaican Sorrel Drink Recipe.

  • 1 pound sorrel
  • 2-4 oz. ginger
  • 2 quarts water
  • sugar
  • wine (optional)
  • 8-12 pimento grains

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9 Starbucks Drinks You Can Recreate at Home

When you want Starbucks, you want Starbucks. Day after day, we find ourselves wandering into that comforting, good-smelling foyer, leaving with a drink in our hand and a smile on our face. Sure, we may have spent $7 on a latte, but that's a problem to tackle for another day. But other days, you can't get to that beloved mermaid logo: Maybe you overslept, maybe you don't want to play drive-thru roulette and risk sitting in a long line, or maybe you just can't afford it. So, if you're like me and currently facing one of those three options, nothing sounds better than being able to create one of the world's most exquisite creations from the comfort of your kitchen.

They say the world is your oyster, but in this case, the world is your coffee pot, your choice of milk alternative, some pumpkin spice seasoning (despite the fact it's not in season), and your handful of perfectly cubed ice. Ahead, I've listed nine of my favorite Starbucks copycat recipes, green straw not included. Get ready to sip back and enjoy, my little barista!

For this sweet-tart Persian pickle, whole heads of garlic are fermented in a vinegar solution until the cloves are very soft. Get the recipe for Torshi Seer » Romulo Yanes

Fenugreek, an aromatic dried herb, lends a distinctly floral flavor to hearty veal stew. Get the recipe for Veal and Kidney Bean Stew (Ghormeh Sabzi) » Joseph De Leo

Easy summer cocktail recipes

Here are our best summer cocktail recipes. From our refreshing frozen strawberry margaritas to our rum punch and pineapple whisky sour, there’s a recipe for every summer’s day. We also have an excellent collection of gin cocktail recipes and jug cocktails to try – perfect for get-togethers or lazy summer afternoons.

And if you’re after more in the way of classic concoctions, try our best ever cocktail recipes here.


Piña colada

Best drunk in the sun on holiday, piña coladas really are the bee's knees. Transport yourself to the tropics by recreating our perfect recipe at home.

Banana daiquiri

Transport yourself to a sunny beach with this fruity daiquiri cocktail, bursting with tropical and summery flavours including banana and white rum.

Zombie cocktail

For a fresh and fruity cocktail with plenty of kick, try this zombie cocktail mixing three types of rum with anise liqueur and Angostura.

Mai tai

If you’re feeling fruity, make this tropical cocktail made with two types of rum, orange curacao, almond syrup and lime juice. Perfect with a pineapple wedge.

Frozen margarita

Nothing quite says summer like a frozen margarita in a salt-crusted glass. This recipe only requires four ingredients, making it perfect for cocktail making without the fuss.


Lime juice, tequila and cointreau are all that is required to make our simple and delicious margarita. No self-respecting cocktail menu would be complete without this punchy, citrussy treat.

Take a look through our best ever margarita recipes for even more twists and variations.

Strawberry daiquiri

It's party time! Grab strawberries, rum, lime juice and ice, then blitz it all together for quick-as-you-like homemade cocktails that'll cool you right down.


Mojito fans in particular will love this light, zesty yet punchy cocktail, which is Brazil's national drink. A properly refreshing sip for a summer's day.

Bicicletta spritz

A sophisticated take on a classic cocktail, this recipe uses dry white wine (a light Italian variety) in place of the usual prosecco. Ideal for lazy summer afternoons, spent imagining you're on the continent.

Pineapple whisky sour

Pineapple juice adds a refreshing fruity twist to the classic whisky sour, as well as giving it a lighter edge. Try this recipe to see what we mean.

Virgin mojito

Who needs rum for a refreshing cocktail in the sun? Whip-up an alcohol-free mojito with fresh lime, mint leaves, apple juice and sparkling water. All the Cuban flavour, none of the hangover!

Apricot bellini

Blitz fresh apricots to make our summery take on a classic Italian prosecco cocktail.

Raspberry daiquiri

A classic with a twist, this bright-red concoction uses fresh raspberries, lots of lime juice and white rum. A fruity, refreshing cocktail that's perfect for summer.

Passion fruit caipirinha

A passion fruit twist on the punchy Brazilian cocktail. This is an ideal drink for those warm summer evenings.

Jamaican rum punch

This rum punch is packed with the tropical flavours of coconut, pineapple and lime. It's simple to make and can serve a crowd, meaning it's ideal for summer get-togethers.

Lagerita cocktail

This largertia takes the tequila from a classic margarita and combines it with beer. Make this quick and easy cocktail for a simple but refreshing drink this summer.

Classic sangria

Channel sunny holiday vibes with this classic Spanish tipple. Grab a bottle of light, dry red wine, some fruit, brandy and lemonade and create your own version of this refreshing punch.

Mezcal, pineapple and jalapeño smash

The smoky notes of the mezcal work wonderfully with the grilled pineapple and gentle heat from the chilli in this spicy drink, ideal for summer. It’s simple to make and can easily be made into a jug cocktail for a crowd. Find more of our jug cocktail recipes here.

Strawberry margarita slushies

Stay cool this summer with refreshing strawberry margarita slushies. These fruity drinks are super quick and easy to make, a perfect crowd-pleaser.

Rosé negroni sbagliato

We've taken a classic Italian cocktail and given it a summery twist, perfect for an easy aperitivo.

Iced tea sangria

Eke out the last of the warm weather with this easy-drinking wine cocktail. Packed with zesty lemons, juicy oranges and a touch of sweet honey.

Elderflower and raspberry mocktail bottles

Make a batch of these summery portable mocktails in just ten minutes and pop in your picnic hamper.

Mezcal paloma

Check out this quick and easy summer cocktail recipe with mezcal, zesty limes and sweet yet slightly bitter grapefruit juice. A paloma is usually made with tequila but using mezcal instead adds a lovely smoky edge to the drink.

Dark and stormy punch

Want an easy rum punch recipe? Check out this quick and easy summer cocktail punch with tropical pineapple, zesty limes and fiery ginger. We have more great rum cocktails over here.

Frozen peach margaritas

Nothing quite says summer like a frozen margarita and we've given it a fruity twist with this recipe for frozen peach margaritas. They're easy to make and perfect for a boozy dessert. We have more great summer dessert ideas here.

Kombucha mule

Raw, fermented tea may not sound particularly appealing, but that’s exactly what kombucha is and it works really well in summery cocktails like this refreshing kombucha mule.

Olive summer cup

This is our homemade version of Pimm's and it's the perfect drink for summer sipping. Plus, you probably already have the ingredients lurking in your cupboard.

10 Classic Vodka Cocktails That Will Match Any Mood

For when you want a drink that hardly tastes like vodka.

You can have your vodka two ways. The first way is bitterly cold, in a glass by itself, tasting unapologetically of vodka. The second way is in a mixed drink, only very, very faintly tasting like itself. That's the journey you've chosen for yourself today, and these are the cocktails that travel that ground best. Pick the one that suits your mood&mdashcontemplative (the Martini), high-spirited (the Moscow Mule), hungover (what else? the Bloody Mary)&mdashand gather your ingredients. Here's to the most basic and easy-drinking liquor.

The most popular vodka drink of the lot, with plenty of spicy ginger zing.

&bull 2 oz. vodka
&bull 1/2 oz. lime juice, freshly squeezed
&bull 6 oz. ginger beer

Squeeze lime juice into a copper mug (or a Collins glass) and drop in the spent shell. Add ice cubes, then pour in the vodka and fill with cold ginger beer. Serve with a stirring rod.

A bracingly sour, slightly sweet, purely refreshing jewel of a drink.

&bull 2 oz. vodka
&bull 1/2 oz. lime juice (fresh)
&bull 1/2 oz. simple syrup

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a lime wheel.

A well-proportioned classic that'll win over even the gin Martini purists.

&bull 3 oz. vodka
&bull 1/4 oz. dry vermouth

Stir the ingredients well with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or olives.

Salty like the sea, in a worryingly addictive kind of way.

&bull 2 oz. vodka
&bull 1/4 oz. extra dry vermouth
&bull 1/4 oz. olive juice
&bull olives

Combine the gin, vermouth, and olive juice in a mixing tin with ice. Stir well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with as many olives as you'd like on a toothpick.

A pared down version of the White Russian that's less reminiscent of a milkshake and more like an after-hours black-coffee replacement.

&bull 2 oz. vodka
&bull 1 oz. coffee liqueur

Stir ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice.

A drink that exemplifies the timeless marriage of vodka and orange juice.

&bull 1 part vodka
&bull 2 parts orange juice, freshly squeezed

Pour ingredients over ice in a glass. Stir, then garnish with an orange slice.

The vodka cran that grew up and got a real job with a house near the shore.

&bull 2 oz. vodka
&bull 2-3 oz. cranberry juice cocktail
&bull 1/2 oz. lime juice
&bull club soda

Pour vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice into a Collins glass over ice. Stir. Top with club soda, then garnish with a lime wedge.

A very good drink that's long overdue a cultural resurgence.

&bull 2 oz. vodka
&bull 1 oz. Cointreau
&bull 1 oz. cranberry juice
&bull 1 oz. Rose's lime juice

Shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, then garnish with lime.

An incredibly simple sipper to make, if grapefruit is your fruit of choice.

&bull 2 oz. vodka
&bull 4 oz. grapefruit juice

Add vodka and grapefuit juice to a glass over ice. Stir until mixed.

Like drinking a salad for breakfast. More or less.

The Mix (for one serving)

&bull 1/2 c. tomato juice
&bull 1/4 inch horseradish, chopped
&bull 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
&bull dash of celery seeds
&bull 4 dashes hot sauce (Tabasco, Tapatio, etc.)
&bull 1/2 lemon's juice, fresh squeezed
&bull 1/2 lime's juice, fresh squeezed
&bull dash of sea salt
&bull dash of black pepper
&bull 1 tbsp. vodka

The Drink
&bull 2 oz. vodka
&bull 6-8 oz. Bloody Mary mix

Blend tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire, and celery seeds until smooth. Add hot sauce, lemon juice, lime juice, salt, and pepper, then blend. Adjust the mix depending on how spicy, salty, or citrusy you like it. Add 1 tbsp. vodka to stabilize the mix and keep the juices fresh, then blend. Combine 6-8 oz. of the mix with 2 oz. of vodka into a glass with ice. Pour back and forth into another glass 3 or 4 times to mix. Garnish with a celery stalk and a lime.

Cola Cake Recipes and Desserts

One of the most popular ways to cook with Coca-Cola is to make moist and rich desserts! Anyone who's ever tried a slice of cake made with soda can attest to how yummy it is. From chocolate to carrot cake to the more unique flavor of tres leches, there are plenty of varieties of Coke cake recipes to choose from. Indulge your sweet tooth with one of the reader-favorite cola cake recipes below and you'll be hooked on this easy and fun baking technique for years to come!

What better place to start than with this Coca-Cola Fudge with Walnuts? This sweet treat is delicious as an after school snack or after dinner indulgence.

Who doesn't love a classic Coke float? This traditional dessert is perfect in the summer months, but we've been known to make them all year long. There's something about the bubbly soda and creamy vanilla ice cream that is just the best!

If you're a fan of Jello, then you've got to give this Coca-Cola dessert recipe a try. It's sweet and flavorful, with that cola flavor that we all know and love. Your friends and family will love this unique dessert!

These adorable cupcakes prove that sometimes classic is best. It doesn't get much more classic than chocolate and cherries, or cherries and Coke. So it just makes sense to combine them! We especially love the pretty pink frosting on these Coca-Cola cupcakes.

This delicious chocolate Coca-Cola cake is almost too indulgent to be allowed. You've got layers and layers of chocolate, topped with a fluffy whipped frosting (plus even more chocolate). What's not to love?

This classic Coca-Cola cake is the perfect snack or dessert to serve to your family. It's full of rich chocolate flavor, and it's so easy to make! We won't tell whether you enjoy it with a cold glass of milk or an icy sip of Coca-Cola. We think it would be amazing with either one.

This copycat recipe will inspire you to skip the restaurant! Try this delicious Coca-Cola recipe from Cracker Barrel, and embrace an evening of down home cooking and indulgence. The scoop of ice cream is optional, but we highly recommend it.

Do you like Coke in sweet recipes or savory recipes? Or would you rather just drink it? Let us know in the comments!