14 Quick and Easy Cocktails

Make entertaining a cinch with simple cocktail recipes you can throw together in no time. Whether planning a summer fete or winter gathering, we have the right cocktail for your party.

Photo By: Evan Sklar

Cool Cucumber Cocktail

This gin concoction blends cucumber, a powerful antioxidant, with apple cider and cranberry juice for a healthy cocktail option.

Dirty Martini

This classic cocktail is just as popular today as it was during the swinging 60's. Perfect for any get-together — whether formal or casual — martinis are a year-round pleaser.

Fizzy Lizzy

This simple, fruity drink is a cross between a top-shelf margarita and a champagne cocktail. Black raspberry liqueur sweetens the tequila and orange cognac mixture, while fresh raspberries and raspberry sugar garnishes make it festive enough for any party.

The Michelada

Mexican beer joins with spicy sidekicks for a drink that's easy to make and a perfect complement to guacamole dip and nachos.

Gimlets

This classic cocktail is smooth, dry and just a little tart.

Taste of the Tropics Cocktail

This frozen Caribbean cocktail hails from sunny Anguilla and combines coconut, rum and pineapple juice for a tasty, fruity drink.

Mint Julep

A tasty treat for horse-racing aficionados or simply a gathering of friends. This Mint Julep is worthy of Kentucky gentry.

Urbanpolitan

A grittier, sassier version of the classic Cosmo, the Urbanpolitan is a combination of citrus vodkas, sour mix, cranberry juice and lime juice. Photo by Evan Sklar.

Ginger and Carrot Cocktail

The healing properties of ginger and carrot juice combine with vodka for a cocktail that's just what the doctor ordered.

Gilligan's Delight

Inspired by days spent on the beach, a la Gilligan's Island, bourbon is mixed with ginger-infused apple cider for an unexpected and fruity twist.

Sneaky Tequila

Not for the faint of heart, this cocktail has a smooth taste with a powerful punch, thanks to tequila, coconut rum and peach schnapps topped with pineapple and cranberry juices. Photo by Evan Sklar.

Danni's Orange Derby Cocktail

Celebrate by combining cold orange spice tea and orange juice with splashes of cranberry juice and lemon-lime soda. Garnished with coarse sugar and an orange slice, this drink is perfect for any occasion.

Frozen Waterberry Batida

Off to Brazil and the land of cachaca, a liquor made from distilled sugar-cane juice. This frozen cocktail tops the cachaca with strawberries and watermelon, the perfect fruity drink for your next spring or summer gathering.

Autumn Colors Cocktail

This drink's ruby-red hue comes from a combination of sweet iced tea and pomegranate liqueur and was designed to mirror autumn's crimson leaves. A shot of vodka gives the refreshing drink a kick.