Colorful Cocktails Are a Hot Food (and Design) Trend

Throw a colorful cocktail party with these vibrant, (naturally) colored drinks that may even be good for you.

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Natural Colored Cocktails

Natural Colored Cocktails

Learn how to make naturally colored cocktails.

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Sam Henderson

Make a statement at your next cocktail party with these cocktails infused with nature-sourced and trending ingredients. The colors are bold enough to bring a design-forward look to your next gathering. And punchy, memorable flavors make these cocktails extra-unique.

Black-as-Coal Margarita

Natural Colored Cocktails

Natural Colored Cocktails

Learn how to make naturally colored cocktails.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

It's hard to deny how hot charcoal is these days: an ingredient in everything from face masks to black hamburger buns. Bring this trending ingredient to your next cocktail party, or even better, throw a charcoal-is-cool all ebony dinner party with these cocktails as your festive starter.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce charcoal simple syrup
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 1 teaspoon triple sec or orange liqueur
  • coarse smoked salt for rim
  • lime wedge for garnish
Natural Colored Cocktails

Natural Colored Cocktails

Learn how to make naturally colored cocktails.

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Sam Henderson

Instructions:

1: Make charcoal simple syrup* by adding one cup sugar, one cup water, and one tablespoon natural activated charcoal to a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture just starts to boil and the sugar and powder are dissolved. Chill before using.

2: Moisten the rim of a chilled rocks glass and dip the rim in smoked salt.

3: Fill the glass with ice.

4: Add the remaining ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until ice cold. Strain the drink into the glass. Add a lime wedge for garnish.

Matcha Green Gimlet

Natural Colored Cocktails

Natural Colored Cocktails

Learn how to make naturally colored cocktails.

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Sam Henderson

What's not to love about matcha, finely ground green tea leaves in powder form with an intense, gorgeous green glow. When you make regular green tea, you are only infusing your water with the healthy properties of green tea and then throwing away the leaves, but matcha uses the entire tea leaf for maximum benefits. Like other antioxidants, matcha is said in some studies, to have disease-fighting health benefits. So why not infuse your cocktail with a little additional green goodness to counteract the tipsy?

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce matcha simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 2.5 ounces gin
  • 3 ounces sparkling water
Natural Colored Cocktails

Natural Colored Cocktails

Learn how to make naturally colored cocktails.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Instructions:

1: Make matcha simple syrup by adding one cup sugar, one cup water, and one tablespoon matcha powder to a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently until the mixture just starts to boil and the sugar and powder are dissolved. Chill before using.

2: Fill a chilled rocks glass with ice.

3: Add the remaining ingredients, except the sparkling water, to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until ice cold. Strain the drink into the glass.

4: Top off the glass with sparkling water.

Mango Turmeric Mojito

Natural Colored Cocktails

Natural Colored Cocktails

Learn how to make naturally colored cocktails.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Tumeric, a spice used in many East Indian curries and other delicious fare, is not only gorgeous, with a stunning, kicky gold color. It is also officially a foodie trend, mixed into smoothies, sprinkled onto breakfast bowls and the centerpiece of the whole golden milk moment as seen on social media. It has been said to help with all sorts of things, from memory to inflammation to heart disease. Plus it tastes great. Why not brighten up your cocktail cart by integrating it into a drink recipe?

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce turmeric simple syrup*
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 10 mint leaves muddled with a pinch of sugar
  • 2.5 ounces rum
  • 2 ounces mango juice
  • 3 ounces club soda
Natural Colored Cocktails

Natural Colored Cocktails

Learn how to make naturally colored cocktails.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Instructions:

1: Make turmeric simple syrup* by adding one cup sugar, one cup water, and one tablespoon turmeric to a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently until the mixture just starts to boil and the sugar and powder are dissolved. Chill before using.

2: Fill a chilled rocks glass with ice.

3: Muddle the mint leaves in the bottom of a shaker.

4: Add the remaining ingredients, except the club soda, to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until ice cold. Strain the drink into the glass.

5: Top off the drink with club soda. Garnish with mint leaves.

Ruby Red Greyhound

Natural Colored Cocktails

Natural Colored Cocktails

Learn how to make naturally colored cocktails.

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Sam Henderson

Beets. In our experience you either love them or you hate them. For those who not only enjoy their distinctive flavor but the ruby red pop of color they bring to salads, and even tie dye, try this beet-centric cocktail, a health-conscious take on the classic greyhound cocktail, said to originate in 1930, which combines grapefruit juice and gin or vodka (add salt to the rim, and you've got a salty dog).

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounces beet simple syrup*
  • 2.5 ounces vodka
  • 3 ounces ruby red grapefruit juice
Natural Colored Cocktails

Natural Colored Cocktails

Learn how to make naturally colored cocktails.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Instructions:

1: Make the beet simple syrup* by adding one cup sugar and one cup beet juice to a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently until the mixture just starts to boil and the sugar is dissolved. Chill before using.

2: Fill a chilled rocks glass with ice.

3: Add the ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until ice cold. Strain the drink into the glass. Garnish with grapefruit peel.

Natural Colored Cocktails

Natural Colored Cocktails

Learn how to make naturally colored cocktails.

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

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