Our 7 Favorite Cocktails to Make at Home

published Sep 7, 2023
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Negroni Sbagliato

Whip up this Italian cocktail once, and you’ll never need a recipe again — simply memorize equal parts Campari, sweet vermouth, and prosecco. Garnish with an orange peel twist if you’re feeling a little fancy.

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Paper Plane Cocktail
This modern classic is a balanced, refreshing combination of bourbon, Aperol, amaro, and lemon juice.
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Pitcher Frozen Margaritas

Nothing says party more than a frozen margarita, and this from-scratch recipe is better than what you’ll find at most bars. What makes it so special: You freeze citrus simple syrup in ice cube trays to replace the need for store-bought concentrate. (Any extra cubes would be right at home in a glass of gin and soda water.)

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Lemon Drop Martini

This sunny martini is essentially grown-up lemonade, and its simple ingredient list means you won’t even have to make a trip to the store. Sip it whenever you need a burst of sunshine — the sweet and sour flavor will perk you up.

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Shrub Punch

Looking for something zero-proof that’ll rival even the best boozy drink? This punch combines a tangy homemade shrub (vinegar flavored with fruit and sweetened with sugar) with a bottle of sparkling water. The shrub keeps in the fridge for months for easy last-minute mocktails.

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Rum Runner

We’d happily enjoy this tiki cocktail for the edible garnishes alone, but don’t sleep on its balanced blend of rum, fruit juices, and flavored liqueurs. Shake it up anytime you’re in need of an instant vacation.

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If the only daiquiri you’ve devoured is frozen and super-sweet, it’s time to try one served straight-up. Made with light rum, lime juice, and homemade simple syrup, this unfussy classic version will instantly win you over.

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