My 12 Favorite Cocktails

Are you planning a casual pool gathering or an elegant evening with cocktails & appetizers? Try these refreshing cocktail recipes!

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ChefBear Complete Meals - sparkling paloma
Serves
6

sparkling paloma

For the ultimate sweet & sour flavor, try my refreshing version of the classic Paloma cocktail! Adding sparkling water gives the drink a delightful effervescence. This recipe makes 6 servings, but you can always double it to offer everyone a refill.

ChefBear Complete Meals - sweet bourbon marmalade
Serves
4

sweet bourbon marmalade

Have you ever heard of people say they will “drink” their breakfast? This delightful cocktail lends familiar breakfast flavors, like tangy orange marmalade, honey, and a kiss of chocolate bitters. It melds into a boozy concoction that is ideal for brunch cocktails.

ChefBear Complete Meals - boozy arnold palmer
Serves
4

boozy arnold palmer

Here is a refreshing drink that combines the best of the American South: sweet tea & lemonade! A splash of vodka gives it just the right amount of kick. Use lemonade ice cubes and there will be no worries about watered-down cocktails!

ChefBear Complete Meals - whiskey sour
Serves
4

whiskey sour

When you combine bourbon, lemon juice, and a simple syrup you get pure nirvana. A whiskey sour is one of the best drinks to serve at your next cocktail party. Serve them with some crispy fish sticks made with panko breadcrumbs for a fantastic pairing.

ChefBear Complete Meals - the bitter rye
Serves
4

the bitter rye

If you revel in sweet & bitter flavored cocktails like I do, you will love this quick & easy recipe. The sublime citrusy bitterness of Campari is an ideal complement to the sweet, earthy high notes of vermouth. Mix them with rye whiskey and you have an elevated cocktail that your guests will enjoy.

ChefBear Complete Meals - cava spritzer
Serves
4

cava spritzer

For a refreshing after-dinner cocktail, try my version of a Spanish classic! Homemade ginger syrup gives the drink a peppery kick while the Fino Sherry lends subtle sweetness. Top it off with sparkling Cava and you have a festive drink for any occasion!

ChefBear Complete Meals - warsaw mule
Serves
4

warsaw mule

If you enjoy a classic Moscow mule, then you should try the delicious Warsaw version! Like its Russian counterpart, this Polish cocktail includes vodka, ginger beer & fresh lime juice. The Warsaw mule amps it up with a pleasant touch of Angostura bitters. Serve in copper cups or highball glasses.

ChefBear Complete Meals - classic aperol spritz
Serves
4

classic aperol spritz

For the perfect after-work aperitif, consider my version of this class Italian cocktail. The fizzy blend of soda and the sweet prosecco balance the delightful bitterness of the Aperol. You can make these drinks individually or serve as a pitcher cocktail.

ChefBear Complete Meals - traditional spanish sangria
Serves
1

traditional spanish sangria

Fruity Sangria is the perennial pitcher cocktail that is elegant enough for a special meal, yet it can be the perfect beverage for a backyard barbecue. Blend your favorite red wine with oranges, limes, green apples, strawberries and a spicy cinnamon stick. Sangria is as lovely as it is tasty!

ChefBear Complete Meals - french monaco
Serves
8

french monaco

When the French want a refreshing cocktail, they often whip up this classic beer cocktail. It has flavor notes of tangy pomegranate juice and fresh lemon with the sweetness of simple syrup. Add the hoppy goodness of a pale lager and you have a delightful drink that will please a crowd.

ChefBear Complete Meals - beer negroni
Serves
8

beer negroni

Discover the deliciously inviting world of beer forward cocktails with this refreshing recipe. It is a fusion between a classic Italian cocktail and the earthy flavors of a bitter American IPA. Serve this specialty drink with a hearty pizza or with finger foods. This is a perfect cocktail for the big game.

ChefBear Complete Meals - bulls eye cocktail
Serves
4

bulls eye cocktail

Take your taste buds on a trip south of the border with this classic Mexican beer cocktail. The refreshing blend of ginger ale and tart lime is an ideal complement to the hoppy lager. Whip up a pitcher in about 10 minutes and enjoy these delicious cocktails any time!