A dinner party isn’t complete without something to drink, and although the food is usually the main attraction, guests also love to socialise with a tasty beverage, and cocktails are perfect for getting the party started and stirring up conversation. In fact, an aperitif, or pre-dinner drink, is an ideal way to help guests get comfortable and. prepare themselves for the delicious dishes ahead.
This gives you the perfect opportunity to show off your cocktail making skills. So if you fancy yourself something of a mixologist, here are five dinner party cocktail ideas to serve to your guests.
A refreshing twist on the classic martini, this sophisticated cocktail switches its traditional olive garnish for cucumber slices.
50ml sugar syrup
10 thin slices of cucumber plus four ribbons sliced with a vegetable peeler
1 tbsp dry vermouth
Large bunch of mint, stems removed
A quick, simple cocktail to accompany your dinner party appetisers, containing sweet almond liqueur and sparkling wine.
300ml of sparkling wine
Strips of orange zest
The bitter orange flavour of this cocktail is perfect with an olive, fresh fruit appetiser, or to accompany a flavourful roasted lamb dish.
Soda water (optional)
A fun, fruity take on the beloved mojito, the fresh juicy strawberries are ideal for a summer dinner party.
2 dash of soda water
4 tbsp caster sugar
6 slices of strawberry
4 wedges of lime
2 sprig of mint
This perfectly sweet cocktail with maraschino cherries and lemon is made for whisky lovers.
50ml rosso vermouth
10ml syrup from a jar of maraschino cherries
4 dashes of Angostura bitters
2 Maraschino cherries
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