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Dinner Party Cocktail Ideas

October 19, 2020

Dinner Party Cocktail Ideas

A dinner party isn’t complete without something to drink. Although the food is usually the main attraction, guests also love to socialise with a tasty beverage. Drinks House 247 believe that cocktails are perfect for getting the party started and stirring up conversation. 

We recommend making one as a pre-dinner drink, which is an ideal way to help your guests feel comfortable and prepare themselves for the evening. Plus, it gives you the perfect opportunity to show off your cocktail making skills. 

Here are our 5 dinner party cocktail ideas that you can impress your guests with.

1. Cucumber Martini

A refreshing twist on the classic Martini, this sophisticated cocktail switches its traditional olive garnish for cucumber slices. Our ingredients serve two people.

Ingredients:

150mlgin

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

Method

  1. Chill two Martini glasses
  2. Place all ingredients, except the cucumber ribbons, into a cocktail shaker or jug, with ice
  3. Stir well to ensure that all of the ingredients are combined
  4. Strain the liquid into your Martini glasses
  5. Garnish with the cucumber ribbons, bunching them up and threading them onto a cocktail stick

2. Amaretto Fizz

A quick, simple cocktail to accompany your dinner party appetisers, containing sweet almond liqueur and sparkling wine. Our ingredients serve two people.

Ingredients

300ml of sparkling wine

120mlorange juice

80 mlDisaronno

Strips of orange zest

Method

  1. Mix the Disaronno, orange juice and sparkling wine in a jug and mix
  2. Pour into glasses, garnishing with a strip of orange zest

3. Aperol Spritz

The bitter orange flavour of this cocktail is perfect as a fruit appetiser or served with olives or a flavourful roasted lamb. Our ingredients serve two people.

Ingredients

150mlprosecco

100mlAperol

Soda water (optional)

Ice cubes

Method

  1. Place a few ice cubes into glasses
  2. Add a 50ml measure of Aperol to each glass
  3. Divide the prosecco evenly between the glasses
  4. Top up with soda water, if preferred

4. Strawberry Mojito

A fun, fruity take on the beloved mojito, the fresh juicy strawberries are ideal for a summer dinner party. Our ingredients serve two people.

Ingredients

100mlwhite rum

2 dashes of soda water

4 tbsp caster sugar

6 slices of strawberry

4 wedges of lime

2 sprig of mint

Method

  1. Press the sugar, strawberries and lime wedges against the side of a glass
  2. Repeat the previous step, adding mint to the ingredients
  3. Put ice into the glass and pour in white rum and soda
  4. Stir with a spoon, and garnish with mint

5. Sweet Manhattan

This perfectly sweet cocktail with maraschino cherries and lemon is made for whisky lovers. Our ingredients serve two people.

Ingredients

100mlbourbon whisky

50ml rosso vermouth

10ml syrup from a jar of maraschino cherries

4 dashes of Angostura bitters

Ice cubes

2 Maraschino cherries

Lemon twist

Method

  1. Stir all of the ingredients with ice into a mixing glass
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass
  3. Serve with a garnish of maraschino cherries, and a twist of lemon

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