Up your cocktail game with easy upgrades like simple syrups, perfectly clear ice (who knew how important ice was to a good cocktail?) and one of these recipes for swanky cocktails to feature at your next soiree. From the standard martini to the seasonal eggnog or spiked cider, there's a cocktail that will please every one of your guests.
Cocktails can be swanky while still being simple. You only need four ingredients to make this classic drink, so you won't spend all night mixing drinks behind the bar and can mingle with your guests instead.
Raspberry Sorbetto Mimosa
Make a simple yet impressive-looking cocktail with a scoop of raspberry sorbet and some champagne. You can even let the kids in on the fun with a mocktail version of this raspberry sorbet mimosa (swap the champagne for sparkling fruit juice). You'll have drinks and desserts served up in one glass!
This vegan eggnog is so delicious you won't know it's lacking the trademark eggs. Add some spiced rum for a drink that is sure to be the hit of your party.
Belgian Ale Beer Eggnog
The beer-lover in your life will swoon for this Belgian ale beer eggnog. Spike your 'nog with Belgian Ale instead of spiced rum for an updated twist on the classic.
Gingerbread Hot Toddy
The holidays provide -- among other joys -- an excuse to have gingerbread-flavored anything before next holiday season. Give this seasonal favorite one last hurrah with this flavored hot toddy.
Ginger Beer Cocktails
Moscow Mules are delicious — there's no denying that — but you can make other cocktails with ginger beer, too. Try a Dead Man's Mule, El Diablo, or even a mocktail for the kids.
Transport your guests to a tropical location with a Mai-Tai. The key is orgeat, a simple syrup made from almonds and sugar.