We're partnering with Hilton Garden Inn™ to help you bring hotel hospitality into your home with recipes that are perfect for sharing. Here, we're highlighting a few cocktails that would fit right in at your favorite bar, but can be easily mixed up in your kitchen.
I'll be the first to admit that while I love a good cocktail—from a frothy pisco sour to a briny dirty martini (with gin, of course)—I rarely ever make one at home. I'm not sure if it's the pressure of getting the proportions just right, or the fact that I've got a limited lineup of syrups, bitters, and spirits, but mixing drinks is usually something I like to leave to the professionals.
Unless I'm entertaining.
When I know guests are coming over, I suddenly feel the urge to shake (or stir) up at least one type of specialty cocktail for the occasion, in addition to beer and wine options. But what to make? I try to stick with recipes that look impressive but are actually pretty hard to mess up (and don't require a laundry list of hard-to-find tinctures and garnishes).
You might think that criteria would limit you to overdone combos like gin and tonic or cranberry vodka, or exclude some of your go-to orders, but you'd be wrong. In fact, some of the prettiest (and tastiest!) cocktails you'll find at the bar are actually the easiest to make, including all of the ones on this list.
From a smoky riff on the classic Michelada to a non-alcoholic orange and mint soda, these seven cocktails are sure to impress your guests, whether you're hosting a weekend brunch or special-occasion dinner.
1. Lemon Lavender Gin Rickey
2. Mezcal Michelada
3. Orange Ginger Mint Sodas
4. Rick Pick's Bloody Mary Mix
5. Cucumber-Fennel Fizz
6. The Desert Bird
7. Berry French 75
Whether you're hosting friends for a laidback brunch or whipping up a special-occasion breakfast for family, take your next celebration up a few notches with a festive cocktail. For inspiration, we're turning to our partner Hilton Garden Inn™, where you can always find a delicious, Instagram-ready drink waiting for you at the bar. From decked-out cheese boards to party-ready flatbreads, we're sharing our favorite entertaining-friendly recipes and tips from the hospitality experts at Hilton Garden Inn™.