30 Great Cocktail Recipes You Should Know

Here are all the great cocktail recipes you should know how to make, from the classic margarita to the frothy gin fizz to the French 75. Cheers!

Cocktail recipes

Here at A Couple Cooks, we think that cooking healthy food at home can be pretty simple. (In fact, we wrote a book about it.) And you know what else? Making cocktail recipes at home can be pretty simple, too. While it might seem intimidating, making a great cocktail is 100% accessible. As we’ve gone about our research, we’ve found that a signature drink adds infinitely more fun to any evening, from a dinner party to drinks on the patio.

Once we started learning how to make great cocktail recipes, well, we couldn’t stop! We’ve started a library of easy cocktail recipes that we’re always adding to. We can’t wait for you to give them a try! Below are the best of our best cocktail recipes: fun, fancy and everywhere in between! Scroll below the recipes for tips on how to become a semi-professional mixologist. Ready to get drinking?

And now…all the great cocktail recipes you should know!

Looking for more? Head to Gin CocktailsChampagne Cocktails, Bourbon Cocktails, Vodka Cocktails, Tequila Cocktails, St Germain Cocktails, Cranberry Cocktails, Sour Cocktails, Lemon Cocktails, Egg White Cocktails, Cointreau Drinks, or Frozen Alcoholic Drinks.

Even better: Start with these 15 classic cocktails everyone should try.

What you need to make great cocktail recipes at home

What do you need to make cocktail recipes at home? Well, here’s what we recommend: pick one of these recipes, then get the supplies that you need for that! Instead of outfitting your entire kitchen, start with just one drink and start building your tools from there. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Do I need a jigger? No. All our cocktail recipes are written in both ounces and tablespoons, so you can use a jigger, small measuring glass, or even a tablespoon.
  2. Do I need a juicer? To save your hands from cramping up, we’d recommend it. Here’s the citrus juicer we use.
  3. Do I need a cocktail shaker? A cocktail shaker is useful if you’re making a lot of cocktails. Here’s the cocktail shaker we use. Don’t want to buy one? Use a glass mason jar, fill it with ice, cover and shake!
  4. Do I need a muddler? Here’s the muddler we use. If you don’t want to buy one, use a wooden spoon instead. Here’s how to muddle mint!
  5. Do I need a channel knife? It helps in making cocktail garnishes like a lemon twist. But you can make a lemon twist with a knife!
  6. Do I need to buy simple syrup? Nope, you can make simple syrup at home or maple syrup is our preferred naturally sweet simple syrup substitute.

A few of our recipes use a blender, which we assume you have on hand. And in terms of alcohol: we suggest building out your liquor cabinet one bottle at time. Pick a recipe, then grab the alcohol required.

How to make clear ice

Step up your cocktail recipes…with clear ice!

One way to take your homemade cocktail recipes one step further? Make clear ice! This crystal clear ice looks beautiful and artisanal, like your cocktail was made at a fancy bar. You can make clear ice at home and it’s so easy! All you need is a small cooler and 24 hours, and your cocktails will look extra stunning. Here’s how to do it! Go to How to Make Clear Ice.

Whiskey sour

Easy Whiskey Sour

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


One of the easiest, best cocktail recipes to make at home? The whiskey sour! This recipe is naturally sweet and takes mere minutes to make. 



  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) whiskey
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce (1 1/2 tablespoons) pure maple syrup (or simple syrup)
  • Garnish: Orange peel and a cocktail cherry
  • Ice, for serving


  1. Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Fill with a handful of ice and shake until very cold.
  2. Strain the drink into a glass. Serve with ice, an orange peel and a cocktail cherry. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Cocktails
  • Cuisine: Cocktail

Keywords: Cocktail Recipes, Whiskey Sour, Easy Whiskey Sour, Fun Cocktails, Fancy Cocktails

Last updated: March 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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