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Are you planning to serve cocktails at a party and are not sure where to start? Our biggest tip for a successful evening is to always keep it simple. Don’t try and do too many different cocktails. Settle on a few simple and straight forward to make options so that you don’t spend all your time being bartender rather than socialising with your guests.

Champagne cocktails are always a good start to welcome guests to a party and set up the atmosphere for a great time. Obviously, we would recommend that you invest in the best quality ingredients that you can afford. Champagne is generally the best to use in these cocktail recipes, however there are some very good quality alternatives which are much more friendly on the pocket – such as Brut Cava (from Spain), Prosecco from Italy or Blanquette de Limoux from Southern France. Many of these products are widely available as own label supermarket products – so definitely worth considering if you have a large number of guests to cater for and are working to a specific budget.

Disaronno Mimosa

Disaronno Mimosa The classic Buck’s Fizz made with champagne and orange juice – seems a bit on the dated side these days but we have a great alternative that you might like to try out instead. The Disaronno Mimosa is an elegant and simple mix of Disaronno and orange juice poured into a flute glass and topped up with chilled champagne. Party tip - you can mix the Disaronno and orange juice in a pitcher so that you can pour out a lot of servings one after the other and then simply top up with champagne.

Kir Royale

Kir Royale Another simple cocktail to make with champagne is the classic Kir Royale which is one measure of De Kuyper Crème de Cassis – a delicious blackcurrant flavoured liqueur - topped up with champagne.

Blu Fizz

Blu Fizz However for an intriguing twist on a classic recipe, instead of using Crème de Cassis, try substituting De Kuyper Blue Curaçao instead. Not only will your cocktail be an intriguing shade of blue, it will have the rich aroma and flavour of exotic orange curaçao fruits. This recipe is called Blu Fizz.

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Long simple serves are great for parties. The Blue Lagoon is a classic cocktail made with Russian Standard vodka, De Kuyper Blue Curaçao and topped up with lemonade. Built directly in the glass with each ingredient poured in one after the other, there is no shaking required – all you have to do is stir well. With its amazing vibrant blue colour it’s a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds!

Tia Breeze

Tia Breeze For even simpler party drinks – why not just mix a liqueur such as Disaronno with orange juice, ginger ale or cranberry juice for a long refreshing drink and add a wedge or slice of fruit as a garnish. Another new favourite recently discovered by the in-the-spirit is the Tia Breeze – a simple mix of 2 measures of Tia Maria topped up with cranberry juice with a squeeze of fresh lime. Not an obvious mix for Tia Maria which is a coffee flavour liqueur – but it really is totally delicious!

Don’t be embarrassed to offer non alcoholic cocktail options at a party! Non alcoholic cocktails are also sometimes referred to as “mocktails” and provide a great alternative for designated drivers or those party guests who choose not to consume alcohol who don’t want to feel out of place by repeatedly having “a boring old juice or cola”. In-the-spirit has a selection of non alcoholic cocktails in a wide range of flavours, we thought we would remind you of a couple which look stunning and taste fantastic too.

Grapefruit Mojito

Grapefruit Mojito Grapefruit Mojito – this looks as tempting as a classic Mojito cocktail – however there is no rum involved. Made substituting grapefruit juice for alcohol but balanced out by the addition of some honey, this is made by muddling mint in a tumbler glass with plenty of crushed ice.

Tangerine Dream

Tangerine Dream Tangerine Dream – this is a fabulously fruity non alcoholic cocktail made from grapefruit juice orange juice, lemon juice and a large dash of De Kuyper Grenadine. All the juices are shaken together and the sweet pomegranate flavour of the Grenadine gives an additional splash of colour and flavour.

Last but not least – please do enjoy all our recommended cocktail recipes responsibly and have a great party!

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