12 Most Special Cocktails for 12 Special Occasions

12 Most Special Cocktails for 12 Special Occasions

I don’t know about you, but when I’m having people over for a special occasion, I LOVE having a signature cocktail to go along with the theme. Whether it’s a Halloween cocktail or a birthday cocktail, you can bet that I’ll be serving them up to anyone that walks through my door. Everyone knows the simple cocktails that you might order at a bar or a club, but I feel like the special occasion cocktails get placed on the backburner.

I’m here to share with you these 12 special cocktails and show you how simple they are to prepare. They will wow your guests and add a bit of something extra to your party, proving you to be the best host of them all. (Click the name of the drink to link to the website)

1. The Caketini

This cocktail is one that I’m quite familiar with as I just celebrated a birthday and I served this at my party, it was a hit! I substituted the cake for the caketini. Not only is it much easier to prepare than cake, but it’s a lot more fun! Mix 2 oz of Marshmallow flavored vodka (yes, you can buy this at your local liquor store) with 2 oz of cherry soda or red fruit juice. Combine in a shaker with ice, shake for about 30 seconds and drain into a martini glass. For an added touch, you can use frosting to rim the glass and dip it in sprinkles… just like cake!

2. Candy Cane

Candy Cane, need I say more? This cocktail is perfect if you’re hosting a Christmas party amongst your friends. Rim the cocktail glass by dipping it in Peppermint Schnapps and dipping it in crushed up candy cane. The cocktail consists of ¾ oz pf berry flavoured vodka, ¾ oz of peppermint schnapps, ¾ oz of white crème de cacao, ¼ oz of grenadine, soda water and half and half. Put the vodka, schnapps, crème de cacao and grenadine into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well. Then pour it into the glass you rimmed and fill with half and half, top with a splash of soda water.

3. The Shamrock

Every year at St. Patrick’s Day you know wherever you go is serving green beer. If you’re hosting people, chances are that’s the first drink you think of! The great news for those who are not fond of beer (regular or green) is that The Shamrock is a great alternative and is delicious. Mix 1 oz tequila, 1 oz melon liqueur, ½ oz of triple sec and a splash of orange juice with ice and shake in a cocktail shaker and garnish with either an orange or lime wedge (lime wedge if you’d like a more green themed cocktail).

4. Happy New Year

Why not bring in the new year in style with a beautiful cocktail in hand featuring none other but champagne. Your guests will be impressed by this cocktail thanks to it’s refreshing taste! Mix ¼ oz brandy, ¾ oz ruby port and ¾ oz of orange juice in a shaker and shake with ice. Strain it into a champagne flute and top with champagne!

5. Between The Sheets

When Valentine’s Day comes around, you want to spend it with your hunny — and well… let’s hope the night is a very romantic one. This cocktail is perfect to add a little pizzazz to your Valentine’s Day! All you need is 4-5 ice cubes, 1.25 oz brandy, 1 oz white run, 0.5 oz Cointreau, ¾ oz fresh lemon juice, 0.5 oz of simple syrup. Put all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, strain into a cocktail glass and share it with your special someone.

6. Easter Blue Cotton Tail

When the bunny rabbit comes around, why not trade out the chocolate for a beautiful blue cocktail? It’s like Easter candy for adults — what’s not to love? Grab 1.5 oz of vodka, 10 blueberries, 6 mint leaves, 3 lime wedges, 1.5 oz agave nectar and Zico coconut water. Muddle the lime, mint and blueberries. Add the agave and vodka, shake and pour all ingredients into a glass and top with coconut water. It’s totally refreshing!

7. Mother’s Day Magic

Breakfast in bed is always appreciated by our mom’s, but why not let mom sip a cocktail or two on her special day? Mother’s day is all about relaxation, so let’s start the day off right with a nice, warm drink to put the relaxation in full mode. All you need is a 2-inch long piece of lime zest, 4 dried cherries, 1 tsp raw sugar, 2 oz rye and 6 oz of boiling water. Combine all ingredients and top with boiling water, stir until the sugar is dissolved and serve to mom!

8. Canadian Rum Punch

For us Canucks up here in Canada, it’s somewhat of a tradition to have a few beverages on Canada Day (July 1). What better way than with a classic Canadian Rum Punch? 4 cups of water, 2 cups of sugar, 2 cups of Canadian Whisky, 2 cups rum, 2 cups lemon juice, 1 bag of ice. Heat water and sugar in a sauce pan until the sugar dissolves and let it cool. In a punch bowl, add other ingredients and add sugar mix at the end. Good, eh?

9. Strawberry Kiss

An engagement party is a perfect time in one’s life to gather your closest loved ones and have some cocktails to celebrate the happy time! Blend 1 oz white rum, 1 oz amaretto, 4 strawberries and 1 oz double cream with ice until smooth and garnish with a fresh strawberry to wow your guests and get the party going!

10. Hot & Nutty Whisky Sours

This warm beverage is perfect after a delicious turkey dinner at Thanksgiving. You need ¾ cup of Nocello, or another walnut flavoured liqueur, 1 ½ cups whiskey or bourbon, ¾ simple sugar, ¼ cup fresh lemon juice and 4 cinnamon sticks. Bring the liqueur, whiskey, simple sugar and lemon juice to a simmer in a medium sauce pan. Split it up between 4 mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick!

11. A Witch’s Potion

Whip up this spooky cocktail for your adult trick or treaters on Halloween! Mix 1.5 oz white tequila, 1.5 oz of fresh watermelon juice, 1 splash of Cointreau, 2 oz of water, 2 drops black food coloring. Use a lime to dampen the rim of the martini glass and rim it with red salt or sugar. Shake all ingredients in a shaker and strain into the glass, add a spooky garnish for an added touch.

12. Celebration Drink

Who says you need a special occasion to celebrate? Can’t every day be a celebration? For those days you just feel like celebrating mix 1 oz Cognac, 1 oz Cointreau, 1 oz lemon juice and 1.5 oz of rum in a shaker, shake it up and pour into a cocktail glass. Any Saturday will turn into a day of celebration!

What is your cocktail of choice? Have you had any of the ones I’ve listed? I’d love it if you’d share your favourite recipe with us!

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Sarah Ohm


Sarah Ohm is the author behind the blog My (Mostly) Healthy Life where she writes about her day to day struggles and achievements of living a healthy, balanced, fun life. In her day job, Sarah promotes Corporate Wellness through Canada’s largest fitness company, GoodLife Fitness. If she’s not in the gym, you can find her either at the mall, diving into a new book, whipping up a new recipe in the kitchen or sipping a cocktail while working on her writing!

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