AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
Ah cocktails! I really do love them. Sweet, fun, colourful, delicious; the mere thought of sipping on a cold, mixed beverage brings back memories of summer parties, gorgeous dinners, fancy balls and special occasions. Whether you're planning a sophisticated soiree or a backyard bash, this incredible list of hen party cocktails (and mocktails) is your secret weapon to a drink station that EVERYONE will want a piece of!
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR COCKTAILS
I know your thirst for (cocktail recipe) knowledge is growing by the second. But this is important - trust me! You see, cocktails are more than just a delicious addition to your day. They can also be part of the overall theme, a special personalised touch for your guest of honour and so much more! To learn how to incorporate these awesome bevvies into your event in the best way possible, see below:
DIY OR PROFESSIONALLY MIXED?
DIY cocktail mixing stations can be a fun and interactive way for guests to quench their thirst. To set up, place recipes, spirits, mixers and garnishes on a table. Those in need of a refreshment can then help themselves, letting their creativity run wild! Alternatively, professional bar staff can be brought in to work their magic (they may even teach you a few cheeky mixing tricks whilst they're at it).
Note: Cocktail mixing can be a great hen party activity. Whether it's DIY (most delicious cocktail, as awarded by the bride, wins) or a mixology class with a professional - everyone is bound to enjoy making and, more importantly, downing their wicked creations!
Have a theme for your celebration? Why not serve a cocktail (or two) that fit in seamlessly with the look/feel you're going for? For example, if your theme is based on particular colours, such as blue, you might decide to offer blue lagoon cocktails. A pink event might feature Pink Lady cocktails. On the other hand, a James Bond themed celebration would suit martinis (shaken, not stirred!); and a Halloween themed Hens Party is best paired with more horrifying options (such as Witches Brew or Midnight Fog). A tropical celebration pina coladas, and a winter soiree some mulled wine.
MAKE IT PERSONAL
Rather than serving a range of different drinks, why not select one or two 'signature' cocktails for the affair.
For example, serve your best friend's favourite cocktail - the one she always goes for on a night out! This simple touch will show just how well you know the bride-to-be and just how much you want to make the day special for her.
The other option is creating a cocktail especially for the event itself. Give it a name and serve it all night long -just be sure to taste test prior to the big day (you want this to be a memorable refreshment... but for the right reasons!).
THE ULTIMATE LIST OF HEN PARTY COCKTAILS
APPLE OF MY RYE
RECIPE & IMAGE PROVIDED BY: 'MOBIUS DISTILLERY CO.'
Based on a Manhattan, this basic, stirred cocktail not only tastes amazing, but also looks the part (especially when served in a nice glass with a garnish)!
To make it easier for you to whip up a batch for a crowd, the team at Mobius Distillery Co have used 'parts' rather than 'mls' so that you can easily scale up the recipe using the same ratios. See below for ingredients and method:
1 Part Moreau Apple Pie Liqueur
1 Part Sweet Vermouth
2 Parts Rye Whiskey
1 Dash Orange bitters
Combine ingredients in mixing glass. Add ice, then stir well.
Strain into a chilled stemmed glass and enjoy!
APPLE PIE ICE-CREAM FLOAT
RECIPE & IMAGE PROVIDED BY: 'MOBIUS DISTILLERY CO.'
If it's got ice-cream in it, I'm keen. Incredibly easy to create and OH SO delicious, the Apple Pie Ice Cream Float is going to be a quick favourite of party goers! Follow the simple instructions below and enjoy:
Moreau Apple Pie Liqueur
Thick, creamy ice-cream
Drizzle Moreau over ice-cream to taste.
Add pieces of biscuit to garnish and dig in!
GREY GOOSE ESPRESSO MARTINI
RECIPE & IMAGE PROVIDED BY: GREY GOOSE VODKA
Espresso Martini - a staple at many a hen's night! Quick and super easy to whip up, this recipe is bound to be a favourite with party goers. See below for ingredients and method.
50ml Grey Goose Vodka
20ml Coffee Liqueur
Pinch of salt
3 Coffee beans to garnish
Add Grey Goose Vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur to a cocktail shaker.
Shake briskly and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with three coffee beans and enjoy!
MALFY GIN SOUR
RECIPE & IMAGE PROVIDED BY: VESPER BAR & BISTRO
Hen's parties are all about gathering your best friends and family for a celebration of romantic love, along with the sweet and sour moments of life... just like the Malfy Gin Sour!
INGREDIENTS (MAKES 2)
45ml Malfy Sicilian blood orange gin
300ml Egg white
15ml Lime juice
5ml Muscovado syrup
Garnish: orange peel
Combine ingredients in a shaker (can be dry shaken or wet shaken), and then double strain into a coupette or Nick&Nora glass. Garnish with an orange peel or with a few drops of orange bitter.
The blood orange gin adds a touch of sweetness whilst simultaneously letting the aromatic gin botanicals shine through. Natural sweetness can be counterbalanced by adding a touch of fresh lemon juice.
EASY DOES IT
If reading through these cocktail recipes has you feeling a bit overwhelmed, the team at Honeysuckle Distillery have you covered! Starting with a delicious, pre-mixed base - their bevvies can be enjoyed as is OR enhanced with one or two simple steps; making them a hassle free way to celebrate in style! See below for Honeysuckle Distillery's favourite flavour enhancing tips.
PARADISE GIN SPRITZ
The Paradise Gin Spritz combines the powerful sweet-sour flavour of blood orange with warming cinnamon to create a drink you won't want to put down. The flavours are twisted with gin and soda for a refreshing experience.
To bring out the blood orange, simply add a slice of citrus to your glass. If you're more swayed by the cinnamon, briefly flame a stick of cinnamon bark to release the flavour and nestle in your drink.
SPLENDID GIN CITRUS
There's nothing quite like yuzu - an exotic fruit which is much sought-after by those in the know. This drink is an adventure waiting to be explored.
Slice up some fresh citrus fruits and gently squeeze over ice in a tall glass. For an added effect, cut one more slice and create a small slit from one edge to the centre to sit on the glass rim.
For an even easier option, just serve over ice with a slide of ginger to spice up the yuzu.
TROPICAL VODKA CRUSH
Mango and coconut are a match made in paradise, so it made perfect sense for us to use this as a base for our Tropical Vodka Crush Spritz. We have blended these two lovebirds with vodka, soda and natural flavours to create an unforgettable drink.
To enhance the mango flavour, drizzle in a dash of mango puree and compliment it with a slice of lime. Alternatively, a scoop of passionfruit is always a delight, or turn things up a notch with a dash of rum.
RECIPES & IMAGES PROVIDED BY: 'HONEYSUCKLE DISTILLERY'
& FINALLY, A DELISH HEN PARTY MOCKTAIL!
ROSE LEMONADE MOCKTAIL
RECIPE & IMAGE PROVIDED BY: NAT OF 'THE MINDFUL MOCKTAIL'
If it's a mocktail you're after, The Mindful Mocktail's Rose Lemonade is bound to impress! Easy and fast to make, this pretty drink is perfect for a crowd (just increase the quantities below); and with it's pink colouring looks absolutely stunning in a pitcher (making it the perfect choice for hen parties and bridal showers alike!).
INGREDIENTS (MAKES 2)
100 ml water
1/2 tbsp Stevia (or your choice of sweetener)
1/3 cup edible dried rose petals
6 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Add water and sweetener to a small saucepan and dissolve over medium-high heat. If the water steams that's ok, just don't let it boil.
Turn heat to low, add rose petals and stir. Leave on low stirring occasionally until the colours fade from the petals – it will only take a few minutes. Strain and cool. This is your rose syrup.
Now place 2 tablespoons rose syrup and 3 tablespoons lemon juice into each glass. Add ice if you wish, and top with sparkling water. Adjust sweetness by adding a little more Stevia if desired.
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ENJOY TREATING YOUR BEST FRIEND & HER CREW TO SOME MOUTH-WATERING PARTY COCKTAILS!
Whether you go for a simple cocktail recipe, something a bit more complex, or even an edible alcoholic treat (hello, Apple Pie Ice Cream Float!), your party pals are going to remember the thought and effort that went into ensuring their thirst was quenched. So why not meet up with the bridesmaids, or even the bride-to-be herself, and have a cheeky cocktail creating day - where you can not only decide on the winning beverage (that will be served at the upcoming celebration), but you can also learn how to nail the recipe (because practice makes perfect after all, am I right?!).
If you have a hen party cocktail recipe (or mocktail recipe) that you would like to share, please comment below or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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