Looking for the perfect drink to top off your dinner party, but sick of the typical (and boring!) rum and coke? We’ve got three unique ways to add excitement to some classic cocktails that’ll have everyone impressed and entertained! Adding some flair to a drink can sound like an intimidating process, especially when you think the only option is incorporating something ridiculous like fire. There are so many innovative options out there that’ll make timeless drinks into something more than just tasty - they’ll be an experience for your guests, too!
Bombay Sapphire is a staple at most bars, but don’t take the easy way out and serve it over ice with some Sprite. There’s so much more potential for a fun cocktail that’ll be unforgettable, complete with smoke to really wow your guests! Bombay Sapphire featured a video that goes through the process step-by-step, and it’s not nearly as daunting as you’d think.
Use Unexpected Fresh Fruits!
Everyone’s seen a Pina Colada in a coconut, but chances are, your guests haven’t had a bloody mary shot in a cucumber. Use unexpected fruits that’ll intrigue everyone and surprise them with the delicious combos that they never would have thought of otherwise! Strawberry margarita cups are an easy spin on a classic fruity margarita and they add a little bit of summer flair to your party, no matter the time of year, and it’s super easy to make a bunch at once for any size group!
Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots via Drinked In
- 30 strawberries, cut and hulled
- a small box of strawberry flavor Jell-o
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 4 oz tequila, preferably a white brand
- 2 oz Cointreau or Trader Joe's Margarita Mix
- sliced lime
- sugar or salt
- Cut the bottom of the strawberry just enough so it can stand up straight. Make sure you don't cut too far up or else you will create a hole in the bottom of the strawberry, and the jello will seep out.
- Cut the top of the strawberry straight across, and then hull out the inside using a huller or melon baller. Try not to scoop too far down or you will hit the bottom and again create a hole for the jello to seep out.
- Add the boiling water to the jello packet and stir for 2 minutes to allow sugar to dissolve.
- Shake the Cointreau and tequila with ice then add the cold water. Add the cold mixture to the hot mixture and stir well.
- Using a funnel, slowly pour the jello into the hulled strawberries. Fill all the way to the top.
- Refrigerate the strawberries overnight.
- Before serving, rim the top of the strawberry with salt or sugar. You can do this by dipping your finger in water and then lining the top edge of the strawberry. Roll the top of the strawberry lightly in the salt or sugar. Top with a slice of lime, and enjoy!
If you’re feeling even more adventurous, check out this bloody mary recipe below!
Bloody Mariachi Cucumber Shots via Four St. James
- 1 lb fresh tomatoes
- 3/4 cup Texas tequila blanco
- Juice of two limes
- 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce (such as Yellowbird Sauce from Austin, TX)
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Pinch of cumin
- 3-4 large cucumbers, washed and peeled
- Salt for garnish
- Cilantro for garnish
- Puree tomatoes in a blender, press liquids through a sieve, discard solids, and reserve puree.
- In a large pitcher, combine tomato puree, tequila, lime juice, hot sauce, pepper, salt, and cumin. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use or at least one hour. Be sure to stir again before stirring.
- Slice a cucumber into 2-inch cylinders. Using a small paring knife, corer, or a small sharp spoon, start at one end of the cucumber cylinder and remove the core (leaving a bit at the very end) until the cucumber resembles a small cup. The walls of the cup should be thin, but not too thin, in order to hold more liquid. Dip the edges of each cup in spiced salt and fill with the chilled tomato mixture.
Rose Petal Sangria
Sangria is one of those drinks that’s always pretty, no matter how it’s presented. If you’re looking to add some flair to a batch but you aren’t sold on the smoke or fresh fruit, we have something even easier - just melt some rose petals into ice cubes! This DIY is the perfect way to add a little touch of glam to make an even more beautiful drink. The result is perfect for a girls’ night or outdoor wedding, and it’s beyond easy. For an even more stunning cocktail, try out a white sangria recipe, toss in some fresh and colorful fruit, and add the rose petal-filled ice cubes - your friends will be Instagramming them all night!