6 cocktail recipes that will blow your standard cranberry vodka away

Our team is dedicated to finding and telling you more about the products and deals we love. If you love them too and decide to purchase through the links below, we may receive a commission. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

Whether you’re pregaming the real party or enjoying a drink with dinner, skip the one-shot-one-mixer combo. No shame to Jack and Coke or cranberry vodka, but they’ve got nothing on these cocktail recipes.

Admittedly, the most annoying part of making good cocktails at home is buying all of the ingredients. One glass can pack in a lost list of tonics, fruit, booze and more. However, the ingredients for most of these cocktails are at your local grocery store or liquor store — no specialty shops required. And every single one of these recipes is worth making the special trip out.

It couldn’t hurt to get a good cocktail shaker set, too. Think of it as a small investment into adulthood — or at least into your bar cart. You can get a 14-piece cocktail shaker and barware set for less than $50 on Amazon, with everything you’ll ever need.

14-Piece Cocktail Shaker And Barware Set, $29.99 (Orig. $49.99)

Credit: Amazon

However, you can always skip the barware all together if you’re not quite ready to commit to full-fledged cocktails. Just make sure you have a solid shot glass for measuring, maybe a pitcher, a long spoon for stirring and definitely some ice cubes.

Go on now! Try one of these cocktail recipes and kick off the weekend, celebrate a win at work or sip with friends, just because.

1. Spicy Cucumber Margarita

Credit: In The Know

These spicy cucumber margaritas are refreshing, yet have a kick from the added jalapeños. They taste extra special with a sweet chili-salted rim. Have one with chips and guacamole ASAP.

2. Blackberry Gimlet

Credit: In The Know

The gimlet is a classic cocktail made with lime juice and gin. It may be an old school favorite, but that doesn’t mean it can’t use a modern twist every once in a while. Try this version with muddled blackberries!

3. Lychee Martini

Credit: In The Know

This lychee martini is refreshing and tangy with fruity and floral notes. The lychee, native to Southern China, is the perfect cocktail fruit because it strikes a great balance between sweet and tart. Its taste is often described as a cross between a grape and a rose or a pear and watermelon. Lychees combined with St. Germaine and grenadine taste divine in this cocktail.

4. Chocolate Russian

Credit: In The Know

Indulge in the sweet, chocolatey goodness of this classic white Russian with a twist. The amaretto’s nutty almond flavor combined with the chocolate syrup, white chocolate liqueur and a kick of cinnamon will make you feel like you’re drinking dessert.

5. Strawberry Chamomile Paloma

Credit: In The Know

Celebrate warmer weather with this twist on the paloma cocktail. Mix strawberry, honey and chamomile tea to make one refreshing drink. It’s so easy to sip, you’ll forget there’s tequila in it.

6. Golden Peach Slushy

Credit: In The Knowo

This golden peach slushy is super simple, but elevated enough to impress guests — or, you know, your friends over Zoom. This bubbly, peachy beverage is the perfect easy-breezy, warm-weather drink to enjoy while longingly gazing out the window, longingly gazing on the balcony or longingly gazing in the garden. P.S. There’s sorbet in it.

If you liked this story, check out these 5 genius TikTok products you didn’t know you needed.

More from In The Know:

Model exposes ‘insane’ capabilities of editing app

I understand why over 18,000 Amazon reviewers love this touch desk lamp

TikTok loves this metal straw that folds into a keychain — and comes with a cleaning brush

12 tech gadgets that made my life so much easier during lockdown