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Published on June 21st, 2014 | by Becky Striepe


15 Cocktail Recipes to Make from Scratch

15 Cocktail Recipes to Make from Scratch

Ditch the mix and get creative at your next cocktail party! Here are some cocktail recipes that you can craft from scratch.

When you’re throwing a party or having a few friends over for drinks, it’s easy to grab a bottle of booze, a bottle of mix, and call it a day. But store-bought cocktail mixes often come in single-use plastic bottles full of artificial ingredients. Boo! Instead of relying on corn syrup-laden, artificially-colored mixes, craft your own from-scratch cocktails with the recipes below!

15 Cocktail Recipes to Make from Scratch

1. The Captain Earl – Tea-infused vodka and freshly squeezed naval orange juice are the stars of this yummy beverage.

2. Plum Tuckered Margarita – Plum-basil tequila is the base for this fruity take on a traditional margarita

3. Spring in a Glass – This is a sweet-and-spicy cocktail packed with Mandarin orange goodness.

4. Summer Night – Have you tried cucumber in a cocktail before? You are in for a TREAT!

5. Blood Orange Punch – You’re going to love this combination of orange, cherries, and homemade clove syrup.

6. Ruby Citrus Mojito – Ditch the neon green mojito mix and try this all natural version instead!

7. Sage-Blueberry Shrub – A shrub is a traditional vinegar cocktail, but there’s nothing ordinary about this herbed, berry-licious drink!

Cherry Vanilla Moonshine

8. Cherry-Vanilla Moonshine – Serve this infused booze on the rocks with a splash of cola, ginger ale, or root beer. YUM!

9. Fig, Vanilla Bean, and Cardamom Vodka – Try this on the rocks with a little seltzer water and a squeeze of lemon. You’re welcome!

10. Watermelon Agua Fresca Mimosas – Can you say SUMMER??

11. Strawberry Sgroppino – The base for this yummy summer cocktail is homemade lemon sorbet.

12. Margarita Ice Pops – Boozy pops with not artificial mixes!

13. Cilantro Mojito – Who says mojitos have to use mint? Mixing up the herbs is so much fun!

14. Passionfruit and Ginger Cocktail – A little sweet, a little zesty, a lot delicious!

15. Blood Orange Margarita – Vibrant blood oranges give this drink its rich color. Nothing artificial about it!

What’s your favorite from-scratch cocktail recipe? I’d love to hear yours in the comments!

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About the Author

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

5 Responses to 15 Cocktail Recipes to Make from Scratch

  1. Aeti Quette says:

    That’s an impressive list. Could you do one on mock-tails as well, for us teetotalers?

    • Thank you! There are actually quite a few on this list that would work well as a mocktail. The sage-blueberry shrub works well as a soda instead of a boozy drink, and there are some others where you can skip the alcohol as well.

  2. Jeanee Ledoux says:

    Thanks for featuring my blood orange punch, Becky!

  3. Shweta Bist says:

    Thanks for sharing these recipes . I would try once out of these which is easy to make

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