Sometimes all you need is a nice and sweet cocktail and a few friends to make everything right.

Luckily, cocktails are easy to make and even easier to customize - a little too sweet? Ease up on the sugar. A little too stiff? A bit less gin. Little by little, you can make the perfect drink just for you.

But you need to know where to start: there are so many options out there it’s crazy. The good news is, there’s obviously that one perfect idea for you to fall in love with!

Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples

An elegant cocktail for the most demanding customer.
An elegant cocktail for the most demanding customer. Source: Food and Wine

A perfect balance between strong taste and sweetness, this is an elegant cocktail to please even the pickiest of tastes - it’s nearly impossible to resist. It could be a serious contender for your new favorite beverage of all time. You should try it! Here’s everything you need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, diced
  • One 750-milliliter bottle Spanish rosé
  • 1/3 cup ruby port
  • 1/3 cup Cointreau
  • 1/3 cup cranberry juice

Saint-Florent Cocktail

An easy-drinking cocktail to kickstart any party!
An easy-drinking cocktail to kick start any party! Source: Bon Appêtit

The Saint-Florent cocktail is a very easy drink, perfect to kickstart a party the right way. It has just the right sweetness and by making it less stiff than usual, it’s easy-going enough for everybody to enjoy. But you can dose how strong you want it to be with the right amount of gin. Get the full recipe here, but these are the ingredients:

  • ¼ cup clover honey
  • 1½ cups of gin
  • ¾ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup Aperol or Cappelletti
  • Angostura bitters
  • Champagne or sparkling wine
  • 8 lime wheels

Classic Bishop Cocktail

A simple and classic cocktail idea!
A simple and classic cocktail idea! Source: The Spruce

This recipe is a 1930s original! All you need are four ingredients:

  • any red wine
  • simple syrup
  • Rum
  • lime juice

Yep, it’s really that easy. A quick mix with the right amount of each ingredient (which is largely up to your personal taste) and voilá, it’s done! Found here.

A nice suggestion is using that red wine you bought and didn’t like all that much. Use it for this cocktail and it won’t go to waste!

Moscato Honey Cocktail

A simple cocktail with the perfect sweetener - honey!
A simple cocktail with the perfect sweetener - honey! Source: The Kitchen Is My Playground

Now here’s an exotic touch for you: a delicious mix of wine, lime, and… honey! It’s a sweet cocktail if we’ve ever had one - and it’s clear not many people have tasted it. Time to change that. Learn how to make it here!

  • ½ T. honey
  • ½ T. hot water
  • 2 teaspoon to 1 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 4 oz. Frontera Moscato

Ginger & Lemon Cocktail

A nice ginger & lemon cocktail to lighten up!
A nice ginger & lemon cocktail to lighten up! Source: Sugar and Charm

If you’re looking for a softer and less stiff idea, this is the perfect one for you! White wine mixes masterfully with lime - and ginger just adds that special touch! Recipe here:

  • 1 cup Apothic White
  • 1 ¼ ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce Pisco
  • 1-ounce ginger simple syrup

Don’t know how to make ginger simple syrup? Easy peasy:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped ginger

Simply boil the water with sugar for a few minutes and add ginger, then let it simmer for 10 minutes. Bring out of the heat and let it infuse for 20 minutes. Finally, strain the syrup through a sieve and put it in a bottle!

Maple Rummy

A quick and easy cocktail recipe your friends will enjoy!
A quick and easy cocktail recipe your friends will enjoy! Source: Barefoot Wine

A sweet and refreshing cocktail idea to warm the heart of guests! You just need four ingredients and your friends to feel the full effect of the Maple Rummy:

  • 3 ounces Barefoot Chardonnay
  • ½ ounce dark rum
  • ½ ounce maple syrup
  • 1/8 lime wedge

It’s known to loosen tongues and make people smile. Learn how to make it here!

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