The Best Cocktail Recipes from The Kitchen

Celebrate cocktail hour with these go-to drink recipes.

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Rum Punch

Instead of pouring single drinks for a crowd, set up a bowl of GZ's punch. The addition of watermelon puree (marinated in Grand Marnier) will wow family and friends.

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Pumpkin Flip

Part dessert and part drink, this bourbon-spiked cocktail is rounded out with fragrant spices and even spoonfuls of pumpkin puree and caramel, so it's full of sweet and seasonal flavors.

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Rumbarb

You might love rhubarb in your pies, but follow GZ's lead and use it to make cocktails, too. He boils it down in a sweet syrup, then pairs it with a splash of pomegranate juice and two kinds of rum. 

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Unencumbered

Combine cucumber juice and vodka for a drink that's both boozy and refreshing. 

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Tequila Sunrise

The splash of grenadine adds both flavor and a sunrise-like color to this tequila-orange juice cocktail.

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Flaming Lime Drop

These fiery drinks will impress your guests at your next soiree. The caramelized sugar cube gives these boozy shots a touch of welcome sweetness.

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Strawberry Ginger Daiquiri

Adding a tablespoon of ginger gives this sweet frozen drink an unexpected bite. 

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White Wine Spritzer

The classic combo of white wine and club soda is both light and refreshing.  

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Smokin’ Lemon

Using charred lemons and a smoky Scotch in this cocktail lends a warmth to the drink, while Prosecco and simple syrup help to brighten and sweeten it. 

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Perfect Gin and Tonic

It doesn’t get simpler than a classic gin and tonic, and GZ's recipe delivers tried-and-true results every time.

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Pina Perfected

Geoffrey brightens up this tequila-based pineapple drink with sprigs of fresh rosemary and a splash of bubbly Prosecco. 

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Whiskey-Stout Chocolate Ice Cream Float

The natural chocolatey flavor in stout pairs well with the rich chocolate ice cream in this cooling sipper.

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Classic Whiskey Sour

Aerated egg whites add lightness and serve to balance the tart lemon juice and strong whiskey notes in this classic cocktail.  

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Mango-Raspberry Margarita Float

Tequila, fruity sorbet and lemon-lime soda are the only ingredients you need to make this frozen margarita. Bonus: no blender required. 

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Beergarita

Why choose between a beer and a margarita when you can have both? Geoffrey mixes tequila, agave nectar and fresh lime juice to make the “’rita” base of this cocktail, before adding a refreshing Mexican beer to the mix.

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Burnt Alaska

For a boozy twist on this classic creamy dessert, Geoffrey mixes rum and sherry with rocky road ice cream for an adults-only treat. 

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Sparkling Peach Tea

Geoffrey upgrades the classic Bellini by using pureed peaches as the base, and then tops the fruity blend with Prosecco for a fizzy finish.  

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Classic Manhattan Cocktail

Geoffrey jazzes up this classic cocktail with a splash of absinthe for a drink that Jeff Mauro says “tastes like New York City.”

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Kitchen Sink Cocktail

Use a little of nearly all the clear liquors in your cabinet to make this easy cocktail. Simple syrup adds welcome sweetness, while a splash of lemon-lime soda and a lime wedge brighten up the boozy drink. 

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Gold Rush Cocktail

The combination of sweet honey syrup, lemon juice and fresh mint brightens up Geoffrey’s light bourbon cocktail.

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Appletini

Step back, neon-green appletinis — Geoffrey’s got a fresher twist on this cocktail. The natural sweetness of apple cider perfectly complements applejack brandy, and topping the cocktail with an apple slice adds a fruity finish.  

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Bonfire

A shaken egg white adds a rich, frothy texture to Geoffrey's lemon-scented mescal cocktail, while ground cinnamon and nutmeg offer warm flavors.

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Red Sangria

This colorful sipper is ideal for entertaining, as you can make a big-batch pitcher ahead of time and let guests help themselves to it all night long. Geoffrey adds a splash of sparkling wine — cava — to the cherry-studded sangria for a bubbly finish.

Get the Recipe: GZ's Red Sangria

Bloody Bull Cocktail

For a twist on a classic Bloody Mary, Geoffrey adds tequila, clam juice and horseradish to the classic tomato juice, olive brine and Worcestershire mixture.

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Katie’s Twisted Tea

Mint-lemonade ice cubes keep this spiked sweet tea cool without diluting it when they melt.

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Bourbon Smash

Do as the name suggests and smash the flavors of the lemons, mint and simple syrup together by grinding them in a pestle, then add the bourbon for a bright, refreshing cocktail.

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Watermelon-Cosmo Punch

Ideal for summertime sipping, this fruity cocktail lets the fresh taste of watermelon puree shine.

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Southside Cocktail

Made with only a handful of ingredients, Geoffrey's impressive-looking gin-lime cocktail comes together quickly in a cocktail shaker. Top with fresh mint for a fragrant garnish.

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Bloody Mary

For a next-level punch of flavor and subtle heat, Geoffrey adds a mixture of Worcestershire and Sriracha sauces to his tomato juice-based vodka cocktail.

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Grapefruit Margarita

The smoky flavor of chipotle powder-seasoned salt on the rim of the glass complements the bright flavor of grapefruit juice in Geoffrey's go-to margarita.

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Turbo

Start with a base of sweet black-currant liqueur, then add hard cider and lager to create this five-minute cocktail. For an extra-special finish, float a blackberry-threaded rosemary sprig on top.

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The Lambs Cup

Made with a combination of vermouth, elderflower liqueur and gin, Geoffrey's five-minute cocktail boasts a light crimson color, thanks to a smashed raspberry.

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GZ Fizz

It's best to muddle the cucumber before you pour in the gin and lime juice, so that you release the cucumber's juices, which will complement the slight spice of the ginger beer.

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