Cocktail Party Series: Four Classic Drinks

{American Flyer, Acapulco, Raspberry Daiquiri, Whiskey Sour}

For the final instalment of the Cocktail Party series, I’ve put together four classic cocktails that are simple to make and guaranteed to impress your guests.

It’s always nice to make a few different cocktails, but in reality this can be time consuming and tends to result in the party host spending most of the night mixing drinks instead of mingling with their guests. The whole point of making cocktails is to relax and have fun, so to make things easier, each of these four cocktails contain similar ingredients (lime or lemon juice, simple syrup/sugar + alcohol). The key is to prep your ingredients in advance, so that when it comes to serving the drinks, all you have to do is throw it all into a cocktail shaker and serve!


The first step is to make some simple syrup, by combiningย 1 cup of caster sugar with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer until all the sugar is dissolved and it’s really that simple – hence the name.

Then prep the rest of your ingredients – ย squeeze a few limes into a glass, fill an ice bucket with ice, slice some limes, lemons, mint and raspberries for the garnish, chill some glasses and lay everything out onto the surface where you plan on serving the drinks – ideally a fancy bar cart like the one below (someday I’ll actually have one of these…), otherwise a nice tray would do.

{Image via So Haute}

Now for the actual recipes, which are from my trusty Bar Book. First up, the American Flyer – a sparkly champagne cocktail, served in an elegant champagne flute.

American Flyer


1 and 1/2 ounces light rum

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

1/2 tsp sugar

3 – 5 ounces chilled champagne


Shake all ingredients except the champagne with ice and strain into the flute. Slowly top with champagne.


The next cocktail, the Acapulco, is creamy and fresh, served in an old-fashioned glass.



1 and 1/2 ounces light rum

1/2 ounce Cointreau

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

1 egg white (optional)

1/2 ounce simple syrup


Shake everything with ice and strain into a chilled glass over ice. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.


The third cocktail, and my personal favourite, is a raspberry daiquiri, served in a chilled martini glass. If you prefer the classic version, just omit the raspberry when shaking.

Raspberry Daiquiri


2 ounces light rum

1 ounce fresh lime juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

1-2 raspberries


Combine all the ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of lime and a raspberry.

{Raspberry Daiquiri}

The final cocktail is a classic whiskey sour – unfortunately I didn’t have any maraschino cherries to garnish mine with, so I had to make do with a slice of lemon.

Whiskey Sour


2 ounces bourbon (or blended whiskey)

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup


Shake all of the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled tumbler. Garnish with a slice of lemon or orange and a maraschino cherry. Drink up and enjoy!

What are your go-to drinks for a cocktail party?

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