Celebrate the big day to come with these bridal-shower batch drinks, punches and easy, elegant cocktails, including non-alcoholic options. From simple spiked lemonade to spritzers to fruitful sangria recipes, we’ve got lots of options that will entertain and delight.
An ordinary vodka martini is made extraordinary with the addition of lively Italian flavours, including Campari, honey, lemon and fresh basil. Delizioso!
Floral Absinthe Punch
Try this whimsical cocktail inspired by the movie Midnight in Paris! (Time travel not guaranteed).
Fancy Italian Cola
This cocktail is a fun twist on cola. Giada combines Amaro and ginger ale with a squeeze of lime. Serve on ice in a rocks glass, or pour into individual-sized glass soda bottles.
Take your tastebuds to the tropics with this sangria recipe from Bobby Flay. Rum, passion fruit nectar, citrus fruit and lemongrass are added to white wine to create a lively libation for your spring and summer entertaining.
Fresh Whiskey Sours
The whiskey sour is a classic cocktail that’s ready in just a few minutes. Take your favourite whiskey and shake it with lemon and lime juices, simple syrup and ice. Garnish with a cherry when serving.
Good Eats Company Punch
This spiced black tea punch from Alton Brown is both a refreshing cocktail, and a great way to show off your spirits savvy. Batavia arrack is a liquor with long history, and a precursor to rum.
Totally 80s Fuzzy Navel
Peach schnapps make a return in this cocktail throwback! Valerie makes her 80s-style fuzzy navel with schnapps, vodka, peach nectar and fresh orange juice.
The ever-popular cosmo is typically made with cranberry juice, but Ina switches that out for sweet pomegranate. Use good quality vodka and orange liqueur to really bring out the vibrant flavours.
Cranberry Basil Lemonade
No one will miss the booze thanks to the surprising heat of jalapeño in this lemonade recipe that was inspired by a Chopped Canada challenge. With cranberry, basil and jalapeño, this drink is the perfect blend of hot and cool flavours!
Muddled Mint, Strawberry, Ginger Beer and Orange Juice Spritzer
Serve a spritz of early summer with this delightful blend of mint, strawberries, spicy ginger beer and sweet orange juice, a refreshing and booze-free punch.
Make the most of the bridal shower with this fruity sangria recipe from Bobby Flay.
If you’re looking for a bright and bold beverage, Giada’s combines Aperol, vermouth, orange bitters and club soda in a punch that’s sure to impress.
To jazz up your spring and summer cocktails, try using some of that rhubarb bounty to make a delightful simple syrup. Valerie adds the syrup to elderflower liqueur and tops it with chilled Prosecco or club soda.
El Surfo Sangria
This tropical – and super boozy – twist on sangria is sure to get the fiesta started.
Perfect Iced Tea
This technique from Anna Olson brews an ice tea that has absolutely no bitter edge to it, a great option for guests who appreciate mature flavours, without the booze.
Sangria is always a good choice when entertaining, and Ina’s recipe is perfect for summer. She uses a mix of rose wine, Grand Marnier and brandy combined with macerated fruit and fruit juice in this show-stopping sipper.
Sweet ‘n Sour Tamarind Drink
This unusual – and unusually refreshing – treat from Roger Mooking is complex, sophisticated and alcohol-free.