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Pretty Zen Hen
April 16, 2021

Cocktails are such a fun way to impress your guests but they don’t need to be difficult. In fact, sometimes cocktails look much trickier to mix than they actually are… We have tracked down some easy DIY cocktail recipes from our favourite boozy businesses and foodie blogs. These drinks not only taste delish and look pretty but are super easy to prep and serve. Take your hens party catering up a notch and wow your guests by trying out one or two of the following ten easy DIY cocktail recipes.

Easy Espresso Martini

By A Beautiful Mess

You can’t go wrong with this crowd pleaser and pick me up!

Ingredients

2 shots espresso (about 45ml each)

60ml vodka

90ml Kahlua

Coffee beans for garnish

Method

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the espresso, vodka and Kahlua. Shake until chilled.
  2. Pour into two chilled glasses.
  3. Garnish with a few coffee beans. 
Woman holding easy DIY cocktail espresso martini at hens party.

Fairy Floss Champagne Cocktail

By Lauren Conrad

Sweet and simple, this is the ultimate Instagrammable girly cocktail.

Ingredients

Fairy floss

Champagne or sparkling wine

St Germain liqueur

Method

  1. Place a bit of fairy floss inside your glass.
  2. Add a splash of St Germain.
  3. Fill to the top with champagne
Glass filled with a pink champagne cocktail topped with pink fairy floss
Image credit – Lauren Conrad

Pink Lady

By Mister Bartender

We love this cocktail by our fav mobile bartender! Give this recipe a try if the budget doesn’t quite stretch to hiring your own personal bartender for the night!

Ingredients

60ml gin

25ml Cointreau

30ml sugar syrup*

30ml fresh lemon juice

30ml egg white

Method

  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker, seal shaker and shake vigorously.
  2. Open the shaker, then double strain into a coup cup.
  3. Garnish and voila!

* Simmer equal parts sugar and water to make sugar syrup, or use store bought.

Image credit – Mister Bartender

Fresh Peach Bellini

By Cookie & Kate

With only two ingredients, this cocktail is the definition of easy!

Ingredients

4 medium ripe peaches

1 bottle prosecco, chilled

Method

  1. First, make the peach purée: Peel your peaches, slice them in half, and remove the pits. Place the halved peaches in a blender or food processor, and blend until the purée is completely smooth. Peach purée is best served chilled, so place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to cool.
  2. When you’re ready to serve, pour ¼ cup chilled peach purée into a Champagne flute. Pour in some chilled Prosecco, being careful not to overflow the glass. Gently stir with a spoon to combine.
  3. Top off the drink with another splash of Prosecco and garnish with a peach slice, if desired. Serve at once!

Can’t find ripe peaches? Use frozen instead. Simply defrost 500g sliced peaches, either at room temperature (it will take 3 to 4 hours) or in the refrigerator overnight. Blend the defrosted peaches until completely smooth in a blender or food processor. Then, you’re ready to go!

Glass filled with peach bellini with fresh peach slice garnish
Image credit – Cookie & Kate

Rosie Iced Tea Cocktail

By The High Tea Benefit

Cool off with this iced tea cocktail at a summertime high tea hens party!

Ingredients

1 part The High Tea Benefit Rosie Tea (or Red Seal Blood Orange Cold Brew)

1 part soda water

Shot gin

Squeeze lime juice

Lime wedges

Frozen raspberries

Fresh mint

Ice cubes

Method

  1. Combine all liquid ingredients with ice.
  2. Garnish with lime wedges, frozen raspberries and mint.

Hint: Leave out the gin for a delicious iced tea mocktail

Image credit – The High Tea Benefit

Watermelon Mint Mimosas

By A Mindful Avocado

It’s no secret we love a mimosa around here (check out our DIY mimosa signs here!) This adaptation of the much-loved mimosa is the perfect summer sip.

Ingredients

10 cups watermelon (about half a large watermelon)

1/3 cup fresh mint leaves

2 tablespoons agave (optional)

1 bottle champagne or sparkling wine (Brut, Cava or dry Prosecco all work well)

Lime, watermelon slices, fresh mint leaves for garnish

Method

  1. Using a mortar and pestle, muddle mint until fragrant.
  2. Add cubed watermelon, mint, and agave (optional) to the blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Using a wire mesh strainer, drain juice into a large bowl or pitcher to remove pulp.
  4. With champagne flute tilted at a 45 degree angle, slowly fill glass halfway with champagne. Top with watermelon mint juice.
  5. Garnish with lime wedge, mini watermelon slice, and a mint leaf (optional).
Glasses filled with watermelon mint mimosas garnished with mint, lime and watermelon
Image credit – A Mindful Avocado

French Martini

By Steve The Bartender

As simple as 1,2,3, this delicious cocktail goes down just as easy as it is to make!

Ingredients

30ml Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur

30ml vodka

60ml pineapple juice (1 part fresh, 1 part unsweetened)*

Method

  1. Combine the ingredients into your cocktail shaker
  2. Shake with ice
  3. Double strain into a coupe glass
  4. Garnish with skewered raspberries

*The pineapple juice ratio also works best when using a combination of store bought (unsweetened juice) and fresh press pineapple juice – the fresh pineapple brings extra acidity to balance the sweeter ratio.

Glass filled with a French martini cocktail and topped with skewered raspberries
Image credit – Steve The Bartender

Sparkling Strawberry

By Blank Sparkling

Personalised bottles of bubbles by Blank Sparkling are the perfect hens party accessory. Instead of popping a strawberry into the bottom of your glass give this cocktail recipe a try which is sure to impress.

Ingredients

1 Blank Sparkling piccolo

4 crushed strawberries + 1 to serve

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

Ice cubes

Sparkling water

Method

  1. Make the sugar syrup by simmering the sugar and water together until the sugar has dissolved. Stand to cool.
  2. Mix 1/3 cup sugar syrup and your Blank Sparkling piccolo together.
  3. Spoon the crushed strawberries into the bottom of your glass.
  4. Add the Blank Sparkling sugar mixture to your glass.
  5. Top it off with ice cubes and a dash of sparkling water to taste, and garnish the glass with the remaining strawberry.
Image credit – Blank Sparkling

BPG & T

By Baby Pink Gin

A pretty pink take on the classic gin and tonic!

Ingredients

60ml Baby Pink Gin

120ml Elderflower Fevertree Tonic

A few cubes of ice

Sprig of rosemary

Method

  1. Mix 60ml Baby Pink Gin, 120ml Elderflower Fevertree Tonic and ice in a low tumbler with a spoon or mixer.
  2. Garnish with a large sprig of rosemary.
Image credit – Baby Pink Gin

White Sangria with Mango & Berries

By Downshiftology

Sangria is the ideal cocktail to mix up and serve in a pitcher or drink dispenser for your guests to serve themselves. We love this version with white wine as a substitute for the traditional red!

Ingredients

1 mango, peeled and diced

1/2 orange, thinly sliced

5-6 strawberries, sliced

1/2 cup raspberries

1/3 cup Cointreau, Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liquor

1 bottle white wine

Fresh mint leaves, for garnish

Method

  1. Add all the ingredients to a pitcher and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  2. To serve, stir the ingredients in the pitcher, then pour over a glass of ice. Garnish with fresh mint.
Pitcher and two glasses filled with white sangria and fruit
Image credit – Downshiftology

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