Learning to make cocktails is an essential part of adulting
. When hosting your friends at home, you'll thank yourself for knowing how to whip up a whiskey smash or a margarita
on the fly. But instead of learning just the basics, master these 15 creative takes on classics instead. They've got all the fancy flavors to satisfy sophisticated-adult you, and the fun Instagrammable colors for the millennial you not-so-secretly are.
Citrus Mezcal Cocktails:
If you've always loved tequila, odds are you're probably a mezcal fan too. They both taste very similar, but mezcal is a bit smokier.
Each layer of these colorful mimosas is also a different flavor, including cranberry, orange, lemonade, and more.
If you like piña coladas, then you're going to love this floral spin on the classic (and also maybe getting caught in the rain).
Filled with cream, Bailey's liquor, vodka, and chocolate in two forms (shaved and syrup), this martini is equal parts cocktail and dessert.
Key Lime Beergaritas:
This beer and margarita fusion is quite possibly the most refreshing cocktail ever.
Prickley Pear Margaritas:
Use cactus flowers to make these gorgeous margs, then use the cactus to make tender nopales tacos.
La Croix Pimm's Cup:
This fruity British fave is even better when combined with the trendiest seltzer water around.
Gin Sorbet Cocktails:
When it's hot and you can't decide between sorbet and a cool cocktail, this herby, citrusy treat will save the day.
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