Thursday is National Cocktail Day, and we are feeling thirsty! We have asked Kruser, Ayla, Jonathan, and Jackson what their favorite drink is, and they did not disappoint. If you are looking for some cocktail inspiration, this is it. Sit back, relax, and pour yourself a drink! Whether you are in the mood for a classic Cosmopolitan or looking to make your night interesting with a Mai-Tai, here are some drink recipes just for you!

  • Kruser

    Kruser’s favorite drink is a good old Cosmopolitan. Who doesn’t love a good Cosmo!

  • Cosmopolitan Recipe:

    Cosmopolitan

    INGREDIENTS:
    (Makes 1 drink)

    – 2 ounces (1/4) cup vodka
    – 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) triple sec, Grand Marnier or Cointreau
    – 3/4 ounce (1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons) sweetened cranberry juice
    – 1/4 to 1/2 ounce (1 1/2 teaspoons to 3 teaspoons) fresh lime juice
    – One 2-inch orange peel/twist
    – Ice

    INSTRUCTIONS:
    1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice. Use as much lime juice as desired for your own personal preference.
    2. Shake it up and pour into martini glass
    3. Garnish with an orange peel or twist
    4. Enjoy!

    CLICK HERE for full recipe

  • Ayla Brown

    Ayla has two favorite cocktails: A Woodford Reserve old-fashioned (with a BIG) ice cube and a watermelon jalapeño margarita!

  • Old Fashioned Recipe:

    If you want to make yours like Alya, make sure you are using one BIG ice cube, and her favorite, Woodford Reserve bourbon whiskey.

    Old Fashioned

    INGREDIENTS:
    (Makes 1 drink)

    – 2 OZ. Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    – 1/2 OZ Demerara Syrup
    – 3 DASHES Woodford Reserve® Aromatic Bitters
    – 2 DASHES Woodford Reserve® Orange Bitters
    – Orange
    – Ice

    INSTRUCTIONS:
    1. Add ingredients to the mixing glass.
    2. Add ice to mixing glass and serving glass.
    3. Stir ingredients for 30-40 secs.
    4. Strain into serving glass.
    5. Garnish with a lightly expressed orange peel.

    CLICK HERE for full recipe

  • Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita Recipe:

    Margarita

    INGREDIENTS:
    (makes 1 drink)

    – 2oz (1/4 cup) watermelon juice
    – 2oz (1/4 cup) silver tequila
    – 1oz (2 Tablespoons) fresh lime juice (1/2 lime)
    – 1oz (2 Tablespoons) Jalapeno Simple Syrup
    – fresh jalapeño slices

    For the jalapeño simple syrup:
    – 1/2 cup sugar
    – 1/2 cup water
    – 1 jalapeno

    Directions:

    For the jalapeño Simple Syrup:
    1. Add sugar and water to a small saucepan. For a less spicy syrup, remove ribs and seeds from jalapeño then add to the saucepan. (For a more spicy syrup, slice jalapeño then add – seeds and all – to the saucepan).
    2. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, then cook until sugar is dissolved, 1-2 minutes. Remove pan from heat then let cool. (the longer the jalapeño stays in the syrup, the spicier it will be).
    3. Strain syrup through a fine-mesh sieve into a mason jar or container then chill. Can be done several days ahead of time.

    4. Add watermelon juice, tequila, lime juice, and jalapeno simple syrup to a rocks or cocktail glass then stir to combine.
    5. Fill glass to the top with ice then serve with fresh jalapeno slices. Alternatively, you could add the ingredients into a shaker, fill it halfway up with ice, then shake to chill.

    CLICK HERE for full recipe

  • Jackson Blue

    Back in the day Jackson used to love a good Mai Tai, but FRESH fruit juice is a must!

  • Mai Tai Recipe:

    There are a few different ways to make a Mai Tai. Jackson loves his with fresh juice, so this is the recipe we went with!

    Mai Tai

    INGREDIENTS:
    (Makes 2 drinks)

    – Ice
    – 1/2 cup fresh pineapple juice
    – 1/4 cup orange juice
    – 2 ounces light rum
    – 1 ounce dark rum
    – 1 ounce triple sec
    – Juice of 1 lime
    – Dash of grenadine
    – Maraschino cherries, for serving
    – Orange wheels for serving

    INSTRUCTIONS:
    1. Fill a cocktail shaker 1/2 way with ice cubes.
    2. Add the pineapple juice, orange juice, light rum, dark rum, triple sec, lime juice, and grenadine and shake for 20 seconds.
    3. Strain drinks into 2 ice-filled glasses and garnish with maraschino cherries and an orange wheel.

    CLICK HERE for full recipe

  • Jonathan Wier

    Jonathan’s favorite cocktail is a classic Rum & Coke (with Coke Zero)!

  • Rum and Coke Recipe:

    This one is quite simple. If you want to make yours like Jonathan, make sure you use Coke Zero!

    Rum and Coke

    INGREDIENTS:
    – Your favorite rum (Jonathan’s is Bacardi)
    – Coke (Coke-Zero)
    – Slice of lime
    – Ice

    Directions:
    1. Pour some ice into your glass
    2. Add an ounce and a half of Rum
    3. Add your coke
    4. Add lime wedge (optional)
    5. Mix it up!