How to Make a Kalimotxo

How to Make a Kalimotxo

This sangria is perfect for relaxed get-togethers and it’s even better if you make it the night before and let the flavors steep. But watch out—it goes down easy.

Directions: In a pitcher, stir together 1 (750 ml) bottle of merlot, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of orange liqueur and ½-1 cup of brandy until the sugar has dissolved. Top with 3 cups of cold lemon-lime soda or sparkling water and your choice of sliced fruit. Serve over ice. Yield: about 10 servings.
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The other sangrias featured in the video above are our Quick White Sangria and Salty Dog Sangria.

Boozy Bubbly Lemon French 75 Cocktail with ChampagneBrent Hofacker/Shutterstock

French 75 was a drink created at Harry’s New York Bar, which is located in Paris France, during WWI. The original version of the drink had a powerful kick, like French 75 mm artillery gun. The version here uses less gin.

Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker three-fourths full with ice. Add 3/4 of an ounce of gin, 1 tablespoon of confectioners’ sugar or simple syrup and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice; cover and shake 10-15 seconds or until condensation forms on the outside of the shaker. Strain into a flute glass and top with champagne. Yield: 1 serving.
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Originally developed in the 1940s, the Moscow Mule has made a big comeback is now one of the most popular mixed drinks. Could be it’s refreshing taste or that pretty copper mug (or both!).

Directions: Combine 4 cups ginger beer, 2/3 cup lime juice and 1-1/4 cups vodka in a pitcher. Serve over ice. If desired, serve with lime slices. Yield: 6 servings.

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Horseradish makes this the best Bloody Mary recipe we’ve tasted. Without the horseradish, you’ll have a more traditional Bloody Mary, and without the alcohol, you’ll have a Virgin Mary. Serve with a stalk of celery, dill pickle spear or olives. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Horseradish makes this one of the best Bloody Mary recipes in the world.
Directions: Garnish rim of tall glass with celery salt. Place remaining ice in prepared glass. Add 2 oz. vodka, 1 cup tomato juice, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 1-1/2 tsp. lime juice, 3/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 tsp. horseradish,  1/8 tsp. pepper, 1/8 tsp celery salt and 1/8 tsp. hot pepper sauce to shaker; cover and shake. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish as desired. Yield: 1 serving.[/rms_recipe]

This creamy coffee-flavored drink is a star at any occasion and perfect for any season. A White Russian is equally appropriate before or after dinner.

Directions: Add a few ice cubes to a rock glass and stir in 1-1/2 ounces vodka and 1-1/2 ounces Kahlua. Then top with 3 ounces heavy whipping cream or milk. Yield: 1 serving.

Americano Cocktail with lemon and ice.Shutterstock / Alp Aksoy

Americano Cocktail Recipe

The cocktail contains the bittersweet taste of Campari paired with sweet vermouth and club soda.

Directions: Pour 1-1/2 oz Campari and 1-1/2 oz sweet vermouth into an ice-filled glass. Then, pour in 3 oz. club soda, and stir well. Yield: 1 serving.

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Velvety-smooth texture and a taste of the tropics are what this tropical drink delivers. The easy-to-make drink can be mixed and chilled ahead of time. When ready to serve, just blend for a creamy and delicious beverage. —Linda Schend, Kenosha, Wisconsin

A velvety-smooth texture and taste of the tropics are what this pina colada delivers.

Directions: In a 2-qt. pitcher, combine 2-1/4 cups pineapple juice, 1 can cream of coconut and 1-1/2 cups rum. Chill. For each serving, place a generous cup of rum mixture and 1 cup ice in a blender. Cover and process until smooth. Pour into a chilled hurricane glass. Garnish each with a pineapple wedge. Yield: 6 servings. [/rms_recipe]

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This Irish coffee lives up to its reputation as a relaxing after-dinner drink. Creme de menthe adds a colorful touch to the cream. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

My maternal grandma was never a drinker, beyond a glass of champagne at Christmas, but she couldn’t resist Bailey’s Irish Coffee.

Directions: Divide 2 teaspoons of sugar and 2 ounces of Irish whiskey between 2 mugs; then top with coffee. If desired, beat together 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream and 1 teaspoon of green creme de menthe until a whipped cream forms and top the coffees. Yield: 2 servings.[/rms_recipe]

Homemade Boozy Frozen Mudslide Cocktailbhofack2/Getty Images


Creamy in texture and rich in taste, the mudslide is basically the equivalent of an adult milkshake.

Directions: In a blender, combine 1 oz. Baileys Irish Cream, 1 oz. Kahlua, 1 oz. vodka, 1 oz. cream and ice. Blend until a smooth consistency is achieved. Pour into a chilled glass. Yield: 1 serving.

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Welcome summer with this tart citrus delight. Treat yourself to this sunny drink.

Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker three-fourths full with ice. Add 1 ounce of brandy, 2/3 of an ounce of triple sec and 3 teaspoons of lemon juice. Cover and shake for 10-15 seconds or until condensation forms on the outside of the shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Yield: 1 serving.
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Zombie Cocktail

This tropical drink will be a sure crowd-pleaser at any beach themed parties or tiki bars.

Directions: Combine 1-1/2 oz. golden rum,  1/2 oz. white rum, 1 oz. dark rum,  1 teaspoon papaya juice, 1 teaspoon pineapple juice, 1 teaspoon superfine sugar and 1 oz. lime juice over ice in a glass. Stir well. Pour 1/2 oz. 151-proof rum into the mixture, stirring it in. Yield: 1 serving.

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This amber champagne cocktail is a bubbly twist on the traditional old-fashioned. Try it with extra dry champagne. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

This amber drink is a champagne twist on the traditional old-fashioned.

Directions: Place 1 sugar cube in a champagne flute or cocktail glass; sprinkle with 6 dashes of bitters. Add 1/2 oz. brandy; top with 1/2 cup chilled champagne. If desired, top with rosemary and cranberries. Yield: 1 serving.[/rms_recipe]

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For the light drinker, suggest a Gimlet. The blend of slightly sweet and tart flavors is appealing, but not overwhelming. You can also use vodka if gin isn’t your favorite.

Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker three-fourths full with ice. Add 2 ounces of gin, 1 ounce of lime juice and 1 teaspoon of confectioners’ sugar; cover and shake for 10-15 seconds or until condensation forms on the outside of the shaker. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a lime slice. Yield: 1 serving.
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Here are no-fuss black Russians that are smooth as silk. Perfect for those who aren’t sure what they want.

Directions: Place ice in a rocks glass and top with 1 ounce of vodka and 1 ounce of Kahlua. Yield: 1 serving.
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Screwdriver Cocktail with vodka, ice and orange juice.Oksana Mizina/Shutterstock

With just two simple ingredients, you’ll have a classic drink that’s a real crowd-pleaser.

Directions: Place ice in a rocks glass. Pour in 2 ounces of vodka and 3 ounces of orange juice and garnish with an orange slice. Yield: 1 serving.
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Homemade Red Boulevardier Cocktail with Orange GarnishBrent Hofacker/Shutterstock

The boulevardier cocktail is a great option for serving at a formal dinner party or more elegant event.

Directions: Stir 1 oz. sweet vermouth, 1 oz. Campari and 1-1/2 oz. bourbon whiskey in a glass filled with ice. Strain, then pour into a chilled glass. Yield: 1 serving.
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One thing is for sure: The Vesper is not for the faint of heart. The simple cocktail is created using three types of liquor, making the drink a very potent one.

Directions: Stir 1 oz. vodka, 3 oz. gin and 1/2 oz. Lillet Blanc in a glass filled with ice. Strain, then pour into a chilled glass. Rub lemon peel along the rim of the glass, and drop it in. Yield: 1 serving.

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If you want a taste of the tropics, this is the drink for you.
Directions: In a pitcher, combine 3-1/2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice, 1-1/2 cups orange juice, 1 cup coconut water, 1 cup orange-peach-mango juice, 1 cup coconut rum, 1 cup dark rum, 1/4 cup key lime juice (regular limes are OK, too) and 3 tablespoons of grenadine. Just stir and serve over ice! Yield: 12 servings—this one’s for a party!

Juicy Orange and Red Tequila Sunrise with a CherryBrent Hofacker/Shutterstock

When you really want to relax and enjoy the evening try one of these mild orange-flavored Tequila Sunrises.

Directions: Place ice in a Collins or highball glass. Add 1-1/2 ounces of tequila and 4-1/2 ounces of orange juice to the glass, then slowly pour 1-1/2 teaspoons of grenadine over a bar spoon into the center of the drink. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry. Yield: 1 serving.
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Classic cocktail Negroni with gin, campari and martini rossoShyripa Alexandr/Shutterstock

Bitter and sweet flavors coexist peacefully in the Negroni cocktail.

Directions: Pour 1-1/2 oz. sweet vermouth, 1-1/2oz. Campari and 1-1/2 oz. gin in a glass filled with ice. Stir well. Yield: 1 serving.
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A standard offering at brunches, mimosas are as pretty as they are tasty. In this recipe, the champagne doesn’t overpower the orange juice—especially if the champagne is extra dry. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A standard offering at brunches, Mimosas are as pretty as they are tasty.

Directions: Pour 2 oz. champagne into a champagne flute or wine glass. Pour 1/2 oz. Triple Sec and 2 oz. orange juice into the glass. Garnish as desired. Yield: 1 serving.[/rms_recipe]