3 Sexy & Simple Cocktail Recipes to Impress Your Date

Seriously folks, what is cooler than having a signature drink? Being able to whip up a delicious and aptly named concoction, à la Tom Cruise in Cocktail, is guaranteed to impress the ladies.

If you really want to look like an expert, we can highly recommend attending a cocktail making class – just Google it and you’ll be sure to find one in your area.

In the meantime, we’ve compiled 3 of our favourite and easy to prepare ‘love potions’:

Amore Vietato (Forbidden Love)

Forbidden Love Cocktail

  • 2 oz. Hendricks gin
  • 1 oz. blood orange juice
  • Dash simple syrup, 2 strawberries
  • 4 slices of cucumber


Muddle fruit with simple syrup, add gin and blood orange juice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with strawberry, cucumber spiral and orange peel hearts.

[SOURCE: Wendy Verdel, Zeffirino, The Venetian, Las Vegas]


Flirtini Cocktail1 ounce (30 ml) vodka0.35 ounce (10 ml) apricot liqueur
0.35 ounce (10 ml) cranberry juice
0.35 ounce (10 ml) pineapple juice
Ice cubes
1 strawberry, for garnish


Place the vodka, apricot liqueur, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and ice cubes in a shaker and shake well. Strain the cocktail into a martini glass and top off with champagne. Garnish with the strawberry.

[SOURCE: Slurp by Nina Dreyer Hensley, Jim Hensley, and Paul Lowe]

Strawberry Shag (ooh err)

strawberry shag cocktail

1 to 2 large sprigs fresh basil
1/4 cup Sugared Strawberries with juice
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
3 to 4 ounces chilled soda water
Fresh strawberry for garnishing
Small basil leaf for garnishing


In a cocktail shaker, press the basil and strawberries together with a muddler to release the basil’s flavor. Fill the shaker with ice. Measure in the vodka and lemon juice. Cap and shake vigorously. Pour into a large glass, top with soda water, and stir. Garnish with a strawberry and basil leaf.

[SOURCE: Sips & Apps: Classic and Contemporary Recipes for Cocktails and Appetizers by Kathy Casey]

We hope you enjoyed our suggestions. Do you have a signature drink? Fancy sharing the recipe? Then leave us a comment! x

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