Best Birthday Cocktails: 15+ drink recipes to make for your party

When your birthday rolls around, it's time to celebrate and drink up. Classic, fruity, or creamy, you can serve up single versions or make them in batches to get the party started.

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When planning the party to celebrate your birthday with friends and family, don't forget to think about the drinks as well. Mixology lovers will go crazy over these birthday cocktails. Whether it's a small gathering or a big party to celebrate a special birthday like 30th, 40th or 50th, check out these suggestions we've come up with for you.
We've thought about everyone's tastes so you can make classic or funny drinks – you can choose from creamy, sweet, tangy, or colorful ones. They're just perfect for sipping at a summer beach party or to liven up a birthday on a cooler evening. So, what are you waiting for? It's time to celebrate and have a drink. Happy birthday!

1. Paloma Cocktail: the recipe of the Mexican drink ideal for the aperitif
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Paloma cocktail is a fresh and fruity Mexican drink made of tequila, lime juice, grapefruit soda and a pinch of salt, in order to make it even more delicious. This is the classic aperitif cocktail, very popular in Mexico. You can enjoy it in every moment of the day: adjust the quantity of tequila in order to have a lighter and refreshing drink for the afternoon, or to increase its amount to have a more intense aperitif with a higher alcoholic content. About the origin of Paloma cocktail, it is said it was invented by Don Javier Delgado Corona, owner and bartender of La Capilla, in Tequila. Here is how to make it to perfection in no time.

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2. Chocolate Martini: the delicious recipe for a classic after-dinner cocktail
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Drink your dessert with this easy chocolate martini recipe. With its rich, creamy texture and boozy chocolatey flavor, this sweet dessert version of the classic martini is always a winner. It's a fantastic drink to serve after dinner when you're in the mood for something sweet but don't want to make a proper dessert.

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3. Margarita: the best tequila recipe for making the classic margarita cocktail
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There's nothing like a perfectly chilled margarita on a hot summer's day to beat the heat. Tangy lime, sweet orange liqueur such as triple sec, and citrusy, strong bite of blanco tequila make the classic margarita oh-so refreshing.

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4. Best Bellini Cocktail: the Italian original cocktail recipe
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Bellini cocktail is a long drink ideal for summertime and belongs to the family of sparkling cocktails, those made of fresh fruit and sparkling wine or Champagne. Originally known as Mimosa variation, it is a prepared with seasonal white peaches mixed with brut sparkling wine or prosecco. This is a refined and delicious Italian cocktail: the texture and freshness of the sparkling wine are perfectly combined with the aroma and flavor of peaches. As for the doses, the ratio of ingredients is 1 to 2: sparkling wine must be added in double the quantity of peach nectar. This is very important especially if you have to prepare pitchers of cocktails for summer parties. Here is how to make the Bellini cocktail step by step.

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5. Mimosa: the easy, refreshing recipe for a beautiful brunch cocktail
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Nothing says brunch like a round of mimosas. The mimosa is an easy-to-make, incredibly refreshing cocktail often served at special occasions like Mother's Day, Christmas, bridal showers, and birthday parties, as well, of course, at brunch.

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6. Piña Colada: the best recipe for the classic summer cocktail
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The piña colada is an ultra-refreshing drink to enjoy when the weather is hot in summer. With its sweet coconut and pineapple flavor, this Puerto Rican classic cocktail is perfect for any occasion. It has a beautiful balance of sweetness, tanginess, and a wonderfully rich, creamy texture.

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7. Irish Cream: the easy and quick recipe for homemade Irish cream
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This Irish cream is a very easy copycat version for Baileys Irish cream that you can make it for you recipes or as a drink. You only need a handful of ingredients (sugar, cream, whiskey, coffee, cocoa powder) and not much cooking.

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8. Blue Hawaiian Punch: the effortless cocktail recipe
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With its eye-catching ocean blue hue and tropical taste, the blue Hawaiian punch cocktail is perfect for summer. This refreshing cocktail is easy to batch, making it a brilliant option for parties and barbecues. Blue Hawaiian punch has a delicious coconut and pineapple taste, which is fantastic for those moments you want to sip on something boozy to help cool you down on a balmy summer's day. It's incredibly simple to make – all you need is some coconut rum, blue curaçao (which adds a hint of citrus and gives this cocktail its beautiful color), pineapple juice, and some ice. That's it! Even home bartending novices will be able to master this tasty tipple in no time at all.

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9. Rossini Cocktail: the refreshing cocktail recipe from Italy
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Rossini cocktail is a refreshing drink made of Prosecco and blended strawberry pulp. It is an excellent aperitif, also perfect for low-alcohol cocktail lovers thanks to its fruity component that adds a sweet and pleasant flavor.

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10. Mudslide Cocktail: the simple recipe for a delicious creamy cocktail
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Fans of the classic White Russian cocktail will love the Mudslide. The two drinks are very similar – both use vodka and coffee liqueur, but the Mudslide takes things to the next level with a splash of Irish cream liqueur. It's a creamy, sweet drink that's perfect to sip on after a meal. You don't need any special equipment or great bartending skills to make a Mudslide. Just shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain them into a glass. It's that simple! There are a couple of ways to enjoy a Mudslide. The simplest is lightly chilled on the rocks, but if you want to treat yourself, you can blend your Mudslide with ice and heavy creamy to make a boozy milkshake – served with plenty of chocolate syrup, of course. And there are a few variations you can test out, too. Make it with or without milk, swap out the vodka for a different spirit, or use different liqueurs to change the flavor of the drink. Whatever you choose, don't be surprised if the Mudslide becomes your new favorite cocktail!

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11. AMF Drink: the Adios Motherfucker cocktail recipe
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The Adios Motherfucker is a strong, blue cocktail with a very particular name. It is best known as AMF drink, or Adios Motherf*er for the picky people. It's not finished yet because it is even called Walk Me Down or Blue Motorcycle. Even though this is a truly delicious multi-liquor cocktail recipe, it's so bold and boozy that everyone could end up with a headache the next morning.

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12. Strawberry Daiquiri: the best and easy recipe
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Strawberry Daiquiri is a fresh and tasty cocktail, one of the most loved and best known. It falls into the category of sour cocktails, that are preparations based on a distillate, lemon juice and sweetener. In the most classic version, Frozen Daiquiri only includes lime juice, but in this intriguing version it is enriched with strawberry pulp. Preparing it at home is very simple.

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13. Grasshopper Cocktail: the easy and sweet drink recipe
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Grasshopper is an easy and quick cocktail recipe you can enjoy as after-dinner or even as a boozy dessert-like cocktail. Officially recognized by the IBA since 1961, this creamy and smooth drink has a light green color similar to that of the grasshoppers. You just need 3 ingredients such as crème de menthe, crème de cacao and heavy cream to make a sweet, minty, chocolatey grasshopper.

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14. Sangria: the perfect boozy Spanish drink for your summer parties
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Looking for an easy-to-make drink you can serve a crowd this summer? Sangria is perfect for you! Sangria is a wonderful cold wine-based drink from Spain, that's also popular in Portugal. It can be made from red, white, or rose wine. It can be still or sparkling. Thanks to its incredible versatility and bold, fruity flavor, a glass of chilled sangria is the perfect warm weather drink.

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15. Kamikaze Cocktail: the easy and quick Kamikaze drink recipe
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The kamikaze is a favorite cocktail recipe among bartenders and drinkers alike, being one of the most popular vodka martini. This drink stands out for its sweet-sour flavor due to the combination of only three ingredients. The sweetness of triple sec is dampened by the tart flavor of lime juice, while vodka gives the cocktail a bold boost, so it's the perfect 25 percent ABV aperitif.

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16. Painkiller Cocktail: the exotic cocktail recipe
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The Painkiller is a summery and exotic Tiki alcoholic cocktail. The colors and taste take you on a trip to Polynesia, on tropical beaches with crystal clear water. The dark rum base is enhanced by a mix of coconut cream, orange juice and pineapple juice. This is a very similar to Piña Colada‘s flavor, where the opposites meet to perfection.

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