06 Mar 2020
Cocktails made with Magic(Men)
Most girl’s love a cheeky cocktail, but nothing is worse than googling a recipe and wasting your time and money on creating alcoholic drain water… I mean unless you’re into that! In case you prefer the finer things in life, our Magic Men team have brainstormed their favourite concoctions for your next event… or even better, just have our Magic Men Topless Waiters make them for you!
Check out the 5 most perfect hens party cocktails you can use for your next home bachelorette party (spoiler alert: there’s no sex on the beach here).
1. Pina “Channing” Colada recipe
(Sing!!) “If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain”, then you are going to love this traditional recipe! Originating from Puerto Rico in 1954, with a name literally meaning strained pineapple, this sweet cocktail is both easy and cheap to make.
It’s even better if you’re having a Mexican themed party and need cocktails to suit the vibe.
On a side note the mixture expands very quickly when blended so ensure you obey the maximum lines on your appliance….our Magic Men didn’t when testing these out, OOPS!
– 1 cup Pineapple Juice
– ¼ cup Malibu Coconut Rum
– ¼ cup Coconut Cream
– Glass filled with Ice
1. Add all the ingredients into a blender until mixed
If you’re feeling fancy you can add some glass garnish with either cherries or pineapple, but if you’re like us, we find it totally acceptable to put a straw straight into the blender jug! I mean, you have to taste test right?
2. Magic Midori Splice Recipe
Let’s just say this took some tweaking to get right but our Magic Men were more than happy to help! There are so many bad recipes floating around on the internet and with the cream Vs. alcohol mix in this cocktail, you can only imagine what happens when you get it wrong…ew. When you get it right though, you can’t go past the taste sensation this drink provides, so it’s a delightful addition to any girl’s night, birthday or hens party celebration!
– 1 cup Pineapple Juice
– Shot of Malibu Rum
– Shot of Midori
– Chilled Coconut Cream to top
1. Place Ice in a tall glass
2. Pour in the Malibu and Midori
3. Pour in Pineapple Juice
4. Float Coconut Cream on top
Add a straw and you’re good to go! Ensure you have plenty of the ingredients above as I guarantee you will go back for more.
3. Espresso Martini Tease Recipe
If you’re a coffee lover AND an alcohol lover (who isn’t), well well well do we have the perfect blend for you. Currently, this martini has the world wrapped around its little beans; with its caffeine hit and smooth finish, you’ll be hooked in one sip.
Unfortunately, this one can be hard to make without a proper coffee machine and we wouldn’t risk it with instant, YUCK!
– Shot of Vodka
– Shot of Kahlua
– Shot of Coffee
– 15ml or ½ shot of sugar syrup
** 1 part sugar, 2 parts water
1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
2. Pour hot coffee shot over ice
** If coffee is left to cool over time it will go bitter (yuck!)
3. Pour the rest of the ingredients over ice
4. Shake what you’re momma gave you!
5. Strain mix into a glass
Again you can add some coffee beans glass garnish with if you’re feeling sophisticated! Don’t forget to strain the mixture or else you’ll be stuck with too much crema (foam).
4. Wyld Mojito Recipe
No party would be complete without the classic Mojito and although this one has a few more ingredients, it’s absolutely worth it on warmer days. Some of us aren’t really fans of herbs and leafy flavours like coriander and mint, BUT anyone can make an exception with this drink because who doesn’t feel fancy saying “Who wants a homemade Mojito!”
– ½ Lime (Juiced)
– 2 tsp Brown (raw) Caster sugar
– Fresh Mint Leaves
** Usually 8 – 10
– Shot of Bacardi White Rum
– Soda Water
** Enough to fill the glass
– Crushed Ice
1. Place lime juice and sugar in a glass until sugar dissolves
2. Clap mint leaves between your hands and place half in a glass
** This will release oils without damaging leaves…how very Masterchef of us!
3. Fill crushed ice half way
4. Add white rum and stir
5. Add the rest of the mint leaves
6. Fill glass ¾ with more crushed ice
7. Top with soda water and stir
Of course, you can add as much or as little ice as you like but doing it in the above order will add a visual aspect to your drink, rather than having the leaves in just one clump! Don’t stress about how many steps there are, just get our Topless Waiters to do it for you.
5. Cruze Cosmopolitan Recipe
The one and only drink from the TV show all girls love, Sex and the City! Despite the drink actually being around since the 1970’s, we would like to thank Carrie Bradshaw for introducing the world to this infamous cranberry goodness.
This is definitely another one of those cocktails that is hard to sip slowly and what makes it worse, most bars have them in the tiniest glasses….so why not make it in bulk for our own event?
– Shot of Vodka
– 2 shots of Cointreau
– 1 cup Cranberry Juice
– 1 teaspoon of Lime Juice
1. Fill a shaker with ice
2. Add all the ingredients over ice
3. User shaker & strain into a chilled cocktail glass
4. Garnish with a slice of lime, orange slice or flame an orange zest
Have a few of these pink delights and you’ll be ready to hit the town! If you’re entertaining friends, this is one of those cocktails that is often accompanied with a flame of orange zest and for those who have to google what that means like we did, it’s really just a sliver of skin, not too much that you end up drinking a glass of orange juice.
Of course, each cocktail can be changed to suit your taste buds needs. Whether you only want a splash of the strong stuff, decide to whip in some egg white or would just prefer to drink straight, we hope these recipes impress your guests! And if you did come for a sex on the beach, fingers crossed you have better luck on your hen night 😉
For any more Hens night ideas, take a look at our other articles to get the inspiration that will turn your girl’s final night of freedom into an evening of pure fun and excitement!
How can you resist the opportunity to craft a tasty cocktail? Learning how to mix great drinks is fun and it is not difficult. If you’re looking to dive deeper into the world of the bar—whether at home or as a pro—then a crash course in bartending is just what you need. With a few basic tools and a handful of tips and tricks, your next drinks can be better than any you’ve made before.
Anyone Can Make Great Cocktails
One of the greatest myths about cocktails is that they’re difficult to make and you might even be asking yourself if it’s worth it. Is making a pizza from scratch worth the time? Absolutely! All of the joy and excitement you get out of cooking can be found in the bar as well—even if that bar is in your kitchen.
- Think of the flavor combinations you can create and new drinks you can explore.
- Picture the look on your friends’ faces when you whip out your cocktail shaker.
- Imagine how much money you’ll save when you can replace those $12 martinis at the bar.
There are serious benefits to learning a few bartending skills and you’ll have a ton of fun at the same time. Booze, fruit, maybe a little chocolate, how can you say “no” to that?
Mixing a great drink has a certain satisfaction to it as well, it’s an accomplishment to be proud of and a skill set that you can share with others. Don’t keep it to yourself, invite some friends over and enjoy the process together.
How to Use This Bartending Guide
As you go through this bartending guide, take in as much as you like at a time. Come back to review something or to study a topic a bit further. It’s a crash course in mixing drinks and there is a lot of information to take in. Pace yourself so it doesn’t seem overwhelming.
If you keep at it and discover the joy that is mixing up a great drink, you’ll be hooked. Nothing beats a fresh drink and anyone can pull it off.
As you begin to explore the bar, you will come across a specialized vocabulary of words and phrases. Some of these are common sense and others may not be exactly what they seem, so a little explanation is necessary.
Is it a Cocktail or a Mixed Drink?
Every drink that you mix up in the bar is a mixed drink. That’s pretty clear because you are “mixing a drink,” right? While the words mixed drink and cocktail are often interchanged, technically, the two do not have the same meaning.
- A mixed drink is any beverage that combines two or more ingredients. These drinks are often simply poured over ice, for example, a John Collins or a Rum and Coke. Though it’s often assumed that a mixed drink contains alcohol, this is not always the case. Popular nonalcoholic drinks like the Shirley Temple and Arnold Palmer are technically mixed drinks as well.
- A cocktail is a mixed drink that is traditionally defined as a combination of liquor(s), a sweetener, bitters, and water (diluted ice). By this definition, a brandy cocktail is a pure and classic example of a cocktail, but the martini is also considered a cocktail even though it contains no sweetener. And so, the actual, modern definition of a cocktail is broader than it was in the first days of the bar. In general, cocktails are many of the fancier mixed drinks that require a little more work to construct. It’s a subjective definition and one that you shouldn’t worry too much about.
To sum it up: A cocktail is a mixed drink, but a mixed drink may not always be considered a cocktail.
Cocktail Recipe Lingo
As you explore cocktail recipes, you will encounter these terms quite often.
Mixers: Any ingredient—often nonalcoholic—that is added to a mixed drink. For example, syrups, fruit juices, bitters, sodas, etc. are all considered mixers
Dash and Splash: The smallest measurements found in a bar, dash and splash are often used interchangeably and for those ingredients that are mere accents for a drink. For example, “add a splash of lemon juice.”
- The exact measurement of either a dash or a splash is not important. Technically, a dash is 1/32 of an ounce, but who’s going to take the time to measure that?
- A dash is typically smaller than a splash and used for ingredients like bitters that have strong flavors.
- Depending on the ingredient, your splash may be larger or smaller. For instance, your “splash of soda” may be more than your “splash of lime juice.”
Garnish: Often a fruit such as a cherry or an orange slice, a garnish is used to adorn a drink and add to its visual appeal. Some garnishes also bring in hints of flavor.
Whether you just go to the bar for happy hour or are a professional bartender, it’s good to know some lingo.
Is it a Well or a Call Drink?: The well is a section in the bar where the “house” liquors are stored. These are used most often by bartenders because they’re the most economical and lead to a good profit. Well drinks are ones in which the patron doesn’t specify a brand, so the bartender will pick up the whiskey, rum, or tequila from the well.
On the flip side, if you call out a specific brand of liquor, you are ordering a call drink. For instance, you might order a Jack and Coke rather than a Whiskey and Coke.
Is it Neat, Up, or Straight Up?: This is one of the great bar debates! These words are used to describe how a drink is served and they are often confused with one another. Brush up on the differences and you’ll win the next argument over this one.
On the Rocks: In the bar, “rocks” refers to ice and that means that a drink served “on the rocks” is served over ice. Simple stuff, but make sure your ice is fresh, it’s the most underrated ingredient in the bar, but its importance cannot be discounted.
Top-Shelf: When talking about liquor, the term top-shelf is used to describe the best brands available. They are more expensive and (in theory) of superior quality. The name comes from the placement of these bottles on liquor store shelves: the “cheap stuff” is at the bottom and the “good stuff” is on top where it will easily catch the eyes of consumers.
The Many Uses of “Back”: The word back is used often in the bar and it can mean a few different things:
- A “back” refers to a drink that is served alongside and in a separate glass from the main drink. It’s often a refreshing nonalcoholic beverage like water or soda. For instance, “I’ll take a Manhattan with a water back.” It’s also common to order a beer back: The pickleback is a very popular shot served with a beer back.
- The “backbar” commonly refers to the liquor stocked on a shelf behind the bartender. This is often where you will find the top-shelf distilled spirits on display, ready to be ordered in those call drinks.
- A “bar back” is an employee of the bar that is in training to be a bartender. This apprenticeship (of sorts) is how many bartenders learn the business and it’s a job that is both rewarding and tough. Bar backs do many of the hard-lifting and mundane tasks to make sure the bartenders have everything they need.
The Stick: The word stick has two meanings as well:
- “The stick” is often used when talking about the bar itself. A bartender may say, “I’m working behind the stick tonight.” This means that they’re working a bartending shift.
- It’s also common to call drinks that are muddled “stick drinks” because the tool (the muddler) used to make them looks like a stick.
From champagne cocktails with cotton candy to Rosé slushies and even some cheeky shots, these hen party cocktails are sure to impress your hens or bridal shower guests! Many of these delicious recipes are for one drink so make it easier on yourself and calculate the quantities you’ll need then make up pitchers of cocktails or bowls and dispensers of punch instead of crafting individual cocktails. Set them up on a bar cart or cocktail station with ice, straws, stirrers and pretty signage. You could also create a fun mimosa bar, all you’ll need is: bubbly, juice and some fresh fruit. Lay out some pretty glasses and let your guests create their own creations! For something a little more special lets check out our top 10 Hen Party Cocktail Recipes…
1. Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail from Lauren Conrad
- Cotton candy
- Champagne, prosecco or sparkling wine
- St. Germain liqueur
Method: Place piece of cotton candy inside your glass. Add a splash of St. Germain, and then fill to the top with Champagne!
2. The Blushing Bride Cocktail from Freut Cake
- 2 ounces of a floral gin
- 1 ounce Canton Ginger Liqueur
- ½ ounce rose water
- ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1-½ cups crushed ice
- Lemon zest
- Rose petals to garnish*
Method: Add the gin, Canton, rose water and lemon juice. Add crushed ice, stir, and garnish with rose petals and fresh lemon zest.
*If you want to create sugared rose petals like the ones shown above you will need: 1 egg white, ¼ cup granulated sugar and a handful of rose petals, cleaned and dried. Whip the egg white until frothy. Take a single petal, dip into the egg white and then dredge through the sugar on both sides. Set aside on parchment and repeat. Let the petals air dry for at least 3-4 hours and then transfer to an air-tight container for storage if not using right away.
3. Rosé Slushies from Style Me Pretty
- Bottle of Rosé
- 4 oz Belvoir elderflower & Rose lemonade
- Ice cubes
- Sprig of lavender
Method: Freeze bottle of rosé in ice cube trays (overnight). Combine frozen Rosé, Belvoir elderflower & Rose lemonade and a handful of ice cubes in a blender. Blend until all ice cubes have been crushed and when it’s at your desired consistency. Serve in a coupe glass with an edible flower – a delectable grown-up version of slushies from your childhood!
4. Sparkling Raspberry Lemon Mimosas from Aberdeen’s Kitchen
- 4 ounces chilled Brut Champagne or sparkling wine (cork just popped)
- 2 ounces raspberry lemonade, pulp strained out if desired
- Fresh raspberries, sprinkled with white granulated sugar
Method: Pour about 2 ounces of Champagne into a Champagne flute (about ⅔ of the way up). Pour about 1 ounce of raspberry lemonade into the flute (almost filling the flute). Top with the fresh sugared raspberries.
5. French Pear Martini from Style Me Pretty
- 1 ½ oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- 1 ½ oz. Pear vodka
- Chilled Champagne
- Granulated sugar for the rim
- 1 lemon, wedged
- 1 pear, sliced
Method: Prepare martini glasses by running a lemon wedge around the rim and dip into the sugar. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine St. Germain and Pear vodka. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into prepared martini glass and top with Champagne. Garnish with a slice of pear.
6. Rose Lemon Spritzer from Half Baked Harvest
- 2 tablespoons rose water (optional)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2-2 ounces vodka (omit to make a mocktail!)
- 1-2 tablespoon honey, or to taste
- A few drops of blood orange or pomegranate juice, for colour (optional)
- 3/4 cup sparkling water, or more to taste
- Fresh roses, for garnish
Method: Combine all the rose water, fresh lemon juice, vodka, honey and blood orange or pomegranate juice (if using) in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until combined and then strain into a glass. Pour in the sparkling water. Garnish with fresh roses.
7. Grapefruit Margarita from Apartment 34
- 2 oz. Tequila
- 2 oz. Grapefruit
- 1 oz. lime juice
- 1/2 oz. triple sec
- 1/2 oz. agave
- Kosher salt for rim
- Lime wedge
- Grapefruit slice/lime slice to garnish
Method: Add tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, triple sec and agave into a shaker with ice. Shake.
Take lime wedge and run around lip of glass. Place salt on plate and swirl the cup lip in the salt. Add ice to glass. Strain cocktail shaker into glass. Garnish with grapefruit.
8. Pink Lemonade Jello Shots from A Beautiful Mess
- 2 packets of unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup pink lemonade
- 1/2 cup regular vodka
- 1/2 cup lemon vodka or Lemon Eddy
- 5 lemons
(This recipe makes about 9 lemon halves you can cut into wedges.)
Method: Cut your lemons in half and use a spoon (a serrated grapefruit spoon works great if you have one) to scoop out the insides as much as you can. Heat the lemonade in a pan over medium heat and stir in the packets of gelatin slowly until they dissolve. Add the lemonade and gelatin mixture to a bowl and pour in your vodka liquids. Stir until combined. Transfer the liquid into a pourable container and place your lemon halves into a muffin tin to keep them upright. Pour in the liquid until each half is full and refrigerate for 4 hours or until set. Remove the tin once the lemons have set and slice into slices right before serving.
9. Lady-like Earl Grey Tea Cocktail from Jacquelyn Clark
(perfect for a boozy afternoon tea hen party!)
- 6 ounces cold Earl Grey tea
- 1 1/4 ounces gin
- 1 1/4 ounces honey simple syrup (recipe below)
- 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Method: Brew 4 cups Earl Grey tea (it should give you enough to make a few cocktails!) Cool completely in fridge. In the meantime, make your honey simple syrup by warming 5 cups of water with 1 cup of honey until dissolved. Cool completely in fridge. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add all of your cocktail ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into glass over ice.
10. Amaretto Bourbon Punch from How Sweet It Is
- 2 cups bourbon
- 2 cups ginger ale
- 1 cup amaretto
- 1 cup simple syrup*
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice, plus extra for the glasses
- Maraschino cherries, for topping
- Orange juice for garnish
Method: Combine the bourbon, ginger ale, amaretto, simple syrup*, lime juice, orange juice and cherry juice together and stir. (At this point I would taste and adjust for any sweetness – you might want more amaretto, more bourbon or more syrup depending on your preferences!) Fill a glass with crushed ice and add a few drops of cherry juice. Pour the punch over the ice and garnish with cherries and orange slices.
*Note: simple syrup is equal parts water and sugar. 1 cup water + 1 cup sugar heated until boiling, whisk until the sugar dissolves, and let cool to room temp.
For more great hen party planning advice and ideas check out Our Top Guides for Planning a Hen Party and for lots more drink ideas follow our Drinks & Cocktail Ideas board on Pinterest.