Quick & Easy Drink Recipes

Whether you are hosting a cocktail party or want to shake up drinks for your dinner for two, we have plenty of quick and easy drink recipe ideas. Check out our party punch recipes for a crowd, easy vodka, rum, or whisky cocktails or even our non-alcoholic punches, including milkshakes, and frozen drinks.

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15 Mocktail Recipes That Are Totally Refreshing

Lots of party people want to raise a glass that's buzzy but not boozy—from a mom-to-be at a baby shower to teetotalers who appreciate a well-crafted drink.
By Kelly Vaughan

Banana-Oat Smoothie

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Get a healthy start with lean protein from milk and yogurt, plus fiber from oats and banana.

Extra-Dirty Martini

Rating: 3.5 stars 171
Dashes of olive brine give the classic extra-dirty martini a salty edge.

Texas Margarita

Freshly squeezed orange juice adds another layer of flavor and sets this otherwise classic margarita apart.

Shaken Piña Colada

No blender needed for this lighter, more refreshing take on the classic poolside drink. Using minimal cream of coconut and coconut milk gives the cocktail just a hint of richness.

Golden Latte

Our favorite vehicle for turmeric is this Ayurvedic-inspired golden latte, which is blended with ginger, cinnamon, honey, coconut oil, and unsweetened almond milk.

Pina Colada

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One sip of this icy blender drink transports you to the islands. We always skip the bottled mix and go old school, making a pina colada with cream of coconut, fresh pineapple, and rum just like they did in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the 1950s when the cocktail was created—though back then they might have shaken rather than blended this summertime classic. Our recipe is a one-step drink; just blend the ingredients and enjoy, but don't skip the pineapple wedges and leaves for garnishing.

Avocado-Banana Smoothie

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Try sipping your avocado -- this tropical-tasting avocado smoothie makes a satisfying breakfast or snack.

Easy Blender Orange Juice

No fancy juicer or citrus press necessary for this refreshing whole-fruit juice! While you can certainly use all oranges, we like adding tangerines and grapefruits to the mix, too.

Limeade

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Thanks to an abundance of limes in Jamaica, limeade is a common drink. Unsweetened bottled lime juice can be swapped instead of fresh for an even quicker limeade. From the book "Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).

Coffee Frappe

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Sweet iced coffee is blended with vanilla ice cream for a homemade version of a coffeehouse treat.

Pineapple and Ginger Smoothie

Rating: 3.5 stars 77
Drink up! The fresh ginger in this tropical pineapple smoothie adds a layer of spice that'll give your morning a kick.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Bourbon and Ginger
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This signature cocktail combines bourbon whiskey with effervescent ginger ale to create a refreshing beverage that matches well with a number of appetizers and snacks.
Cucumber Blueberry Smoothie
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This smoothie of cucumber and blueberries is brimming with antioxidants. It makes a great start to any day for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.  Low-fat yogurt makes it extra creamy.
Pomegranate Cosmopolitan

Replace the usual cranberry juice with pomegranate juice for a tart, refreshing twist on the classic cocktail. A lime wheel makes an eye-catching garnish against the garnet-hued drink.