If you’re hosting an upscale get-together or brunch, the rum and simple drinks will not do. Reach for the top shelf and impress your guests with these sophisticated and tasty Upscale Cocktails.
In early adulthood, most of us are enjoying simple, inexpensive mixed drinks like Jungle Juice or rum and Coke. While they get the job done, they’re certainly lacking when it comes to providing a memorable experience. As your palate improves, you’ll find yourself yearning for more complex flavors, better-tasting liquor and Instagram-worthy glasses and garnishes. Some popular ingredients we use include tequila, vodka, gin, whiskey, and so much more.
Fancy cocktails are a great way to practice your bartending skills and acquaint yourself with new ingredients. Instead of sodas or bottled juices, these classy drinks are made with aromatic bitters, absinthe and green chartreuse. Instead of your standard lime wedge, get ready to garnish with fresh herbs, berries and spices. It’s an elevated experience every step of the way.
Top Upscale Cocktail Recipes
Show them how worldly you are with this exotic cocktail!
The Pisco Sour is the national drink of Peru and features a delicious brandy made from muscat grapes.
With a tantalizing mix of orange liqueur, French apertif wine and absinthe, Corpse Reviver No. 2 isn’t your everyday cocktail.
The spooky drink makes an excellent welcome drink at a Halloween party or murder mystery night.
A boulevardier is a name given to a wealthy, fashionable socialite. You’ll definitely feel the part after a sip of this classic cocktail.
Show off your fancy bartending skills with this deceptively simple cocktail.
Served in a traditional copper mug, it’s truly something special.
Everybody knows that French things are the fanciest. This classic vodka martini is no exception.
This delightfully tangy cocktail transports you to an exclusive Victorian-style bar.
You’ll love the refreshing combo of gin and freshly squeezed lime juice, spiced with aromatic bitters.
This creamy cocktail ought to be served in your very tallest glass.
Orange blossom water, fresh citrus juices, and bubbly seltzer make this drink a real treat.
Take a trip to Havana with this refreshing medley. Legend has it that this was the famous author’s preferred cocktail when he stayed in Cuba.
This iconic cocktail is said to be the first one ever invented. Impress your guests with its smooth taste and fascinating history.
We know you’re going to love this bubbly Parisian cocktail. If you like it sweet, add an extra dash of Meyer lemon simple syrup.
The dark & stormy looks like it was prepared by a pro, but it can be made by just about anyone.
We hope you’ve got fancy enough glass for this sophisticated variation of the Manhattan.
Be sure to with a lemon twist to complete the look.
This cocktail is just as fancy as it sounds. You’ll love the decadent combination of vanilla anise liqueur, sweet cream and crème de cacao.
This is the drink Hemingway would have had if he went to Spain instead of Cuba. Though it’s a relatively new recipe, many would argue that it’s already a classic.
Gin martini or vodka martini? The vesper gives you the best of both worlds because you deserve it.
Enjoyed by the likes of Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe and Vincent Van Gogh, this potent spirit is sometimes called the green fairy.
Whip up an absinthe frappé by combining it with crushed ice, water and simple syrup.
This sweet, comforting drink is made with coffee liqueur, vodka and fresh cream. Serve it in an old-fashioned glass for an elevated experience.
You’ve probably heard this French champagne being called by its more popular name – Ace of Spades.
This fancy bubbly brand is owned by Jay-Z and comes in impressive gold bottles.
The Queen of England is rumored to request this colorful cocktail at royal events. Enjoy it as a nightcap or as a themed drink for a watch party.
Icewine is produced when grapes are left on the vine to freeze. The frozen grapes are then pressed into a concentrated, flavorful wine.
In just five minutes, you can prepare a tasty margarita that’s even better than the one at the Mexican restaurant. Made with fresh citrus juices and premium tequila, it may just be the best marg you’ve ever had.
This refreshing Prohibition-era recipe has equal parts gin, freshly squeezed lime juice and a dash of sweet cherry liqueur.
The pièce de résistance is the minty, herbaceous taste of Green Chartreuse.
The recipe’s in the name for this timeless medley. To make it extra fancy, use premium ingredients and garnishes like fresh herbs, fruit or spices.
Your party guests will be coming back for a second glass of this old-fashioned whiskey cocktail. The Ward 8 originated in Boston at the turn of the 20th century and combines fresh citrus flavors with rye whiskey and juicy pomegranate syrup.
The whiskey sour is a simple cocktail that always gets the job done. The secret is to use bourbon (not Scotch) and top it off with Angostura bitters. Replace bourbon with almond liqueur if you prefer an Amaretto Sour.
Add this refreshing summertime cocktail to your brunch menu and your guests will love you for it! Be sure to use your finest vodka and garnish with a slice of fresh lemon.
With ingredients French Benedictine and cherry liqueur from Denmark, this cocktail is more cosmopolitan than The Cosmopolitan. This pricey drink is all the rage in Singapore, yet surprisingly easy to make in your own home.
The simplicity of this cocktail makes it an obvious choice for last-minute get-togethers. Just a pinch of salt elevates the drink to a brunch-worthy concoction.
As the name suggests, this drink is one of the first cocktails ever invented. Serve this timeless cocktail in its namesake glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry and a slice of orange.
The Mai Tai is ‘proof’ that you don’t need a vacation to feel those tropical vibes. Use premium Jamaican rum for an authentic island experience.
The Sidecar is over a century old and has definitely stood the test of time. Show off your bartending skills with this tantalizing mix of cognac and citrus.
This peachy cocktail will be the star of your next brunch or cocktail party. You’ll be blending real peaches with bubbly Prosecco for a tasty alternative to the standard mimosa.
Top shelf bourbon, Rémy Martin and Creole-style bitters make up the sophisticated Vieux Carré. Impress your friends by properly pronouncing this French Creole concoction.
If you were on the party scene back in the Roaring Twenties, this would be your cocktail of choice. One hundred years later, Manhattan is still considered the epitome of sophistication. Just remember that this one is stirred, not shaken.
What Are the Fanciest Cocktails?
When it comes to fancy drinks, there are a few that immediately come to mind. The Manhattan is a ritzy whiskey cocktail that brings back memories of The Great Gatsby. If you’re craving a more tropical vibe, opt for a Mai Tai made with premium Caribbean rum. For those who seek something creamy and decadent, may we suggest the Golden Cadillac?
30+ Easy Upscale Drinks (Strawberry Hennessy Recipe and More)
- 2 oz Hennessy
- 4 oz champagne
- 2 oz strawberry syrup
- fresh lemon and strawberries for garnishing
- 3/4 pound strawberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
Make the Strawberry Syrup
- Prepare the strawberries by removing green leaves and cut them into thin slices.
- In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add strawberries, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil.
- Once boiled, turn the heat down and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Blend the strawberries with a blender.
- Strain the strawberry syrup through a sieve.
- Let it chill.
Make Strawberry Hennessy Cocktail
- In a cocktail glass, add ice and fresh strawberries.
- Pour in pour in Hennessy, Champagne, and strawberry syrup. Mix gently. Serve and enjoy!