As a bartender, I've seen it all when it comes to drinks. From classic martinis to trendy craft cocktails, there's no shortage of options for those who want to indulge in a little liquid courage.
But there's something special about colourful layered cocktails that really sets them apart.
Maybe it's the way the different colours swirl together in the glass, or the fact that each sip is a surprise as you taste each layer separately.
Whatever it is, there's no denying that these drinks are a crowd-pleaser.
But what makes a truly great colourful layered cocktail? Is it the balance of flavours? The artistry of the layering technique?
Or perhaps it's the presentation, with the vibrant hues catching the eye of everyone in the room.
Over the years, I've tried my fair share of layered cocktails, and I've come to appreciate the ones that truly stand out. In this blog post, I'll be sharing some of the best colourful layered cocktail recipes I've come across.
From sweet and fruity to bold and boozy, there's something for everyone on this list. So grab a shaker, some ice, and get ready to impress your guests with these stunning drinks.
1. Rainbow Paradise Cocktail
The Rainbow Paradise Cocktail is a stunningly beautiful and delicious drink that will transport you to a tropical paradise. This colourful layered cocktail is a mix of various liquors and juices that come together to create a refreshing and flavourful drink. The grenadine syrup, tropical rum, pineapple juice, blue curacao liqueur, spiced rum, grape juice, fruit punch and orange juice, all blend perfectly to create a rainbow of flavours that are both sweet and tangy.
This cocktail is perfect for any party or gathering, and it's sure to impress your guests with its vibrant colours and delicious taste. If you're looking for a fun and festive drink that's easy to make and looks great, then the Rainbow Paradise Cocktail is the perfect choice.
2. Buttery Nipple Shot
The Buttery Nipple Shot is a two-layered cocktail that is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. The combination of butterscotch and Irish cream creates a rich and creamy flavor that resembles butterscotch pudding.
The layered presentation of the Buttery Nipple Shot makes it an eye-catching addition to any cocktail party. It goes down dangerously smooth and is a must-try for anyone who wants to indulge in a sweet treat.
3. Layered Red White & Berry Lemonade
The Layered Red White & Berry Lemonade is a refreshing and cold cocktail that combines delicious berry flavors and citrus. It is perfect for any summer celebration and is layered with red, white, and blue colors, making it an ideal drink for 4th of July celebrations.
The cocktail is made with Limited Edition Smirnoff Ice Red, White, and Berry, giving it a unique taste that cannot be found in other cocktails. It is best served in small mason jars filled with ice and topped with raspberries or strawberries. The Layered Red White & Berry Lemonade is a must-try cocktail for anyone who wants to enjoy a fun and festive drink this summer.
4. Irish Flag
The Irish Flag is a stunning layered shooter cocktail that pays homage to the colors of the Irish flag. The combination of green creme de menthe, Baileys Irish cream, and Grand Marnier creates a beautiful gradient from bottom to top.
The layers of flavors are distinct when sipped slowly, with the orange of Grand Marnier, caramel notes of Irish Cream, and minty creme de menthe. This lightweight drink is perfect for parties and a must-try for anyone who loves a sweet and refreshing cocktail.
5. Super Bowl Sipper Cocktail
The Super Bowl Sipper Cocktail is a fun and colorful drink that is perfect for Super Bowl parties or 4th of July celebrations. The blue curaçao and grenadine create a stunning layered effect, while the vodka and soda add a strong and sweet taste.
This cocktail is definitely a novelty party drink and is not for the faint of heart. It's a sipper, but it's worth it for the visual effect alone. If you're looking for a fun and festive drink to serve at your next party, the Super Bowl Sipper Cocktail is a great option.
6. Festive Gin Smash
The Festive Gin Smash is a colorful layered cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season. The cocktail features three layers of fresh fruit, including white lychees, red strawberries, and green mint, which makes it a visually stunning drink. The use of SodaStream Sparkling Water Maker adds a bubbly touch to the drink, taking it to new heights.
This gin cocktail is perfect to enjoy while relaxing on the sofa, listening to Christmas carols, and chatting about all things naughty and nice. The Festive Gin Smash is a fun and delicious cocktail that is sure to impress your guests at any holiday gathering.
7. Tipsy Rainbow Slushie
The Tipsy Rainbow Slushie is a colorful and fun cocktail that is perfect for any party or celebration. This cocktail is made with flavored popsicles and can be made even more exciting by adding champagne and a fireball cherry. The layered effect of the different colors of the slushie makes it a visually stunning drink that is sure to impress your guests.
The addition of the champagne and fireball cherry gives the cocktail a unique and delicious flavor that is sure to be a hit with anyone who tries it. Overall, the Tipsy Rainbow Slushie is a must-try cocktail for anyone looking for a fun and colorful drink that is sure to impress.
8. Mardi Gras Jello Shots
Mardi Gras Jello Shots are a colorful and festive addition to any party. With layers of purple, yellow, and green, these shots are not only visually appealing but also delicious. Made with vodka and flavored with raspberry liqueur, Limoncello, and lime juice, these shots are the perfect balance of sweet and tart.
While they do take some time to prepare, the end result is well worth the effort. Whether you're celebrating Mardi Gras or just looking for a fun and colorful cocktail, these jello shots are sure to impress your guests.
9. Tequila Sunrise
Tequila Sunrise is a colourful and refreshing cocktail with a sweet and fruity taste. It's easy to make with only three ingredients and has a stunning sunrise effect created by the grenadine sinking to the bottom of the glass.
This classic cocktail has a rich history, originating in Sausalito, California in the early 1970s and gaining popularity after being ordered by Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones during their 1972 tour. If you're looking for a simple yet impressive cocktail to serve at your next party, Tequila Sunrise is a must-try.
10. Alien Brain Hemorrhage
If you're looking for a Halloween cocktail that will really make an impression, look no further than the Alien Brain Hemorrhage. This creepy and colorful layered shot is sure to be the talk of any party. While its appearance may be unsettling, the taste is surprisingly smooth and creamy with a fruity twist.
The combination of Bailey's, blue curaçao, grenadine, and peach schnapps creates a unique flavor that is sure to please. Whether you're a fan of horror movies or just looking for a fun and festive drink, the Alien Brain Hemorrhage is a must-try.
11. Layered Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots
The Layered Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots is a unique and delicious cocktail that is perfect for those who love mixing flavors and colors. This cocktail is a perfect blend of vanilla pudding, UV Cake vodka, strawberry jello, and Strawberry Pucker, which results in a beautiful red and white layered drink that looks as good as it tastes.
The addition of whipped cream and strawberries as garnishes makes it even more appealing. This cocktail is a perfect party drink that will surely impress your guests. If you're looking for a fun and colorful cocktail that is easy to make and tastes amazing, then the Layered Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots is definitely worth trying.
12. Butterfly Pea Flower Matcha Lemonade
The Butterfly Pea Flower Matcha Lemonade is a stunning and colorful layered cocktail that is sure to impress your guests. The drink starts with a vibrant blue color from the butterfly pea flower tea, which turns into a jewel-tone purple when lemonade is added. The matcha layer on top adds a beautiful green hue to the mix.
The earthy flavor of the butterfly pea flower tea is masked by the dominant flavors of matcha and lemonade, making it a refreshing and unique drink. The color-changing effect is a fun and exciting feature that will add a touch of magic to any gathering. If you're looking for a colorful and impressive cocktail, the Butterfly Pea Flower Matcha Lemonade is definitely worth trying.
13. Strawberry Colada
The Strawberry Colada is a frozen cocktail that combines the fresh flavor of strawberries with the smooth taste of coconut and rum. It's an easy-to-make drink that's perfect for summer and tastes just like the ones you'd get on vacation.
The combination of a strawberry daiquiri with a pina colada creates a smooth blended goodness that's a must-try. Garnish with a fresh strawberry or cocktail umbrella for the ultimate tropical experience.