As a bartender, I’ve seen my fair share of people looking for a pick-me-up during a night out. Whether it’s to keep the party going or to power through a long work week, finding the right energy boost can be a game-changer.
But let’s be real, no one wants to slam back another sugary energy drink or rely on the jittery effects of caffeine. That’s where energy cocktails come in.
Energy cocktails are the perfect balance of ingredients that provide both a buzz and a boost. They’re not just your average sugary drink with a splash of Red Bull.
They’re crafted with precision and intention, incorporating elements that naturally increase energy levels and focus. And as a bartender, I’ve had the pleasure of experimenting with a variety of recipes to find the perfect mix.
But with so many options out there, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. That’s why I’ve taken it upon myself to share some of my favorite energy cocktail recipes.
From classic concoctions to new twists on old favorites, these drinks are sure to give you the energy kick you need without sacrificing taste or quality. So, whether you’re a seasoned cocktail connoisseur or just looking to spice up your next night out, these energy cocktails are guaranteed to satisfy.
1. Wild Berry Energy Cocktail
The Wild Berry Energy Cocktail is a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail made with fresh berries, gin, and Hiball sparkling energy water. It has zero sugar and is garnished with berries, making it perfect for a summer party or a romantic dinner.
The use of juniper-based gin gives it antioxidant properties and a unique flavor. The cocktail packs a punch with its ginseng and vitamin B content, making it a healthier alternative to other cocktails.
2. Aviation Cocktail
The Aviation Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a unique and flavorful energy cocktail. This cocktail has a beautiful violet hue and a smooth, flowery taste that is both assertive and sweet. The key ingredient, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, adds a subtle boozy cherry finish that is worth trying on its own.
The cocktail was first created in 1916 by Hugo Ensslin, head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York City, and has remained a classic ever since. If you’re looking for a crowd-pleaser that will give you wings, the Aviation Cocktail is definitely worth a shot.
3. Lemonade Gin Mojito
The Lemonade Gin Mojito is a refreshing twist on the classic Cuban cocktail. This cocktail recipe replaces the traditional white rum with gin and uses lemonade instead of lime juice for a sweet and tangy flavor.
The addition of mint and club soda gives it a refreshing kick, making it perfect for hot summer days. The recipe is easy to make and can be adjusted for larger gatherings. If you’re looking for a fruity and light cocktail to serve at your next party, this Lemonade Gin Mojito is a must-try.
4. Throat Energy Center Cocktail
The Throat Energy Center Cocktail is a refreshing and sweet drink recipe that is sure to enhance communication and clear energy. Made with mint, lemon, and elderflower liqueur, this cocktail is perfect for those looking to ground and calm their vibes, especially during Mercury Retrograde. The addition of sage, peppermint, and chamomile syrup makes it an aligned throat energy center and Mercury retrograde cocktail recipe.
The ingredients were hand-selected for their association with communication and healing, making it an especially magical craft cocktail. Sip on this cocktail to implore you to speak your truth more easily, or serve it at your next gathering to entice open communication. Overall, the Throat Energy Center Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a refreshing and magical energy cocktail.
5. Adrenal Cocktail
Looking for an energy boost to keep you going throughout the day? Look no further than the Adrenal Cocktail. This all-day sipper is packed with nutrients that support your adrenals and immune system, making it the perfect choice for those who are overworked and overstressed.
With ingredients like lemon, turmeric, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla, this cocktail is not only delicious but also has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. Plus, it contains healthy fats and protein to support your endocrine system. Whether or not you believe in adrenal fatigue, this cocktail is a great way to support your overall health and wellbeing. So why not give it a try and see how it can help you power through your day?
6. Sea Breeze Cocktail Punch
The Sea Breeze Cocktail Punch is a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail that is perfect for summer parties. Made with just three ingredients – vodka, grapefruit, and cranberry juice, this cocktail has a tart and sweet taste that is sure to please. The mix of grapefruit and cranberry juice adds a ton of flavor, making it a great choice for those who prefer less sweet drinks.
The Sea Breeze Cocktail Punch is not only delicious but also visually appealing, making it the perfect addition to any party. If you’re looking for a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail for your next summer party, the Sea Breeze Cocktail Punch is definitely worth a try.
7. Empress Gin Fizz
The Empress Gin Fizz is a refreshing cocktail with a perfect balance of sour and sweet flavors. It gets its beautiful purple color from Empress Gin, which is infused with butterfly pea flower.
The color changes from deep indigo to a soft pink when mixed with citrus or tonic water. It’s a simple yet impressive cocktail that is sure to wow your guests.
The Cosmopolitan cocktail is a timeless classic that gained popularity through the hit TV show, Sex and the City. It’s a martini-style cocktail that packs a punch with vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice, and cranberry juice. Despite its girly pink color, the Cosmo is a party in a glass that is perfect for a night out with friends or a binge-watching session of Sex and the City.
The cocktail can be garnished with an orange rind twist or a lime wheel, and it’s a must-try for anyone looking for a fun and flavorful drink. So, if you’re in the mood for a classic cocktail with a kick, give the Cosmopolitan a try and cheers to friendship and good times!
9. Blackberry-Cucumber Vodka Spritzer
The Blackberry-Cucumber Vodka Spritzer is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that is perfect for summer evenings. The muddled blackberries give the drink a beautiful color, while the fresh cucumber and mint add a crisp and cool touch. The cocktail is finished off with a sparkly finish of bubbly water, which adds a light and effervescent touch.
This cocktail is perfect for those who love fruity and refreshing drinks, and it is sure to be a hit at any summer gathering. If you’re looking for a new cocktail to try this summer, the Blackberry-Cucumber Vodka Spritzer is definitely worth a try.
10. Rum Sunset Cocktail
The Rum Sunset Cocktail is a three-ingredient drink that is perfect for any celebration. This gorgeous rum cocktail is sure to be the highlight of any party. The recipe is super simple, with orange juice, rum, and grenadine, and can be garnished with a slice of lime.
The original recipe calls for light rum, but spiced rum can be used as well. This cocktail would be great for a party, and a double or triple batch can be mixed up to share with friends. The Rum Sunset Cocktail is a refreshing and delicious drink that is perfect for any occasion.
11. Classic Manhattan
The Classic Manhattan is a timeless cocktail that has been around for generations. This energy cocktail is made with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and a secret ingredient that adds a unique twist to the classic drink. The Luxardo Maraschino cocktail cherry syrup is the secret ingredient that adds sweetness and complexity to the cocktail.
The sour Marasca cherries preserved in Luxardo Liqueur give the cocktail a chewy, sweet taste that is hard to resist. This cocktail is an acquired taste for some, but it is worth trying at least once. The Classic Manhattan is perfect for those who want to enjoy a classic cocktail with a modern twist.
12. Shaft Espresso Shot
The Shaft Espresso Shot is a legendary Canadian drink that provides an energy boost without the crash of Red Bull and Vodka. Made with espresso and Kahlua or Irish cream, it has a strong and bold flavor.
The original recipe is said to have originated in Kamloops, B.C. and is perfect for a pre-game drink or mid-session pick-me-up. Give it a try and experience the energy it provides.
13. Blood Orange Boulevardier Cocktail
Looking for a sophisticated sip to warm you up on cooler days? Look no further than the Blood Orange Boulevardier Cocktail. This twist on the classic Boulevardier adds a splash of sweet-tart blood orange juice to the mix, creating a complex and refreshing flavor profile.
Made with bourbon, sweet vermouth, Campari, and blood orange juice, this cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a bitter and herbal taste with a touch of sweetness. The Blood Orange Boulevardier is best served slowly in front of a warm fire, and can be garnished with a slice of blood orange or a flamed orange rind for added flair. If you’re a fan of bourbon and Campari cocktails, this is a must-try recipe.
14. Cosmopolitan Cocktail
The Cosmopolitan Cocktail is a classic drink that has been enjoyed for decades. Made with vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice, and a splash of cranberry juice, this cocktail is perfect for a night out with the girls or a fancy dinner party. The high-quality ingredients used in this recipe make for a smooth and sophisticated taste that is hard to beat.
The Cosmopolitan is typically served in a chilled martini glass with a lemon twist for added flavor and presentation. If you’re a fan of martinis, this is definitely one to try. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience this timeless cocktail.
15. Turmeric “Pick-Me-Up” Tonic
The Turmeric “Pick-Me-Up” Tonic is a delicious and healthy cocktail that is perfect for those looking for a boost of energy.
Made with coconut water, lemon, ginger, turmeric, and honey, this tonic is packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help improve your overall health.
What’s great about this cocktail is that it’s easy to make and can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
Whether you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up or a relaxing drink before bed, the Turmeric “Pick-Me-Up” Tonic is the perfect choice.
Overall, this cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a healthy and refreshing drink that can help improve their energy levels and overall well-being.
16. Pineapple Screwdriver
The Pineapple Screwdriver is a simple yet delicious cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. It is a three-ingredient cocktail that combines the sweetness of pineapple juice with the tanginess of orange juice and the kick of vodka. This tropical twist on the classic screwdriver is sure to be a hit at any party or gathering.
The cocktail can be garnished with an orange twist and Maraschino cherries or a wedge of pineapple and fresh mint. It can also be made ahead and frozen in a zip-top freezer bag for up to three months. If you’re a fan of pineapple cocktails, you’ll definitely want to give this one a try.
17. Hawaiian Vodka Party Punch
Looking for a refreshing and tropical cocktail to serve at your next summer party? Look no further than the Hawaiian Vodka Party Punch. This easy-to-make cocktail is a crowd-pleaser, with its combination of vodka, rum, and pineapple juice.
The addition of coconut rum gives it an extra kick, making it the perfect drink to get the party started. Whether you’re hosting a BBQ, pool party, or just want to enjoy a fun drink on a hot day, this cocktail is sure to transport you to the beaches of Hawaii. So why not mix up a batch and enjoy the taste of the tropics?
18. Blueberry Mojito
The Blueberry Mojito is a perfect blend of fresh blueberries, Bacardi Superior Rum, and real sugar. This cocktail is a twist on the classic mojito, with the addition of blueberries that give it a unique flavor and a beautiful purple hue.
The bartender’s tip of using fresh juice instead of simple syrup adds a depth of flavor that is hard to resist. This cocktail is perfect for those who love rum and are looking for a refreshing and fruity drink. The Blueberry Mojito is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and easy-to-make cocktail.
19. Cape Codder
The Cape Codder is a refreshing cocktail that combines tart cranberry juice with smooth vodka and refreshing lime juice. Originally called the Red Devil, it was created by Ocean Spray in 1945 and quickly became popular all over the United States.
This easy-to-make cocktail is perfect for any occasion and is a beautiful shade of red, reminiscent of beach sunsets. If you’re looking for a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail, the Cape Codder is definitely worth a try.
20. Kamikaze Cocktail
The Kamikaze Cocktail is a classic drink that packs a punch with its three simple ingredients: vodka, orange liqueur, and lime juice. This cocktail is perfect for those who want a quick and easy drink without sacrificing flavor or potency. The balance of the ingredients creates a smooth and refreshing taste that goes down easily, but beware, it can hit you hard if you’re not careful.
It’s a great choice for those who want to enjoy a classic cocktail with a modern twist. So, if you’re looking for a drink that’s easy to make and will give you the energy you need to keep the party going, the Kamikaze Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
If you’re looking for a unique and flavorful cocktail to try, the Michelada is definitely worth a taste. Made with Mexican beer, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce, this spicy and tart drink is perfect for a hangover breakfast or afternoon tacos. The combination of flavors is hard to describe, but it’s a delicious mix of tart, salty, spicy, and fizzy.
The addition of Worcestershire sauce adds a depth of flavor that makes this cocktail interesting and unique. While it does taste like beer, there’s so much more going on that your mouth will be equally confused and satisfied at the same time. If you’re a fan of bloody marys or just looking for a new cocktail to try, the Michelada is definitely worth a sip.
22. Singapore Sling
The Singapore Sling is a legendary cocktail with a complex flavor profile that leans towards sweetness due to the addition of pineapple juice. It was created by Ngiam Tong Boon, a bartender at The Long Bar, Raffles Hotel.
The cocktail includes gin, cherry brandy, D.O.M. Bénédictine, lime juice, bitters, and water. It’s a must-try for anyone looking for a unique and flavorful energy cocktail.
23. Classic Whiskey Sour Cocktail
The Classic Whiskey Sour Cocktail is a timeless drink that has been enjoyed for decades. This cocktail is a perfect blend of sweet, sour, and alcohol bite, making it a favorite among whiskey lovers. The recipe calls for high-quality ingredients, so you can expect a delicious and refreshing drink.
The history of this cocktail dates back to the 1700s, making it a classic that has stood the test of time. If you’re looking for a cocktail that’s easy to make and tastes fantastic, the Classic Whiskey Sour Cocktail is a must-try. So, why not mix one up and enjoy a taste of history?
24. Grapefruit Gin Martini
The Grapefruit Gin Martini is a refreshing and tangy cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. This cocktail is a twist on the classic gin martini, with the addition of grapefruit juice and vodka. The grapefruit juice adds a bright and citrusy flavor to the drink, while the gin and vodka balance it out with their smooth and crisp taste.
This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a tangy and refreshing drink, and it’s a great option for a summer’s day or a Valentine’s Day cocktail. If you’re looking for a new and exciting cocktail to try, the Grapefruit Gin Martini is definitely worth a shot.
25. Strawberry Coconut Margaritas
The Strawberry Coconut Margarita is a unique twist on the classic margarita that combines the flavors of coconut and fresh strawberries. This frozen cocktail is perfect for a warm summer day or a festive Cinco de Mayo celebration. The rim of the glass is coated with toasted coconut, adding a delightful crunch to each sip.
The creamy texture of the coconut and the tartness of the lime juice make for a refreshing and flavorful drink. A fresh strawberry or lime slice garnish adds a pop of color to this pretty-in-pink cocktail. If you’re looking for a fun and delicious way to cool down this summer, the Strawberry Coconut Margarita is definitely worth a try.
26. Cucumber Mojito
Looking for a refreshing and unique twist on the classic mojito cocktail? Look no further than the Cucumber Mojito. This cocktail takes the traditional mojito ingredients of rum, lime, mint, and sugar and adds in fresh cucumber for an extra burst of flavor. The result is a light and refreshing drink that is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.
While any rum can be used, a white rum is recommended for fruity variations to let the flavors of the fruit shine through. Whether you’re making a single cocktail or a pitcher for a party, the Cucumber Mojito is sure to be a hit with your guests. So why not give it a try and add some extra freshness to your next cocktail hour?
27. Cottontail Martini
The Cottontail Martini is a delightful Easter-themed cocktail that is perfect for any spring celebration. With its coconut flavor and adorable marshmallow tail, this cocktail is sure to impress your guests. The base of the cocktail is made with whipped vodka and coconut rum, along with half and half, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice.
The rim of the glass is coated with chopped coconut and honey, and a marshmallow is added as a garnish. This cocktail is not only cute but also delicious, with a tropical fruitiness that is perfect for the season. If you’re looking for a fun and festive cocktail for your next spring gathering, the Cottontail Martini is definitely worth trying.