National Cocktail Day Recipes

Eric Ginsburg

Let's be honest — most these "National Whatever Day" holidays are deeply unserious. I genuinely don't know (or care!) where most come from, assuming they were created by industry trade groups to give their PR reps an excuse to bombard editors and writers with story "ideas" about promoting their product. National Cocktail Day is different.

Celebrated on March 24, it's the same in many respects. But I separate it from the rest of the ilk because it's broad enough and accessible enough to actually participate. And it's something you can actually partake in, with other people. 

Like, I'm sorry, but nobody participates in "National Dentists Day" in early March unless they're in the industry (or a masochist). I'll give you a pass if your dentist runs some sort of discount, but otherwise, sit down.

National Oreo Cookie Day? Absolutely a corporate scam. National Hug Your Dog Day? National French Bread Day? You sound unwell.

National Cocktail Day may be similarly goofy. My job certainly isn't giving us the day off, daycare is open, and if you mention it to the average person without a drinking problem, they'll look at you sideways.

But here's the thing — I have a list of cocktails burning a hole in my pocket. Things I've said I want to make. Whole cocktail recipe books on my shelf that I've yet to crack open and try. (Specifically, Shannon Mustipher's Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails.)

And the reality is, while I feel like a pretty decent home cook at this point, you do not want me making you a cocktail unless I'm following a recipe to a tee. I'm well below the threshold for improvising.

If — like me — this is your excuse to become a more competent home bartender, you're welcome.

Here are 24 to choose from (since the "holiday" is March 24). They're a pretty wide range of options, because depending where you live, late March may be decently warm out or still feel like the depths of winter. Regardless what you're in the mood for or what kind of liquor you prefer, you can find a decent option here.

I'm probably going to start with a martini in honor of my uncle, because it's his favorite drink and National Cocktail Day falls on his birthday. You should have no trouble finding one (or more!) that suits you as well.

Tip: Try these Easter brunch cocktails for the upcoming holiday! Or use our guide to ordering mocktails at a bar if you want something nonalcoholic but still want to celebrate.

1. Grapefruit Campari Rose Water Cocktail Recipe

This Grapefruit Campari Rose Water Cocktail is floral and fresh, with notes of bitterness and brightness. Gosh, we love grapefruit.

2. St. Germain and Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail Recipe

St. Germain and Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail only takes three ingredients. It couldn't be easier, and it tastes delicious!

3. Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cocktail Recipe

Our Cinnamon Toast Crunch cocktail recipe is a delicious RumChata drink that tastes like your favorite cereal in an adult drink. And — believe it or not — it's one of the most popular recipes we've ever published!

4. Pineapple Dark and Stormy Cocktail Recipe

Pineapple Dark and Stormy Cocktail is a fun and lively cocktail for a party. It definitely has a summery vibe, but we're almost there... right?

5. Ginger Brandy Old Fashioned Cocktail

You may have tried or heard of a Brandy Old Fashioned, but you may not have not tried a delicious Ginger Brandy Old Fashioned!

6. Iced Coffee Cocktail Recipe

Iced Coffee Cocktail can be enjoyed any time of year. Enjoy the indulgence.

7. Abominable Snowman Cocktail Recipe

It may feel a little late in the year for this Abominable Snowman Cocktail. But there are still plenty of parts of the country where it could snow today. Or maybe you just really like the color blue.

8. Green Tea Cocktail Recipe

Green Tea Cocktail is the versatile cocktail you can serve at any party. Champagne or sparkling cider--you choose!

9. Maple 43 Cocktail Recipe

The Maple 43 Cocktail brings the warmth of bourbon. Maple and a touch of sweetness make the drink a real winner. It might feel more fall, but we have no interest in policing your preferences.

10. Bourbon Grapefruit Cocktail Recipe

Bourbon Grapefruit Cocktail is a strong and boozy cocktail guaranteed to get the party started. Sweet, tart, and incredibly refreshing!

11. Rumdriver Recipe

Rumdriver combines oranges and pineapples for a summer cocktail you won't forget. Bring the tropics to you!

12. Watermelon Vodka Granita Recipe

Watermelon Vodka Granita tastes as good as it looks. Garnish with fresh mint for one amazing treat!

13. Cucumber Gin Martini Recipe

Cucumber Gin Martini is made with fresh cucumber and quality gin. You won't be disappointed.

14. Grapefruit Whiskey Sour Recipe

This grapefruit whiskey sour makes everything good again. Bright and citrusy, with the kick of bourbon.

15. Black Barrel Tequila Smash Recipe

Black Barrel Tequila Smash will take your cocktail hour to a whole other level. Perfection.

16. Pear Vodka Recipe

This easy pear vodka cocktail is a unique but easy option that you should drink with your pinky out.

17. Lime Drop Martini Recipe

Lime Drop Martini is bright and refreshing. You can make it with any citrus, but the lime is a definite hit!

18. Homemade Spiced Rum Recipe

Homemade Spiced Rum is the queen of all spiced rums, because you can flavor it yourself! It's so easy, and way better than store bought. It makes the perfect addition to every drink, from a Cuba Libre to a tiki cocktail.

19. Charred Orange Whiskey Recipe

A charred orange whiskey cocktail, you say? Oh yes - THIS is a cocktail worth cooking for.

20. Bourbon Sour with Lemon & Rosemary Recipe

Bourbon Sour with Lemon & Rosemary is a fantastic drink year-round, but particularly popular when it's still a little cold out. A great drink with friends!

21. Gin and Ginger Fizz Recipe

Gin and Ginger Fizz is a bright and sparkly cocktail you'll adore. An anticipation of spring!

22. Sweet Tea Vodka Recipe

Maybe it feels like summer already where you are. (Got a spare room I can stay in, if so?) This cocktail is summer personified, but there's nothing wrong with looking ahead to warmer days even if you live somewhere frigid. Hey, we already hit Daylight Savings, so it's practically August.

23. Pineapple Rum Cocktail Recipe

This Pineapple Rum Cocktail brings the vacation to you. Pretend you're on a Caribbean cruise, but not one of the ones I keep seeing on TikTok where things have gone sideways — literally. Keep it chill and make this at home.

24. Raspberry Mint Tequila Smash Recipe

Raspberry Mint Tequila Smash is a simple, refreshing cocktail full of sweetness. Pull this one back out on Cinco de Mayo in a few weeks (yes, already).

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