Cocktail List With a Twist (Unusual Cocktail Recipes!)


As promised last week, here is my cocktail list with a twist! Following up on my post about How to Throw a kickass cocktail party, I have compiled a list of some of my favourite and most popular cocktails from my bar working days. These ones were always a big hit and not your average ones! Hope you enjoy…

Caramel Nut – Nutty ice cream cocktail

Makes 2:

INGREDIENTS – 30ml Butter scotch

60ml Creme de cacao

4 scoops of softened and mashed vanilla ice-cream

Chocolate/caramel syrup for the topping or around the inside of the glass

Chopped nuts to garnish

DIRECTIONS – Pour all ingredients into a shaker 

Shake well and pour into tumbler or martini glasses

Sprinkle chopped nuts and chocolate syrup to garnish

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Frozen Matador – Crushed ice tequila blend

Makes 1:

INGREDIENTS – 45 ml Tequila

Lime juice

1 cup pineapple juice

Crushed ice

Tumbler glass

A twist of lime peel

DIRECTIONS – Pour the crushed ice into a cocktail shaker.

Pour the rest of the ingredients in and shake well.

Garnish with a twist of lime.

Frozen Matador cocktail

Grasshopper – Minty Creamy Goodness

Makes 1:

INGREDIENTS – 2 oz fresh cream

2 oz Creme de Menthe

2 oz Creme de cacao (white)

Chocolate shavings

DIRECTIONS – Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice

Shake well, then strain into 2 martini glasses

Garnish with a sprig of mint and chocolate shavings

Grasshopper cocktail

The Caipirinha – A Brazilian classic similar to a Mojito with a twist

Makes 1:

INGREDIENTS – 4 key limes halved and seeded / 2 medium juicy limes cut into eight

2oz Cachaça

2 tsp white sugar


Cocktail shaker

A muddler

A tumbler glass

DIRECTIONS – Put the limes and sugar in the shaker and muddle well.

Pour in the ice and Cachaça

Shake in the shaker and pour into the tumbler

Add a twist of lime to garnish

Caipirinha cocktail

The Screaming Orgasm – A creamy sweet treat concoction

Makes 1:

INGREDIENTS – 1oz coffee liqueur 

1 oz Irish cream liqueur

1 oz Amaretto

Heavy cream

DIRECTIONS – Add the alcohol and cream to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well

Strain into a martini glass

Garnish with some chocolate

Screaming orgasm cocktail

Da Vinci Code – An unexpected taste

Makes 1:

INGREDIENTS – 15ml Frangelico

30ml white rum

30ml orange juice

Dash of passion fruit syrup

Passion fruit to garnish 

DIRECTIONS – Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker of ice

Mix well and strain into a small glass with ice

Top with a spoonful of passionfruit

Da Vinci code passionfruit cocktail

Illusion – a tropical dream cocktail

Makes 1:

INGREDIENTS – 15ml Midori

15ml vodka

15ml Triple sec

Lime juice

Pineapple juice

Fruit to garnish

DIRECTIONS – Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice

Mix well and pour into a tall glass with ice.

Garnish with fruit such as pineapple or maraschino cherry

illusion cocktail pic

Copa Verde Shots (Green Cups) by Dale DeGroff (mixologist)

Makes 8:


1 tsp fresh, roughly chopped thyme

Lime juice (4oz)

2 tsp Kosher salt

8oz silver tequila

4oz water

4oz light agave syrup

1 ripe avocado peeled


A blender

Shot glasses

A cocktail shaker

DIRECTIONS – Mix thyme and salt in a bowl

Apply agave syrup to the rims of the shot glasses with your finger.

Dip the rims of the glasses in the thyme and salt mixture.

Put all the rest of the ingredients in the blender and blend til smooth.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice up to half way and pour in the same amount of mixture.

Shake well to chill (30seconds) and strain the mixture into the shot glasses.

Repeat with rest of the ingredients.

copa verde shot

Tequila Fresa – a fruity spice kick

Makes 1:

INGREDIENTS – 45ml Tequila

15ml strawberry liqueur

10ml fresh lime juice

Dash of bitters

Ice in a tumbler

Strawberries to garnish

DIRECTIONS – Add the liquids to a cocktail shaker with ice

Mix well, then strain into a tumbler glass with ice and strawberry slices

Garnish with strawberries

Tequila Fresa cocktail

Zombie – a tasty tropical cocktail

Makes 1:

INGREDIENTS – 30ml golden rum

15ml white rum

75ml pineapple juice

15ml lime juice

60ml grapefruit juice

1tsp castor sugar

Mint leaves to garnish

DIRECTIONS – Shake all liquids and sugar in a shaker with ice.

Strain into a highball with ice and garnish with with mint and/or fruit.

Zombie cocktail

Snickers Shot – Yumminess in a glass

INGREDIENTS – 1/3 shot Kahlua

1/3 Frangelico

1/3 Baileys to top

Sprinkles of grated chocolate to top

DIRECTIONS – Use the back of a teaspoon rested on the edge of the shot glass to slowly and gently pour the baileys onto the top.

Sprinkle on the grated chocolate

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Oreo Cookie Shot – an unexpected experience!

INGREDIENTS – One half shot of Frangelico

One half shot of Lime cordial

A dash of cracked black pepper

DIRECTIONS – Have the 2 shot glasses lined up and a dash of pepper on back of hand as you would tequila salt.

Pour the Frangelico shot into your mouth but don’t swallow.

Now pour the lime cordial in and swish them around in your mouth.

Swallow the shot and follow by licking the cracked pepper off your hand.

Tastes like Oreo’s!!!

Oreo cookie frangelico shot


Hope you have fun making and trying the drinks from this cocktail list with a twist! They are unusual cocktail recipes but so so good! Enjoy sensibly!

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I have compiled a list of some of my favourite and most popular cocktails from my bar working days. These ones were always a big hit. Not your average ones!

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