Do you like throwing parties and having people over? But your anxiety gets the better of you each time because you become perplexed with how to make the food and cocktails seem cool and effortless? Of course, we want to seem like we understand food pairings even if it is for a small intimate gathering. So we thought we’d bring you a few cocktail recipe ideas that will help transport your guests and make you appear like a host that has everything together.

Here are 5 easy breezy, cocktails that work with almost all kinds of food:

When you invite people over for a sit-down meal you don’t want the drinks to be heavy to not leave enough room in their tummies for the delish food about to be served. Serve light and bright drinks with a fruity base and white alcohol, these are drinks that one could knock back or nurse through the event at hand.

1) Mimosa

In a champagne flute, pour the chilled orange juice. Tilt the glass and slowly pour your Champagne or Cointreau or Prosecco. Top up and garnish with a small orange slice.

2) Strawberry Gin & Tonic

Fill a tall glass with ice, pour in your gin and squeeze out the juice of half a lemon into the glass. Now add muddled strawberries. You can keep some bits chunky and runny or if you like a smooth finish then grind your strawberries with a teaspoon of sugar to get your desired consistency. Give it a nice stir and top up with tonic water. Garnish with a strawberry and mint leaves.

3) Banana Daiquiri

This one requires a blender, throw in some bananas, a teaspoon of sugar, half a lemons juice, coconut rum and ice. Blend till smooth and then pour into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a tiny umbrella.

4) Lychee Shandy

Get yourself half a cup of fresh lychee juice for this one and pour in a little bit of water and sugar syrup. Shake with ice in a cocktail mixer and then add in your favourite beer to this mix. Garnish with a fruit you like.

5) Appletini

Freeze your martini glasses before your guests arrive. Get yourself some apple juice, vodka, lemon juice and maple syrup and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake till the outside feels cold to touch and then pour into your glass and garnish with a slice of apple.

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